About the Area/What to do
The Red Crow has a location second to none for wildlife viewing: It sits on five acres of old growth forest and overlooks a provincially designated wildlife sanctuary known as the Tofino flats. The property is home to a pair of nesting eagles and a pair of great blue herons, and is part of the foraging territory of a murder of ravens, and another of crows. A family of river otter plays and fishes in the shallow estuaries in front of the guest house and, in spring and summer, the black bears scour the shoreline for crabs and berries. In August it is not uncommon to see up to 50 great blue heron feeding in the estuaries and during spring and fall the shallows and eelgrass flats are a ruckus of innumerable varieties of migrant ducks and geese.
Watch the migrating Gray Whales on their annual journey from Baja to Alaska. Enjoy a two hour boat ride on a zodiac or covered vessel with several departures throughout the day. On the tours frequent sightings of humpback and orca whales and a variety of other wildlife are also popular.
Watch the Black Bears feed on shell fish during low tide. Boat tours are scheduled once a day during low tide and they are 2 to 4 hours long.
The village of Tofino borders the second most important fly-way for migrating birds on the Southern British Columbia coast. More than 100 bird species frequent the inlet waters and outside beaches for feeding, rest and shelter. The inter-tidal and estuarine waters provide valuable nutrients as well as act as a nursery for young salmon and other marine species. These tidal mud-flats are recognized as invaluable habitat and are a provincially designated protected area.
The Red Crow Guesthouse has an unsurpassed vista overlooking the Bird Sanctuary and offshore islands. Bring your spotting scope and binoculars and enjoy hours of pleasure watching the ever-changing tidal waterways and the many bird and animal species that reside, forage and rest here.
Guided tours are also available with local knowledgeable guides.
Hot Springs Tours
Located in a very remote location north of Tofino, this natural wonder is open year-round and accessible only by boat or seaplane. Bring your lunch and drinking water as you will need it in this undeveloped site. Most of the year on your way there and back you can enjoy some whale watching and other wildlife sightings.
Deep sea fishing is available year round in Tofino. You can fish for Chinook salmon year round, halibut from March to September and Coho salmon from June to November. Fly fishing also available with remote excursions in the mountains by seaplane or helicopter.
Nature Walks, Hiking and Beaches
From guided walks with a knowledgeable naturalist who can talk about the fauna and flora of the local area to self-guided trails and beaches, the possibilities are endless. With the Pacific Rim National Park in our close proximity you have the choice of multiple beaches and trails that will keep you fascinated at all times.
Surfing/ Stand up Paddle boarding
Lessons or rentals are available throughout the year. You can embrace the waves of the Pacific or stand up paddle board in the calm waters of the inlets; Tofino has it all.
Guided tours or rentals are available thru local outfitters. With tours starting at 2,5 hours and up to 8 hours you get to discover the calm protected waters and shores of the Clayoquot sound with experienced guides.
Cultural Canoe Tours
Explore Tofino from a First Nation perspective. Paddle over to Meares Island, explore the Big Tree trail and learn about the aboriginal culture.
Discover Tofino and the Clayoquot sound by a seaplane or a helicopter. Reach the nearby glaciers, untouched wilderness, pristine valleys, crystal clear waterfalls and remote beaches and make sure to bring your camera for this unforgettable experience.
Shopping and Galleries
Several different art studios are showcasing art from local artists from the Tofino area.