March 20 Event List

Saturday March 20, 2021 : 7:00 am - 7:01 am

Events for Saturday March 20 and related links:

10 - 11 - Getting to Know BC's Killer Whales - Sarah Wilson

7  -  9 - Ocean Wonders - Marine Detective Jackie Hildering

Scroll down for more information on each of these events.

ON DEMAND: remember to check out our Videos page for great videos such as Bobs & LoLo and the Tofino/Ucluelet Choir.

Kids/Family Fun

Saturday Maritime Kid's Week Activity - SIMRS Fun & Games

Saturday March 20, 2021 : 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
at home activity

Marine Kid's Week Activities:  Remember that kid's week activities can be done at any time within your own bubble.  See below for today's recommended activity and check other days for other possible activities.

Strawberry Isle Marine Research has put together a "Whaley" fun and games that you can do at home at your own pace.  Please email SIMRS for your activity pack.  You can see the poster by clicking here and you can email SIMRS at

We have structured our suggested activities so that they can be done within the safety of your own home bubble.  There are no "in person" gatherings at this year's festival.

All About Whales
Kids/Family Fun
Maritime & Coastal Cultures

Getting to Know BC's Killer Whales - Sarah Wilson

Saturday March 20, 2021 : 10:00 am - 11:00 am
virtual - please register below

British Columbia has been known for decades as a hotspot for killer whales. Over 1000 roam our rugged coastline and while they all belong to the same species, Orcinus orca, they are anything but the same! Join Sarah Wilson from Ocean Wise to learn about the different species, the threats they face, and what you all at home can do to help! This talk is engaging and educational fun for the whole family.

The BC Cetacean Sightings Network is a research and conservation program of Ocean Wise’s Marine Mammal Research Program, in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Our goal is to increase public awareness of British Columbia’s cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and sea turtles and the threats to their survival. Our sightings are analyzed to better understand the relative abundance, distribution, and habitat use of BC’s cetaceans.

All About Whales
Interpretive Talks
Kids/Family Fun

Flash Beach Clean - Surfrider and Tofino Resort & Marina

Saturday March 20, 2021 : 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cox Bay Beach - individual bubbles

Wow, come on out and help Surfrider Pacrim and the Tofino Resort & Marina with a flash beach clean at Cox Bay beach.  Please note that this is not a group activity.  You will be operating in your own family bubble.  Here is how you can help.

Public parking is available for Cox Bay Beach. Please do not park at any of the lodges as this is private parking for guests only. Surfrider/TRM will be there with a designated drop-off spot for the litter you find.

Download the Marine Debris Tracker app so you can record what you pick up on the beach. You can get this set up before you come, to make it easier to start tracking right away.

Come with your own buckets, pickers and gloves and make sure to follow COVID protocols while you do your part in the clean up.  This means having your mask, staying socially distanced, and avoiding grouping up or congregating. Be aware, stay safe.

Surfrider/TRM will have a designated drop-off point set up for you to deposit the debris you have found.

And don't forget to take a photo and tag us in social media with your Marine Debris Tracker username to be entered to win.

Interpretive Walks
Kids/Family Fun
Maritime & Coastal Cultures

Ocean Wonders - Marine Detective Jackie Hildering

Saturday March 20, 2021 : 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This talk will focus on lessons learned from: - a previously undocumented Humpback Whale feeding strategy - the plight of Sunflower Stars - the human psychology that often leads to disconnect from life in dark seas.

The emphasis will be on how little we know about the life-sustaining force on our planet; and thereby the great need for education, precaution, connection and humility.

Presenter Jackie Hildering, “The Marine Detective” and lives on NE Vancouver Island. She is an educator, cold water diver, underwater photographer and whale researcher. She is also the co-founder and Education and Communications Director for the Marine Education and Research Society (MERS).

Adult Activities
All About Whales
Interpretive Talks
Maritime & Coastal Cultures