Humpback Spout, Tonquin Trail
Located within the Ha-houlthee (traditional land) of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and designated Tribal park, the Tonquin Trail is a great place to observe wildlife in a remarkable archipelago of rocky islands, coves and reefs that support the world’s largest marine creatures. Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society (SIMRS) has been monitoring Bigg’s killer whales in Clayoquot Sound for over 26 years. Through a large citizen science program locals on the water report sightings on the killer whales visiting our area and through photo identification we track who is visiting and how often. SIMRS also records behaviors such as: feeding, socialization, and on a few special occasions, births!
For a downloadable map of the Trail, go to the CIty of Tofino website here.
In the spring look for grey whales on migration close to shore in the tens of thousands. The blows, breaching and tail lobbing of humpback whales can also be seen, from spring through fall. Harbour seals and sea lions are common all year. Killer whales visit Clayoquot Sound all year-round and often travel through Templar Channel right in front of the Tonquin Trail.