Friday March 16, 2018 : 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, 596 Marine Dr, Ucluelet

First evening - artist reception

Runs March 16 thru to March 25th 10am-6pm daily.        

    “ArtSplash!” is the largest non-juried Annual Art Show on the west coast and once again this year it will be in conjunction with the Whale Festival.  Up to 60 artists will have their work for sale and on selected days Artists in Action will be demonstrating their skills.  This is a fantastic opportunity to see the creative work of regional established and emerging artists.   Admission:  Free – donations appreciated!


Arts & Culture
Maritime & Coastal Cultures
Wheelchair Accessible

Storytelling with artist Roy Henry Vickers

Friday March 16, 2018 : 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Eagle Aerie Gallery, 350 Campbell St, Tofino

            Renowned First Nation artist Roy Henry Vickers intimately shares personal stories of coastal life and inspirations, in his own longhouse gallery. He will be releasing Limited Edition prints and will be available for signing following the storytelling. Everyone welcome! Thanks to Eagle Aerie Gallery for years of Whale Festival support.
FREE event – no Admission.

Arts & Culture
First Nations Cultural Features
Kids/Family Fun
Wheelchair Accessible

GUEST SPEAKER: Brittany Visona, Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program

Friday March 16, 2018 : 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Long Beach Lodge, Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino

One Fish, Two Fish, Blackfish … Blackfish?

Examining the differences between the three ecotypes of killer whales in B.C.

Killer whales of the Northeast Pacific are not a single, homogenous group. In fact, three different ecotypes of killer whales exist in B.C. – residents, Bigg’s (transients) and offshores. While they look similar from a far, each group is genetically distinct. Not only do they not interbreed, but they are morphologically different, they behave differently, their calls are different and they have completely different hunting strategies – which are related to their specialized diets. Each ecotype is listed as either threatened or endangered, with certain threats – such as prey availability, toxins, underwater noise and vessel disturbance – having a greater impact on one ecotype compared to the others. Join Brittany Visona, Coordinator of the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program and Research Assistant at the Coastal Ocean Research Institute’s Marine Mammal Research Program (an Ocean Wise initiative), to learn more about the three ecotypes of killer whales that call B.C.’s waters home, and how our knowledge of them has grown over the last 40 years.

Button event – no Admission. Buttons Button Event will be available for purchase

All About Whales
Button Event
Interpretive Talks
Maritime & Coastal Cultures