Nowhere else on earth has the meeting of land and sea created such a divers and magnificent eco system as the west coast of Vancouver Island. The waters of Pacific Rim National Park and the coastal regions nearby have often been referred to as second to none and as Jacque Cousteau put it, second, only to the Great Barrier Reef. Water clarity and a nutrient rich environment combine to provide the building blocks for life, a striving life.
As in many coastal communities eco adventure tourism is becoming a striving industry, rather than just offer our guest’s a 2-3 hour whale watching cruise, At the Barkley adventure Station we offer a 4-5 hour Marine Eco Adventure.
Our knowledgeable guides will ignite your imaginations with local First Nations history and folklore as you make way through Ucluelets Harbour bound for the pristine waters of Barkley Sound and the Broken group Island. As you reach the harbour mouth the journey really begins with sightings of whales almost imminent. From there you will continue to learn about the rich variety of sea life along the shores of the Pacific Coast, which could include the sightings of many if not all of the following, Grey Whales, Humpback Whales, Stellar and California Sea Lions, Bears, Porpoises, Otters, Eagles and more..
From there you will continue on into Pacific Rim National Park and the Broken Group Islands in Barkley Sound, navigating on the edge of the Graveyard of the Pacific, all the while your guide will be sharing tales of memorable First Nations communities that once were prominent on these remote islands.
The breathtaking visual backdrops, of the broken group islands, once again where land meets sea, often have been linked to the inspirations of local artists such as Roy Vickers, as well many others. It is truly an experience that will build lasting memories to share with friend and family alike.
Departure times for the Eco Adventure Tours are flexible so please check ahead to confirm availability and departure times.