Clayoquot Sound
Clayoquot Sound
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Clayoquot Sound is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Major inlets include Sydney Inlet, Shelter Inlet, Herbert Inlet, Bedwell Inlet, Lemmens Inlet, and Tofino Inlet. Major islands include Flores Island, Vargas Island, and Meares Island.
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AnLil
966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
If you like nature, mountains and water, you won’t get better than the UNESCO biosphere of Clayoquot Sound. Long settled by Americans, draft dodgers and Catholic priests, photos depict the First Nations on the West coast (Nuu-chah-Nulth Council Maaqtusiis from the area of Naciks or Ahousaht reserve) taken to several local historical Indian residential school sites. Cycling highway 4 or renting a car from Nanaimo airport offers a mountainous and scenic few hours’ driving stretch to Tofino, where a fishing vessel (G.I. Charles) or water taxi ride (Robinson’s Elsie Jay) can be prearranged from the government dock. To get to the Wellness Centre or Wild Side Trail on Ahousaht Nation’s Flores Island, pack food or ask someone knowledgeable of Ahousaht Fisheries about obtaining
local oysters, Halibut, salmon, red snapper, copper and cod fish. From Templar Channel /Clayoquot Sound’s waters you’ll spot whales, otters, or grazing black bears around Vancouver Island. Riding by Pacific swells at the sandy stretch near Esowesta Reserve and Casiiwa (tsa-shii-wa) Incinerator Rock at Long Beach (24-hour info. 250-726-3604) there are park washrooms; and past the Botanical Garden you can stop at shops. Seaman Luke Robinson of ElsieJay has everything you need to know if heading to destinations in and around Tofino. Rhino Cafe offers great coffee and a washroom stop in the town. Just outside Nanaimo on the way to Port Alberni, there’s an information centre on the South side of highway 4 with free restroom access and picnic tables. Further on, you can pick up smoked salmon at Tom Watts’ home and buy his cookbook during another stop West of Port Alberni. If staying at Tofino, you can also catch a boat to Flores’ skateboard park or Hot Springs, and enjoy a kayak excursion. You’ll be entranced by magical Clayoquot Sound, where the Pacific Northwest drew explorers over three centuries. It’s a beautiful place that’s full of marine adventures to die for.
Written 16 August 2023
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bev120862
Midhurst, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
Whilst on our tour with Remote Passages, we were taken along Clayoquot Sound and other inlets. Amazing
Written 1 July 2022
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Tracy P
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Watching the sea otters play along the shore, so cute. Lots of eerie mist to make the area seem more romantic! Loved it.
Written 28 April 2022
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rssrob
West Kelowna, Canada683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Looking over at Meares island you are looking in to the past. Some of the biggest trees around are located here.
Written 2 October 2021
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S_Leach
Nanaimo, Canada924 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2020
This area of the World is spectacular. We are fortunate to live in Nanaimo, just a short drive away. We were just here for a couple of nts. (B.C. officially inCovid Phase 3) to shake off the isolation cobwebs... a day's kayaking w/ Tofino Sea Kayaking gear & guide was just what we needed. We took in the amazing vistas, listening to the sound of our oars cutting through the water. Our guide, born & raised in Tofino, was SO informative that we came away with a much grater appreciation for the area, history & people. Up close & personal tour of Clayoqyot Sound is not to be missed when visiting the area.
We loved seeing a bit of local wildlife too .. timid harbour seals came up to our kayaks to see what we were all about & eagles flew overhead in abundance.
Written 4 July 2020
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Graham P
Melton Mowbray, UK564 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We took a zodiac from Tofino and soon reached the peaceful waters of the Sound. Harbour seals, eagles were seen and then a Black Bear and cub along the shoreline, too far away to follow into the trees but our Captain soon made for another area where my wife spotted a male bear "crabbing" on the shore.
We had the priviledge of following him (at a reasonable distance) along the shore as he rolled over huge rocks to grab the small black crabs below. Handfuls then eaten (whole) whilst moving along to the next rock!
All boat movements were made to ensure the wildlife was not intruded upon and we thoroughlty enjoyed the nearly 3 hr trip.
With snow capped mountains in the far distance, the smooth waters of the sound and our busy black bear this was a memorable place. As good as Spirit Island in the Rockies.
Written 26 October 2019
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Elizabeth N
Twickenham, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Even at 6:30 in the morning, in the pouring rain, this has to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth
Written 5 October 2019
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jsfloyd
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Couples
I highly recommend kayaking in this area via a short or long tour. Tofino Kayaking is a fine tour company with good guides.
Written 28 July 2019
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Chris V
Lynnwood, WA211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Couples
For having the tourist town of Tofino on the sound, there is surprisingly little boat traffic on the sound. Our kayaking trip was quiet, beautiful, and amazing, with jellyfish, crab, and sea stars visible beneath the water.
Written 8 July 2019
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John C
Belfast, UK921 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
lovely spring day - the scenery is amazing and hard to take in at times - so clean and the fresh air - a must do either by boat or car
Written 15 June 2019
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