Marine Mammal Research, with Subtidal Adventures

Saturday March 24, 2018 : 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Subtidal Adventures, 1950 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet

Join a local marine researcher for a fun-filled research trip by zodiac boat in Barkley Sound. Long-time whale watching company Subtidal Adventures introduces you to local marine mammals and involve you in identifying individual whales and their habits.  2.5 – 3 hour tour length. Adults $109.00, Children 4-12 years $89.00. Advanced booking required for this very popular event. 
Contact Subtidal Adventures directly for reservations. Partnered event: 25% of proceeds go to support the Whale festival.  Phone 1-877-444-1134 or email

All About Whales
Kids/Family Fun
Maritime & Coastal Cultures
Ticket Requiring Admission

ARTSPLASH! - Annual ART SHOW- Artist in Action

Saturday March 24, 2018 : 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Black Rock Ocean Front Resort, 596 Marine Dr., Ucluelet



Artist in Action, Denise Paluck

Denise is a full time painter, working in acrylics. She considers herself fortunate to live within the glorious and muscular landscape of western Canada. All of her art making is grounded in the natural world: there is no better muse. 

“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! Daily until the 25th 10am–6pm



Arts & Culture
Maritime & Coastal Cultures
Wheelchair Accessible

Whale Spotting and Whale Touch Table - Learn to Camp

Saturday March 24, 2018 : 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kwisitis Centre, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Join Parks Canada and learn about grey whales and their migration up the coast. Meet the interpreters on the deck of the Kwisitis Visitor Centre where you can test your cetacean knowledge and maybe even spot a grey whale.

11-3pm, Learn To Camp
Join Parks Canada’s Learn to Camp team to discover and practice some basics of campsite set up. Subjects include campsite planning, safe food storage practices, learning the Leave No Trace principles, wildlife safety and packing tips for front-country camping.

All About Whales
Maritime & Coastal Cultures
Wheelchair Accessible

S'more-y Time Around the Campfire

Saturday March 24, 2018 : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Point Campground, Group Site, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve


Share songs and stories around the campfire with Parks Canada! Learn about some of the wildlife that make the area special and try your hand at making the perfect s’more!


Kids/Family Fun
Maritime & Coastal Cultures

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Lauren McWhinnie; Endangered Southern Resident Killer whales

Saturday March 24, 2018 : 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Kwisitis Visitor Centre, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve


Exposure to ship-source marine noise is an emerging issue that is increasingly shown to interfere with many of key life functions of marine mammals such as their ability to communicate, forage and navigate. Cetaceans and in particular Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) are already facing increasing amounts of noise exposure from large ships in the Salish Sea as marine vessel traffic increases. While the majority of large vessel movement can be captured and assessed through the use of Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), the contribution of smaller non-AIS vessels is not currently as quantifiable.

Therefore our research focuses on collecting information on both non-AIS vessel and the presence of marine mammals (including SRKW) using three passive forms of data collection; an AIS receiver, hydrophones and a land-based camera. This talk will present an outline of the work being undertaken, from the design stages to installation and highlight some of the initial findings from the early analysis work. It will also discuss the importance of this information within the designated Critical Habitat of endangered Southern Resident Killer whales.

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

All About Whales
Button Event
Interpretive Talks
Maritime & Coastal Cultures
Wheelchair Accessible