Events to plan for!

C A L E N D A R - O F - E V E N T S
  • FALL EVENTS
    Sept-November
  • WINTER EVENTS
    Dec - February
  • SPRING EVENTS
    March - May
  • SUMMER EVENTS
    June - August

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Cultural Heritage Festival

It's about art and West Coast life as one. Join the Pacific Rim Arts Society in exploring art forms that represent the diversity in the cultural heritage of the west coast.

The Cultural Heritage Festival returns to Tofino, Ucluelet and the West Coast Region.

Calendar at Pacific Rim Arts Society.

S E P T E M B E R

Carving On the Edge Festival

Carving on the edge showcases the traditional and contemporary exploration of west coast carving with exhibits, forums, feasts, family programs and demonstrations.

Art shows and a carving workshop headline this unique festival. Visit a long list of galleries and public art displays exploring the rich tradition of carving on the west coast. Carvers will be hosting hand-on events. Come join the celebration! For more information, click here.

Golf Tournaments (year round events)

Proceeds go toward good causes such as the Ucluelet Secondary School's athletics program! Held at the Long Beach Golf Course near Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park.

Terry Fox Run  September 20

Third Sunday in September, held on the Wild Pacific Trail Ucluelet.

O C T O B E R

Surf Compititions

The Pacific Rim has been discovered by world class surfing compitions for several years in a row. Check back for breaking news on dates. In addition to the beaches within the District of Tofino (Cox Bay, North and South Chesterman, McKenzie) the competition may be expanded to include beaches within the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Queen of the Peak Surf Comp

The Queen of the Peak is an annual all women's surf championship, created by Surf Sister and Shelter Restaurant. This event showcases and celebrates the amazing female surf talent present here on the west coast.. queenofthepeak.com

CLAYOQUOT SALMON FESTIVAL

Celebrating the return of the salmon, the Clayoquot Salmon Festival provides residents and visitors an opportunity to reflect upon, and build an active appreciation for, the irreplaceable value of salmon in Clayoquot Sound.

N O V E M B E R

Clayoquot Oyster Growers Festival

November is Oyster Month! Keeping Tofino’s population growing since 1997, the Clayoquot Oyster Festival celebrates Tofino’s favourite bivalve. It is held annualy on the 3rd week of November, coinciding with the beginning of the area’s oyster harvest as this is when oysters are at their plumpest. oystergala.com

Christmas Craft Fairs
 Late November to early December

Local artists and artisans create an impressive array of gift items. A popular event sponsored by the Pacific Rim Arts Society for locals and visitors. Events are held in both Ucluelet and Tofino.

 

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Winter Celebration Artist Festival

Check here for further information: www.pacificrimarts.ca

Sailpast

Mid December

A fun event for kids of any age! Join the sound and light parade of boats, best viewed from the Main Street dock at Ucluelet's Whiskey Landing. Hot chocolate and cookies.

Aquarium Release Day,

December

Come down to the Ucluelet Aquarium and help release all the special little creatures back into the wild! This all ages event is free and will begin at 11 am and will finish once all the creatures, and the (quite large) octopus is back in the ocean. Bring your family, friends. Last chance to visit until the spring.

Storm Watching Season

Regular high winds off the west coast are delighting storm-watchers with really impressive waves. Click here for a storm watching page. Watch the breathtaking beauty and power of a winter storm, followed by fine dining and a cozy room. The ideal winter get-away! The west coast is GREEN year round and coastal breezes keep the temperatures mild. Room rates are low and the beaches are empty. Mild west coast weather becomes punctuated with wildly powerful storms. Rainbows, surf pounded beaches, mists and storm clouds alternate in beauty. Experienced surfers also enjoy the biggests waves of the year.

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Current and forecasted: Wave and Surf Conditions   •Current Tide Tables

Click here for a special storm watching page

Tofino Film Festival
click to learn more!  February

Annual film festival in the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre. Great event, visit this site for details: www.tofinofilmfestival.com

 

Mazoola Theatre

February

A performace of school children with the guidance of a traveling theater group.

Pacific Rim Whale Festival

MARCH 10 -- 18, 2018
Gray Whales have heralded the coming of spring along the west coast of Vancouver Island for thousands of years. Grays travel close to shore, pausing to feed in shallow waters, providing excellent viewing opportunities from strategic shore locations or get aboard a whale watching tour.

As well as the unique opportunity to see these huge marine mammals, the festival offers daily educational and fun events in Pacific Rim National Park, and the communities of Ucluelet and Tofino designed to involve the whole family. Ocean scientists and whale researchers present programs about whale migration, biology and the conservation efforts that have brought the Gray whales back from the edge of extinction. There will be lots to see, do and learn, so come on over to the wild west coast to see the Gray Whales on Parade! Click here for an action packed calendar of events: pacificrimwhalefestival.com

Art Splash

MARCH 10 -- 18, 2018
Pacific Rim Arts Society’s Annual Spring Art Show
West Coast artists’ work on display and available for purchase. Come view paintings, drawings, ceramics, 3-D & multi-media works, jewellery, photography, carvings, sculpture & more. This event grows every year, plan to attend! www.pacificrimarts.ca

Great Gray Whale Migration

In the Nuu-Chah-Nulth language, April is aptly known as the Month of the Flying Geese. In addition to the thousands of Gray Whales that migrate past our shores in April, tens of thousands of birds and wildfowl reach the West Coast in their annual migration. Gray Whales continue to pass the shoreline as well .

BC Arts & Culture Week

April 2018

Running at your local art shops

Annual Earth week EVENTS:

April 22 is Earth Day, but events occure all week.

Events all week by the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Raincoast Education Society and many other community activities.

20th Annual Shorebird Festival

Early May

Tens of thousands of birds and wildfowl reach the West Coast in their annual migration. Ucluelet/Tofino is directly in the path of the Pacific Flyway, and is an ideal location for nature watchers. Overhead large flocks of birds fill the sky. The estuaries along Barkley Sound and Clayoquot Sound are resting places for the flocks.

The Tofino Shorebird Festival is includes a full range of events for birders of all levels: guest talks from local researchers, a guided kayak birding tour, a guided voyage to see the birds of Cleland Island, and more! Visit the Tofino Shorebird Festival webpage for the full list of events.

RIP CURL PRO TOFINO

Summer, 2018
Rip Curl Pro Tofino is Canada’s largest surfing competition and the only one in Canada open to all divisions. Sanctioned by the Canadian Surfing Association, it's also the Canadian Surfing Championship. Learn more>

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Wild Pacific Trail Interpretive Walks

July to September in Ucluelet

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Interpretive walk on WILD PACIFIC TRAIL FREE naturalist-led events are designed for all ages and abilities. Learn from experts about this uniquely rare environment tracing the edge of the sea. Visit www.wildpacifictrail.com for more information

Summer Markets in both Tofino and Ucluelet

TOFINO PUBLIC MARKET

Saturdays May 31 through September
10:00 10 am - 2 pm Tofino Village Green

Artisan wares and upcycled creations, fresh local food and beverages, plus live entertainment for the whole family! www.tofinomarket.com

UKEE NIGHT MARKET night market logo

Friday 5-9pm May through September
Ucluelet Village Green ( across from the aquarium)

Make it, grow it, gather it" evening market. Rain or shine weekly non-profit free event on the Village Green. Crafts, great coffee, fresh local food and live entertainment for the whole family. See facebook for current events.

RIP CURL PRO TOFINO

June TBA

Rip Curl Pro Tofino is Canada’s largest surfing competition and the only one in Canada open to all divisions. Sanctioned by the Canadian Surfing Association, it's also the Canadian Surfing Championship. www.ripcurlprotofino.com/

Tofino Food & Wine Festival

June 3-5,

Tofino Food and Wine Festival celebrates the marriage of food and wine, with the main event, Grazing in the Gardens, showcasing local culinary talents and British Columbia wines in the beautiful Tofino Botanical Gardens.
www.tofinofoodandwinefestival.com

Edge to Edge Marathon or Half Maraton

June 14-17,

The Edge to Edge Marathon has just been selected by Attractions Canada as the #1 Athletic Attraction in all of Canada!

NEW COURSE INCORPORATES WILD PACIFIC TRAIL – www.wildpacifictrail.com less hills and more trail run! The course will now be off the main highway, with start and finish in Ucluelet. There will be road portions on a less travelled two-lane highway to Port Albion, followed by bike path and Wild Pacific Trial portions and winding through Ucluelet. Register early. Contact the Edge to Edge Marathon or call the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce for details (250-726-4641).

Van Isle 360 (Yacht Race)

June,

The Van Isle 360 is an international yacht race circumnavigating Vancouver Island for 3 weeks in June every two years.
International attention will be focused on ten communities on Vancouver Island who have been designated host ports. As the host port on the longest portion of the race, the June layover in Ucluelet has scheduled activities for both racer and spectators. The start lline for this leg of the race can be viewed from Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet or from spectator boats, Wednesday 9:30am June 19th. This will be a spectacular event you won’t want to miss. Vessels can be seen at Ucluelet's Small Craft Harbour. vanisle360.com

Run the Wild SideTrail Race

TBA JUNE,

The 3rd annual “Run the Wild Side Trail Run.” This race will be a 5 km, 10 km or a 22 km half marathon on the morning of Saturday, June 21. The 10k race will travel to Kutcous and back. The 22k half marathon will travel to Cow bay and back. The Wild Side Trail is an 11km adventure that follows the rugged coast and wilderness of the Clayoquot Sound, with a plethora of interesting spiritually significant locations in the traditional territories of the Ahousaht First Nation.

Aboriginal Days

June 21,

Aboriginal Day celebrations at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve · Native performances of dance and music. Guided Nuu-chch-nulth Trail tour· Lunch provided by donation

Children’s Events:
· Face painting
· Language game
· Stealing Sticks game on beach

Artists-in-aciton:
· Numerous Artists demonstrate their crafts

Long Beach Golf Tournaments

April through September

PGA of BC, West Coast Shootout, PGA of BC Pro events. Visit longbeachgolfcourse.com or call 250-725-3332.

Summer Surf Jam

May & June

BC Surfing Association competition will attract national and international surfers to Cox Bay Tofino. DJs, BBQ and food. Free for spectators. This highly anticipated event is a two-day judged surf contest and music jam. A visually exciting and crowd pleasing event attracts fans and spectators from across BC and the rest of the country as well as competitive surfers from California, Hawaii, Australia, Brazil and around the world surfing head-to-head against Canada’s best.

Canada Day July 1,

The West Coast’s annual celebration of Canada’s Birthday. Festivities include Colour Guard Parade, children’s crafts and activities, sand castle competition, beach volleyball, free family BBQ and more! Sponsored by Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, activities will take place on Wickaninnish Beach and in Ucluelet.

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TOFINO SALTWATER CLASSIC

Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July,
In its seventh year, the Tofino Saltwater Classic fishing derby was created by the National Hockey League's Brendan Morrison as a fundraiser for Tofino community initiatives.

Summer Music Fest

Thursday June 30th to Saturday July 9th,

Pacific RIm Art Society will host 16 fun-filled days of music, dance, theatre, visuals, and art in Tofino and Ucluelet. Visit pacificrimarts.ca for details.

Ukee Days

July 22-24, Ucluelet

Ukee Days is a 3-day weekend long festival celebrating westcoast life featuring Logger Sports Canadian Championships, live music and performances, awesome food and retail vendors, a fantastic parade, beer gardens, pancake breakfast, Salmon & Oyster BBQ, hilarious contests and so much more. A popular highlight is a "Nail, Sail, Bail" boat race on the harbour. Link to details.

Lantern Festival

August 14,

Come join the enchantment! Build a paper lantern at the Rainforest Interpretive Centre then bring your creation to the festival at the Tofino Botanical Gardens for a walk through magical forest paths and reflecting pools. Performers add music from the shadows. Not to be missed! Visit www.raincoasteducation.org for more info.

Otalith Music Festival

August 19th and 20th, at Ucluelet's REC Hall

Otalith is not your average music festival. It's a fundraiser for some great causes that promote coastal awareness. Click here to learn more.

CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Sunday August 28th to Sunday September 4th,
It's about art and West Coast life as one. Join the Pacific Rim Arts Society in exploring art forms that represent the diversity in the cultural heritage of the west coast. The Cultural Heritage Festival returns to Tofino, Ucluelet and the West Coast Region.

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