The waters around Ucluelet in Spring see as many as 20,000 grey whales during one of the biggest annual migrations on the planet. These magnificent mammals travel from the Mexico Baja Peninsula to the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea of Alaska to feed in the fish-rich waters of the North in winter. This journey is over 22,000 kilometres, the longest of any migration of any creature in the world. If you plan your trip in March or April, you might just get to witness it.

If you can’t make it to Ucluelet in Spring, there are other whale and marine animal sightings from April through to November. Gray whales hang around feeding in the coastal waters of Barkley and Clayoquot Sound. Sightings of Humpback whales have been known to happen as early as February but, are more consistent from June through September. Orcas periodically show throughout the year, sometimes right in Ucluelet’s own Inner Harbour.