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Pacific Rim Whale festival calendar of events 2007

March 17th - 25th, 2007


The hosting villages of Tofino and Ucluelet, along with Pacific Rim National Park Reserve offer a wide range of events providing entertaining and educational activities for all:

Thursday March 15th

11th Annual Wickaninnish Gala and Silent Auction Fundraiser
Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino BC
Thursday, March 15th marks the Wickaninnish Inn’s annual winemakers’ dinner and silent auction – a Festival fundraiser presenting the finest in multiple course cuisine and west coast treasures.
Enjoy world class multiple course meal paired with premium BC wine 100% of the funds raised go directly to the Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society.Reserve your place soon , because this event sells out fast! Katherine Mijinke, Conference Services Manager at 250.725.3100

Friday March 16th

Sneak Preview Artists Reception for PRAS Annual Spring Art Show 
Artists Reception
PRAS Annual Spring Art Show
Long Beach Golf Course, Grice Bay
PRAS presents Visual Arts at the Whale Festival with their feature annual spring art show.  Come view Paintings, Drawings, Ceramics, 3-D Works, Jewellery, Photos, Carvings, Sculpture-All for sale
Throughout Festival Week

Saturday March 17th

Blessing of The Boats
Presented by The Tonquin Foundation, Method Marine and  Canadian Coast Guard and Joe Martin of Tla-ook Cultural Adventures
Tofino 1st St. Dock

Please join us at 1st St. Dock for a special sail past procession to bless the 2007 season's whale watching boats- The ceremony will feature a blessing by First Nations Joe Martin of Tla-ook's Cultural Adventures as well as a demonstration and participation from the Canadian Coastguard, RCMP and all of our local whale watching companies.

Blessing Procession Route  starting at east of Tibbs to Arnet Island, continues around Strawberry island and through harbour  past  first street dock and culminating at  wreck of  Hera.

First Nations Artists in Action Show-Wickaninnish Centre. PRNPR-Mezzanine
Featuring Hesquaht Artist Mark Mickey,  Ditidaht Artist Floyd and  Ucluelet Artists- Painter Carver Jay Miller, Leo Touchie, Sullivan Louie Hr., Weaver Vince Charlotte McKay, Sheryl plus cedar weaving by Rose Wilson and Molly Haipee 

Carving and Weaving Demonstration by Ucluelet Band Artists
Visit the gallery to watch some artists doing their finest work. PLUS
the gallery will be serving their special Toquaht Tacos a tasty combination of traditional bannock and salmon....

Du'Quah Gallery, 1971 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet

Official Welcome & Opening Ceremonies
Wickaninnish Centre, Wickaninnish Beach Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Ucluelet First Nation welcome you to their territory with a special welcome dance & song performance followed by a special performance by the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Dancers.
Featuring Levi Martin who will do a presentation of Traditional Cultural Teachings of Iisaak ( Respect) and Hi shuk ish tsa walk (Everything is one or connected) on the opening day.
PLUS the annual District Tug O’ Whale. Who will win the coveted Bone of Contention this year?
Refreshments and a special 21st Anniversary Cake served!
The Wickaninnish Centre will also feature the first of a three day series of First Nations Artists in Action. Join us up on the mezzanine to view local artists at work Or even come to learn some traditional cedar weaving and proudly wear your own handmade bracelet during this year's whale festival. 
12 - 5pm
Artist In Action
Shorewind Gallery, 120 Fourth St, Tofino

Artist - Fred Peters - (Acrylic)
No Mother Could Give More

Wickaninnish Centre Theatre, Wickaninnish Centre PRNPR

Presented by Jim Cosgrove from the Royal British Columbia Museum Imagine a mother who spends 1/5th of her life tending her eggs and during this time she never leaves the eggs and she does not eat! At the end of this 6 - 10 month period she dies having reproduced only once.

This is the life of the female Giant Pacific Octopus. Come and learn more about this fascinating animal and see images that are the result of 15 years of study in the ocean.

6-8pm-Family Reception- Families and Kids Welcome!

8-10pm-Licensed Adult Reception

Sweet Indulgence Dessert Reception

Presented by Majestic Ocean Kayaking, Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society, Ukee Dogs and Evergreen Forest Cabins.

Advance Tickets $15/ Family $40
UAC Hall, Ucluelet

What could be better than all you can eat desserts! Please join us at this delectable and delightful evening event. Families welcome. Begin the evening with delicious handmade and homemade desserts courtesy of the bakers from Ukee Dogs, Majestic Ocean Kayaking and Evergreen Forest Cabins.

After Eight... the evening isnt over yet- it's just getting started! As full bellied families leave, the lights dim in anticipation of Juno Award Winner Ian Tamblyn. Bar opens at 8:30pm and the desserts still keep coming! A special feature for all our after dinner guests. Come one come all for DESSERTS and LIVE MUSIC.

Visitors please join us after your dinner for a perfect evening of live entertainment and delicious desserts paired with specialty coffees, wines and dessert aperitifs.


Sunday March 18th

Storytelling with Roy Henry Vickers
Eagle Aerie Gallery 350 Campbell Street, Tofino
It is quite an honour for us to have the privilege of using Roy Henry Vickers design, Migration on whale festival merchandise. Proceeds raised from the sales go directly to funding the activities and operations of the annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival.
In addition to its corporate partnership, Eagle Aerie Gallery also hosts a feature storytelling series, where Roy intimately shares personal stories of coastal life and inspirations. This 21st annual festival will also mark the release of an original Roy Henry Vickers Grey Whale themed print. Special thanks to artist Roy Henry Vickers and the Eagle Aerie Gallery in Tofino.

10am - 4pm
Artists in Action 
Wickanninish Inn, Salal Room

Mary Christmas - Photography
Carol Schulz - Watercolor
Rita Petri - Pottery
Lorry Foster - Kelp Creations

13th Annual Chowder Chowdown
SeaPlane Base Recreation Hall, Ucluelet
Did Somebody Say Chowder? We're already hungry for the mouth watering spoonfuls of seafood samplers. Sample the best of the pacific northwest! Gourmet, mom and pop, traditional family secrets... Have a taste and favour your flavour. Which chowder will win your vote this year!
Hosted by the Ucluelet Recreation Dept
Tickets Child $5 / Adult $7/ Family Pass $20

10am - 4pm
Artists in Action 
Wickanninish Inn, Salal Room

Mary Christmas - Photography
Carol Schulz - Watercolor
Rita Petri - Pottery
Lorry Foster - Kelp Creations

Life on the Beach Hosted by Royal BC Museum 
Jim Cosgrove 
Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre, PRNPR
Where the ocean contacts the land there is a zone of life that faces the harshest environmental conditions in the world.  This talk and slide show will consider the environment where the plants and animals of the intertidal zone live and thrive.  We will also look at the many different types of beaches in British Columbia and how the geography of a beach affects the plants and animals that live there.
Dances with Whales - Tofino Synchro Club Performance
Sponsored by The Westcoast Motel

What a treat! Our own synchronized swimming club will dazzle you with a specially choreographed performance for this year's whale festival. Swimming never looked so good!


Synchronized Fun-Swim- Come on and TRY IT!
Bring your suit & towel and learn some synchro moves w/ Synchro Swim Coaches Chelsea and Maggie- By Donation

WestCoast Motel 247 Hemlock, Ucluelet

Pending Confirmation
Whale Watching From the Shore with Long Beach Nature Tours Naturalist Bill McIntyre
Location: Amphitrite Point, Ucluelet

Come visit a traditional whale watching station along the coast with biologist, professional nature interpreter and former Chief Naturalist of the Pacific Rim National Park, Bill McIntyre of Long Beach Nature Tours. Bill will be in attendance to help with seabird and marine mammal identification & Natural History. Observe whales, sea birds and other marine mammals from shore using Celestron spotting scopes and binoculars available for your viewing pleasure.

Documentary Movie - Island of Whales
Greenpoint Amphitheatre- Pending Confirmation

Gemini Award Winner Island of Whales (1989) Narrated by Gregory Peck -Top Canadian Documentary 1991
Special Biologist Screening.


Monday March 19

10 am
Historical First Nations Harbour Paddle
Come for a unique adventure in a traditional dug-out canoe. 
For Reservations Please Call: Tla-ook Cultural Adventures 725-2656 $44 per Person / Partial Proceeds from this event go towards supporting PRWF local Events.

10am - 4pm
Artists in Action 
Wickanninish Inn, Salal Room

Mary Christmas - Photography
Carol Schulz - Watercolor
Rita Petri - Pottery
Lorry Foster - Kelp Creations

First Nations Artists in Action Show-Wickaninnish Centre. PRNPR-Mezzanine
Featuring Hesquaht Artist Mark Mickey,  Ditidaht Artist Floyd and  Ucluelet Artists- Painter Carver Jay Miller, Leo Touchie, Sullivan Louie Hr., Weaver Vince Charlotte McKay, Sheryl plus cedar weaving by Rose Wilson and Molly Haipee 

Storytelling with Roy Henry Vickers
Eagle Aerie Gallery 350 Campbell Street, Tofino

Beloved First Nations artist Roy Henry Vickers will make a special appearance at his Tofino gallery, Eagle Aerie to meet the public, relay stories of inspiration and release 2 new exclusive prints during the whalefest week.

12pm - 5.30pm-please call to confirm
Day trip on the Seaway Express to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre with Guided Whale Watching and Sightseeing along the way!

12:00 pm - Depart Ucluelet on the Seaway Express with whalewatching and interpretation from an onboard naturalist in the Broken Island Group en route to Bamfield.

1:30 pm - Arrive at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre with the option of exploring Bamfield on your own or participating in an all ages discovery program called "The Big World of Small Things" (additonal cost).
Program Description: It's a big world of small things that make up the diet of baleen whales. The Bamfield Marine Sciences Center welcomes you to come explore the fantastical universe that makes up a whales smorgasbord. Come have an up close look at the fascinating world of plankton and the giants that eat them. 

4:00 pm - Depart Bamfield to return to Ucluelet - with more whalewatching and wildlife viewing opportunities along the way back. Estimated time of arrival in Ucluelet is 5:30 pm. 

Seaway Express: $69/adults; $39/for children under 12 (includes return transportation and sightseeing in the Broken Islands). 
Bamfield Marine Science Program: $20/adult; $10 for children under 12; $45 family rate (4 people max - up to 2 adults) 

Partial proceeds from this boat tour go towards funding educational and conservational Pacific Rim Whale Festival Events. 
For Reservations please call: 250 726 5353 or toll free 1 877 726 7002

Grey Whale Identification with Spotting Scopes
Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre, PRNPR

Come and join Canada Parks interpreters to see migrating whales from the shores of Wickaninnish Beach!

2 pm
Wet & Wild-Marine Mammal Research
Wickaninnish Centre Theatre, PRNPR
presented by biologist Wendy Szaniszlo

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Presents...
Wickaninnish Centre, PRNPR
Come learn about our designated Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve with the crew from the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust.
The Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve is situated in the coastal temperate rainforest on the west coast of Canada and in the northeast Pacific Ocean coastal environment. The Community of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Region will live sustainably in a healthy ecosystem, with a diversified economy and strong, vibrant and united cultures while embracing the Nuu-chah–nulth First Nations"living" philosophies of Iisaak (Living respectfully), Qwa' aak qin teechmis (Life in the balance), and Hishuk ish ts'awalk (Everything is one and interconnected).

Join the CBT for a special evening presentation and slideshow to learn more about the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve and the activities of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust within the reserve.

Followed by a special screening of A Gray Whale's Journey.: Join a grey whale mother and her calf on their migration from Baja to the Bering Sea. Other films being shown at the Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre during the day: Humpback Whales, Sea Otters, Pacific Rim National park and more!

8 pm
Tofino Movie NIght - Whale Festival Double Feature Documentary Night

Whales: An Unforgettable Journey

Clayoquot Community Theatre, Tofino

An Unforgettable Journey - narrated by Patrick Stewart (of the Enterprise) Scientists visit the remote surface and undersea locations to study various species of whales in their natural habitat. Presented by The Tofino Movie Night

Tuesday March 20

10am - 4pm
Artists in Action 
Wickanninish Inn, Salal Room

Marla Thirsk - Watercolor & Acrylic
Alex Cutler - Stonework
Jolene Morrow - Jewelry
Christine Johnston - Weaving

Sam Hesse- Carving

Kids Interpretive Whale Program
Raincoast Interpretive Centre 451 A Main Street
“The Life and Times of the Sea Otter!”
Raincoast Interpretive Centre 451 A Main Street, Tofino
Meet at the RIC at 10:30 am (program ~1 ½ hours)

Interpretive program for kids (suggested age 6+). Through activities, a story and a craft, we’ll enter the underwater world of the sea otter! Without blubber how do they stay warm in that frigid ocean? Dive on in and learn about their daily lives, how they are adapted for life in the ocean and the important role they play as a “keystone species” in coastal ecosystems. Sea otters are listed as a species-at-risk on the West Coast.
(Suggested $5 donation/child)

Artist In Action 
Shorewind Gallery, 120 Fourth St, Tofino
Watercolour Artist- Carol Schulz - (Local artist)

1 pm
Grey Whale Project presented by San Juan Island Curator Albert Shepard 
Ucluelet Athletic Hall, 1510 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet
Since it’s beginnings on an isolated beach in the San Juan Islands, the Gray Whale Project has been taken to regional schools, museums, marine centers and other facilities from San Francisco to British Columbia. Community volunteers, students, state and federal agencies, and grant foundations provided critical support for the development of the program. The complete workshop has been offered to ages ranging from pre-school to Elderhostel. The program has been also been featured in articles, TV news spots, and a variety of community events. This will be the third year that the Gray Whale Project will be one of the featured events at the Pacific Rim Whale Festival.

Remote Passages Assist a Marine Researcher Interpretive Boat Tour
Remote Passages, 51 Wharf Tofino

Partial proceeds from this boat tour go towards funding educational and conservational Pacific Rim Whale Festival Events.

For Reservations please call: 725-3330
presented by biologist Wendy Szaniszlo

Wet & Wild-Marine Mammal Research
Meares Landing, Remote Passages 51 Wharf Street

presented by biologist Wendy Szaniszlo

The Oyster Show with SOBO chef Lisa Ahier and Local Biologist Josie Osborne

Learn all about oysters from local marine biologist Josie Osborne of the Clayoquot Field Station. Josie will teach you about Vancouver Island oysters, who they are, how they live and where to find them. Followed by our beloved 3 time-  Oyster Festival Winner. Lisa will be handing out recipes and sharing secrets of the nutrional benefits and aphrodisiac qualities of Vancouver Island oysters. Oh and the best part... There are samples... <>

Devil Fish Dinner with Rare Wildlife Footage presentation by Lance Blackwell
Buenos Olas Cafe, 272 Main Street Ucluelet
Make sure you order the special whale festival platter- partial proceeds from the platter go directly to supporting PRWF Events For dinner reservations please call: 726-2227 

7 pm
"From Zero to 3,000 in 30 years: Sea Otters on the West Coast of Vancouver Island" 
presented by biologist Josie Osborne
Tofino Botanical Gardens, Clayoquot Field Station, Tofino

Join local marine biologist Josie Osborne for an informative talk about sea otters. The last sea otter in BC was killed in 1920...learn about how this keystone species is making a comeback on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, and what kind of impact they are having - from changes in the nearshore coastal environment to changes in our 
local economies. By donation.

Surfrider Movie Night 
Presented by Surfrider Foundation and Sister Surf School

Clayoquot Community Theatre, Tofino

Join our local surf community for a special enviro and surf film feature. 


Whalefestival LIterary SPOUT OFF

Caffé Vincente 441 Campbell St., Tofino

West coast writers and poets give you an eclectic evening of spoken word.Join us for a cuppa joe, a sumptuous bite and the lowdown/uptake on life in this dangerous intertidal zone we call home. 
 Door prizes, the unexpected and the eccentric. 


Wednesday March 21

10am - 4pm
Artists in Action 
Wickanninish Inn, Salal Room

Marla Thirsk - Watercolor & Acrylic
Alex Cutler - Stonework
Jolene Morrow - Jewelry
Christine Johnston - Weaving
10:30 am
Intertidal Seashore Stroll-presented by the RIC
Mackenzie Beach, Bella Pacifica, 1084 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino 
‘Intertidal Investigators’ presented by the RIC

Meet at the middle of MacKenzie Beach at 10:30 am and look for the bright yellow flag!

Explore the beach with an interpreter from the Raincoast Interpretive Centre. Fun games and activities for kids and parents too! Learn about how marine plants and animals live in tune with the tides. Rain or Shine (dress warmly!)
(This program is on a by-donation basis.)

Thanks to the Raincoast Interpretive Center for hosting this educational intertidal workshop

11 am
Storytelling with Roy Henry Vickers 
Eagle Aerie Gallery, 350 Campbell St. Tofino

Final appearance in the series of 3. Visit Eagle Aerie gallery for a special talk with artist Roy Henry Vickers. View selected works through the thoughts and the eyes of the artist 
as he shares stories of coastal life, personal experiences and inspiration. Bonus! The Gallery will release 2 new whale prints for sale beginning this week.

11am - 4pm-pending confirmation
Ucluelet Mini Aquarium presented by Living Elements 
Wickaninnish Centre, PRNPRJoin volunteers and staff for a special guest appearance by the Ucluelet Aquarium!Waters surrounding the Ucluth Peninsula are as inaccesible as they are rich in life. The Ucluelet Aquarium Project began as a simple desire to better share the immense natural wealth experienced during specimen collecting excursions to this region.The Ucluelet Aquarium Society are a small regional aquarium exhibiting a collection exclusive to the west coast of Vancouver Island. The exhibits are stocked seasonally from the waters around Ucluelet and Tofino, and they go to great lengths to safely return 
their animals to the wild following a period on display. At the close of the 2004 and 2005 seasons, they successfully released their collection to the areas from which they came.

The Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society are proud to have this special feature as a highlight to the 2007 calendar. The communities of Ucluelet and Tofino and the Pacific Rim Park Reserve wait with bated breath for the grand opening of the Ucluelet Aquarium Society's permanent facility in 2008!

10:00am - WordsEnd Booksellers 1576 Imperial Lane, Ucluelet-
Sponsored by Terrace Beach Resort and WordsEnd Booksellers

1:00pm - Wildside Booksellers 320 Main Street, Tofino Sponsored by The Whale Centre, Upstairs Boutique and Wildside Booksellers

Sheryl McFarlane- Childrens Author 

Author Sheryl McFarlane will do a reading workshop from her book Waiting for the Whales

Sheryl McFarlane left sunny Arizona for the wild weather of the West Coast more than 30 years ago. She is a former teacher, the mother of three, and the award-winning author of thirteen books for kids and teens. Her eight picture books include: A Pod of Orcas, This is the Dog, Jessie’s Island and Waiting for the Whales. Her four-book What’s That Sound? series have been popular with both parents and readers. Sheryl recently released her first novel, The Smell of Paint, about 14 year Jess, a track athlete who faces hurdles both on and off the track.

2 pm
From Risk to Recovery- Protecting Species at Risk in the PRNPR
presented by biologist Wendy Szaniszlo
Wickaninnish Centre PRNPR

6 pm – 8pm- Martini Contest
8pm -10pm -Afterparty
The 2nd Annual Martini Migration·Dress to Impress Event
Tofino Community Hall
In addition to all of our great events, workshops and musical entertainers, we’ve decided to add a new event to break up the busyness of the week.Win prizes and splash around at the 2nd Annual Whale Festival Martini Contest!At the Martini Migration, local businesses will compete for the coveted title of the best winning Whale Festival Martini. Come shake, stir and ice your version of the best coastal martini ever.Entries will be judged on: Judge’s Choice & People’s Choice: taste, presentation, originality and overall best martini mix categories. Prizes, prizes, prizes! There will also be a prize for best dressed guest! So dress to impress.For a $25 donation to the Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society and the Diabetes Foundation, guests will be given one ticket for each booth to taste. A martini tasting glass will be given to each guest for personal use during the event and to take home at the end courtesy of our sponsor Skyy Vodka.The contest will close at 8pm. From 8-10pm drinks will be available from the PRWFS Boat Bar. 

Featuring Local Live music sponsored  by the Weigh West Marine Resort. 

Appetizers are prepared and served courtesy of the Blue Heron Restaurant, WeighWest Pub and Weighwest Marine Resort.

The 2nd Annual Whalers Taste Awards categories are: People’s Taste Award (1st, 2nd, 3rd) · Judge’s Taste Award (1st, 2nd, 3rd)·The Best Dressed Martini ·The Most Original Concoction · plus our Best Dressed Guests (1st, 2nd, 3rd).

Thursday March 22

More than just mud - An intertidal adventure on "the quiet side"
Tofino Botanical Gardens, Clayoquot Field Station, Tofino

$10 adults, $6 students, children 12 and under free.
Proceeds split between the Whale Festival and the Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation.

Join local marine biologist Josie Osborne for an intertidal adventure you'll never forget. You won't find any surfers in the water, but is a lot of mud on Tofino's "quiet side." Learn about what lives in the mud and why the mud is vital to hundreds of species - from single celled algae to bears and whales, and everything in between. A favourite with kids, but adults love the mud too. Please wear sturdy walking shoes - gumboots not necessary. Sorry, no dogs.

10am - 4pm
Artists in Action 
Wickanninish Inn, Salal Room

Gael Duchene - Wood

Tina Holden - Beadwork & Jewelry

Shadow Box Creations- Nancy Halliday 

Historical First Nations Harbour Paddle
Come for a unique adventure in a traditional dug-out canoe. 
For Reservations Please Call: Tla-ook Cultural Adventures 725-2656 $44 per Person / Partial Proceeds from this event go towards supporting PRWF local Events.

Whalers Beach Hunt 
Terrace Beach Resort 
1002 Peninsula 726-2901 Ucluelet

Terrace Beach Resort invites you to join them on their beautiful grounds for the 2nd Annual Whalers Beach Hunt. Kids of all ages, come one come all to Terrace Beach Resort to find specially hidden sea creatures coins- Each of the coins are worth different points so find as many as you can for special whale festival prizes sponsored by The Priestley Family and Terrace Beach Resort.

1-2:30 pm
Just How Big is The Blue Whale Anyway? (Part of The Whale Of A Time Kids Day) Concessions Provided By The Tofino Synchronized Swimming Club 
Tofino Community Hall, Tofino
This program involves the use of an 87 foot long inflatable Blue Whale model and requires the use of your gymnasium. There will be plenty of hands-on experiences with "Bluemongous" and our special "Trunk-o-Bones". This program gives students an opportunity to appreciate how big these once common mammals really are. Presented by special guest interpreter from Goldstream Park. Come learn about the Blue whale from Mingus an 87 ft Lifesize whale!
Presented by special guest interpreter from Goldstream Park 
Come learn about Mingus an 87 ft Lifesize Blue Whale.

2:30pm- 4 pm
A Whale of A Time- Kid’s Bazaar Day
Tofino Community Hall- Sponsored by The District of Tofino
Concessions Provided By The Tofino Synchronized Swimming Club

An opportunity for marine curious kids of all ages to learn and experience the wonderful world of whales! Join the District of Tofino, The RIC, Vancouver Aquarium, Strawberry Isle Research Society, The Common Loaf Bakery, Friends of Clayoquot Sound and the PRWFS for lots of fun. Participate in educational booths such as Whale Origami, Whaletalk and Tunes with performer Sarah Choy or create a creature  with the District of Tofino. Its sure to be a whale of a time!

Remote Passages 
Meares Landing 71 Wharf Street
Basking Sharks an author's journey and presentation with Brian Gisborne and Scott Wallace- pending confirmation

WordsEnd Booksellers 1576 Imperial Lane, Ucluelet

6:30 pm
The Barnacle Bash with special guest Valdy
Tauca Lea, 1971 Harbour St., Boat Basin Ucluelet

Advance Tickets $40
Join our wonderful Tauca Lea hosts for the annual Barnacle Bash. Enjoy delicious appetizers, sip some wine and be entertained by international musician and very special guest Valdy.

Friday March 23

Family Fish Fun Putt
hosted by Long Beach Golf Course, 1850 Pacific Rim Highway, Grice Bay 725-3332

Come enjoy a special family afternoon of mini golf! Partial proceeds from the day's fees go towards Pacific Rim Whale Festival activities and events.

10am - 4pm
Artists in Action 
Wickanninish Inn, Salal Room

Gael Duchene - Wood
Tina Holden - Beadwork & Jewelry

Shadow Box Creations by Nancy Halliday 

10:30 am
Rainforest Interpretive Walk presented by the RIC
Tonquin Park, Tofino

WhaleStory Time
Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre, PRNPR

Annual Rubber Whale Race 
Hosted By The Tofino Synchro Club
Thornton Creek Hatchery, Port Albion

Thornton Creek Hatchery presents the annual Rubber Whale Race! Come join the folks at the hatchery for some refreshments, tour of the hatchery and the RUBBER WHALE RACE! Who will cross the finishing line first?
Adult and Kids Prizes to be won.

Turn off the Pacific Rim HWY at Port Albion Road. Drive 4km towards Port Albion. At the 4km junction turn RIGHT onto gravel road (look out for signs on the road!) Drive 1.5 km to the hatchery. It will be the only building beside the Thornton Creek bridge. Racing whales will be available at the hatchery.

The hatchery will also be hosting tours from 10 am -2pm daily during the festival so drop in for a look. They are ponding Coho and Chinook fry come by, observe and learn about the process.

1 - 3pm
Maritime Kids Day
Ucluelet Athletic Hall, 1510 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet- Sponsored by the District of Ucluelet

Come learn how to make a wooden boat with the Cowichan Bay Maritime Society! Or get creative with Seattle educator and artist Greg Kono and the Drachen Kite Foundation to create a Sea Creature Kite that really flies! Make some pirate hats, origami boats, learn sailors knots, create a cookie... Aye AyeCaptain!

Plus a special appearance by the Ucluelet Mini Aquarium.-pending confirmation

1pm - 5pm
7pm - 9pm
Artist Demonstration- Mark Hobson
Shorewind Gallery, 120 4th Street, Tofino 
Mark Hobson - Our 2007 Poster Artist will be at the gallery twice today to show viewers some tricks and techniques of the trade.
(acrylic, oil, watercolour) 

Abalone Coastwatch Forum 
Presentation by Anne Stewart from the Bamfield Marine Station,
Wickaninnish Centre, PRNPR

Abalone Coast Watch is an important part of BHCAP. A large group of volunteers who work or live on the water in Barkley Sound keep a watch out for poachers and suspicious activity. Protecting wild stocks from poaching is an important part of our strategy and that is where we need your help by letting other people know that abalone are off limits.

The Northern, or Pinto abalone, Haliotis kamtschatkana, has been on Canada's threatened species list since 1999. This species' recovery depends on more than a listing in a conservation document; it requires that the public become active participants in the abalone's recovery strategy. A coast watch program helps where local authorities are stretched thin, and if you consider how long our coast line is, it makes sense to help out; the more pairs of eyes we have watching, the better.

2 - 4pm
A Unique Opportunity: The Gray Whale Project
with Curator Albert Shepard
Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre, PRNPR

As ambassadors of the eastern Pacific, gray whales represent a connection between the thousands of communities along our West Coast, from Alaska to Baja California, Mexico.

Their annual migration can take them more than 12,000 miles, further than any other mammal. Their popularity also represents a unique opportunity for science discovery. The goal of the Gray Whale Project is to foster appreciation of whales, their natural marine environment and coastal ecology, through engaging activities that develop scientific skills, increase understanding of conservation issues, and promote environmental stewardship.

Inspiration for The Whale Museum’s Gray Whale Project surfaced in July 1995, when the carcass of a juvenile gray whale washed ashore on Orcas Island, Washington. As community volunteers and students helped prepare for the skeleton for the Museum’s collection, a hands-on bone lab evolved -- groups loved being presented with a jumbled set of real whalebones and then taking on the challenge to articulate the 28-foot gray whale skeleton.

Eleven years and 200 workshops later, the story of “Stinky Bill” and The Gray
Whale Project leads us on a path of scientific discovery about gray whales, their biology and the relationship between humans and whales. Building a whale skeleton requires group cooperation and experimentation; Curator Albert Shepard guides the activity, providing educational tools and just enough knowledge to allow students to assemble the skeleton on their own. Once the skeleton is completed, the workshop focus shifts from anatomy to forensics as the mystery of this gray whale unfolds. Students are challenged to use deductive reasoning to hypothesize when, where and how this young male met his demise and eventual death.


8 pm
Uzume Taiko 
Ucluelet Recreation Hall, 185 Seaplane Base Road, Ucluelet 
Tickets $10 / Family Ticket for 4 $25 (additional children under 12 $5)

Since 1988, UZUME TAIKO has enthralled audiences at festivals, schools, concerts and special events nationally and internationally with its dynamic synthesis of music, movement and theatre.

The name Uzume Taiko derives from the Japanese word for "big drum" and from the goddess of laughter, Ame No Uzume No Mikoto - the Heavenly Alarming Female who, according to legend, first began taiko drumming. Taiko has held a centuries-old place in Japanese culture, and it is from the power and athleticism of traditional drumming 
techniques that Uzume Taiko draws its inspiration. Using a diverse collection of percussive and melodic instruments as well as taiko drums, Uzume has developed a dynamic fusion of old and new styles of drumming - bringing a vibrant contemporary sensibility to an ancient art. With the choreographed physicality of martial arts, the heart- stopping pulse of the O-Daiko and the rhythmic sensitivity of a jazz ensemble, the drummers of Uzume Taiko create an exhilarating sensual experience.

Performance highlights include local concerts at the Vancouver Playhouse, Vogue Theatre and Vancouver East Cultural Centre, for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and International Jazz Festival, tours to the United States, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Channel Islands and Japan from 1990 to the present, with performances at the Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles, the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, Scotland, at the Bath Festival in the UK and the prestigious Chautauqua Festival in New York State.

Uzume Taiko has developed a reputation as one of Canada's most dynamic performing ensembles. Drawing its inspiration from the festival drumming of pre-industrial Japan, the group has developed a unique performing style that combines heart-stopping choreography, thunderous rhythms and effective staging, with a dose of humour thrown in for good measure. Uzume Taiko's mandate is to develop taiko music as a contemporary art form and the group often involves artists and musicians from diverse genres and cultures in its performances.

Ucluelet Recreation Hall Tickets $10 / Family Ticket $25

Saturday March 24th

10 am
Parade of Whales and Pet and Doll Parade
Begin at Wickaninnish School.

Come and bring your pets and favourite dolls and join us in the annual parade! Parade ends at the Tofino Community Hall for a special workshop and community picnic.

Uzume Taiko Workshop 
Tofino Community Hall, Tofino

Throughout the year, Uzume Taiko holds public workshops for people of varying ages and levels of skill. These are designed to teach students about the Japanese taiko drum through active participation in taiko drumming form, basic Japanese rhythms, verbal notation, sticking technique and group playing. Classes will focus on exercising the body, mind and spirit while training in a variety of drumming styles, movements and techniques.

Pacific Rim Whale Festival Picnic & Community BBQ 
Sponsored by North Douglas and SYSCO Foods.
Tofino Community Hall

Tofino and Ucluelet kick off the whale watching season with the Pacific Rim Whale Festival and North Douglas SYSCO, your island based restaurant food distributor, is providing food for the festivities. On Saturday March 24th at the end of the parade, join North Douglas SYSCO for a wind-up BBQ at the Tofino Community Hall. The North Douglas SYSCO Team will be serving up lunch just next to the Uzume Taiko Drummers. See you there!-


The Khowutzum Tzinquaw Dancers
Brought to you by the Tin Wis Oceanside Resort
Tofino Community Hall

12pm - 5pm
Artist In Action 
Shorewind Gallery, 120 Fourth St, Tofino
Watercolour Artist- Christine Houghton - (acrylic)

Sea Creature Kite Workshop
hosted by Greg Kono and the Drachen Kite Foundation
Tofino Community Hall

By Donation to the Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society

Japanese Kite building workshop using bond paper and matchstick bamboo.

3 pm- 6pm
Mark Hobson- Artist In Action

Long Beach Lodge Resort, Tofino

Featuring our 2007 Poster Artist Mark Hobson in The Great Room of LBL. Take a walk in Cox Bay, then come in for a hot steaming latte or a refreshing glass of wine while witnessing international artist Mark Hobson create. Signed Posters available for $10! 

Wildlife and Wild Places
Author Jacqueline Windh presents a slide show presentation of her featured works and photography.
WordsEnd Booksellers, 1576 Imperial Lane, Ucluelet

Sunday March 25th

9 am-10:30am
The SurfriderFoundation presents 
Clean Ocean Conservation Beach Clean
Presented by SurfSister Surf School and The SurfRider Foundation 
Cox Bay, Tofino

Sea Creatures in the Sky Event

Cox Bay

Co-Sponsored by the Drachen Kite Foundation, Long Beach Lodge Resort,  Ukee Bikes and Mermaids Tale Books.
Join kite master Greg, Renea and all the talented kite artists in a special feature event  to fly all the beautiful sea creatures kites you've made this whale festival week!

12 pm
Closing Ceremonies and 
Traditional Nuu-chah-nulth Bannock & Salmon BBQ 
TIN WIS Resort, 1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino

featuring The Khowutzun Tzinquaw Dancers Sponsored by the Tin Wis Resort and Creative Salmon. Awards Ceremonies, Speakers, Prizes & Artists! -also Volunteer Appreciation BBQ & Awards.


Sheila Ie 
21st Annual 
Pacific Rim Whale Festival
March 17th-25th, 2007

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