View Full Version : Whale watching, Hotsprings at Maquinna Prov. Park

11-06-2008, 06:34 PM
We're back in Ontario again... [blah]

But we had another excellent trip to BC a couple of weeks ago,
- Couple of days in Vancouver - doing tourist stuff (Aquarium and Capillano bridge)
- Couple of days on the Island in Tofino,
- and the rest of the time chillin with friends in my 2nd home... Lillooet

The trip to Tofino was pretty good, not so crowded and things are a bit cheaper too. We stayed at WeighWest and went out for whale watching and then the following day did the trip to Hot Springs cove.

The view from our room at WeighWest

They had enough people to send 2 boats out for whale watching.
we went with the open Zodiac, It's a lot more fun with the wind & waves in your face.
Kelly was laughing her ass off as she tried wiggling into her dry suit.

A quick shot of us before we headed out

Didn't take long before we saw some signs of whales

We saw several California Grey Whales on this trip,
right near the end there were a couple of Humpbacks
that popped up but they were too far away, and the sea was too rough for good picture taking.


I think Grey's are a little harder to photograph, they just seem to be happy
cruising under the surface, a quick spout, a peak of their back, and then their tale just quietly lifting up out of the waves...
Not much of the drama when you see Humpbacks or Orca's - but still way cool

Momma and baby...

WeighWest's covered boat.

11-06-2008, 07:05 PM
After spending quite a while watching the whales we moved on to see some Sea Lions that hang out on a couple of rocky reefs offshore.




As a extra special bonus... we also saw some Sea Otters

They were a lot of fun to watch... not much fun to try and photograph,
Kind of like sitting in the middle of a field full of gophers/prairie dogs/marmots
and watching them pop up all over the place. They'd have a quick peak at you, laugh, and then pop back under the surface.


another one of the tour boats


The weather was really starting to get rough near the end of the trip.
When we were looking for the Humpbacks, the front of the boat got really soaked by one big wave...


Just before we headed back to the harbour we stopped at a small island with a Bald Eagle nest on it... some more cool pix from a boat bobbing in the ocean.

11-06-2008, 07:21 PM
i used to live in Tofino and Ucluelet, love that place, thanks for the pics

11-06-2008, 08:25 PM
The next day was pretty miserable weather wise.
We were pretty happy that they were still going to run the tour to the
Hot Springs, and secondly... that we were in a closed boat.

I think the trip there is supposed to take about an hour, but we stopped for some more whale watching - since we were there and all...

We saw more Grey's feeding in the sandy shallows along the shore.

Cap'n PePo really likes pushing his boat...
Just something about the jolly roger flying from his mast I think
He was crusing along at 20-25 knots on the way there, and put
the hammer down on the trip home - top speed as per GPS was 40knots:eek:

It was perfect weather for the hot springs :confused0006:
Cool, grey, misty/rainy we couldn't wait to get there.



When the boat pulled up at the dock...
kelly found out for the first time it was a 2+ km hike on the
board walk to get there.



The boardwalk was great, but slippery as all hell with the rain.


First peek at the HotSprings...


I'm not sure how far it runs on the surface,
by the time it gets to the waterfall it's cooled off to about 50 deg C


The place is pretty rustic, just the boardwalk, a shack to change in, and a shelter for drying off & stashing your pack while playing in the pools.
The steps take you down a really rocky path to the edge of the stream.




Kelly really wasn't that sure about getting in and playing in the water
- It was our first trip to a Hot Spring, that and playing with the slimy bull kelp in
the lower pools as the ocean washed in.


The stream flows through a couple of pools before it gets to the ocean,
Since the tide was coming in... we'd get the odd big wave that would crash
through the lower pools and all the way up to the bottom of the


Hiking back to the boat in the rain


40 knots - more like a wet amusement park ride !

dirka dave
11-06-2008, 08:32 PM
Great pictures [36]

Thanks for sharing...


11-06-2008, 08:33 PM
Thanks DirtyBert !

We made it to Tofino a couple of times while I was working in BC....

This was the first time we really relaxed and enjoyed ourselves - since there was no way the holidays could be spoiled by some work emergency.

11-06-2008, 08:38 PM
wow that looks awesome, great pics !!

Metal Mulisha
11-06-2008, 08:50 PM
Looked like fun

11-07-2008, 01:00 AM
one of my favourite hotsprings. when you have your own boat.

11-07-2008, 01:29 AM
cool trip, I try to be a tourist in my home province as much as possible. it's great out there on the west coast

11-07-2008, 07:20 PM
Hi Halo !

Yup... absolutely right !
It would be great to have your own boat, and be able to stay as long as you wanted.
The skipper was pretty good about giving us some extra time there.
I guess that's one of the bonuses about going at the end of the season when it was pretty quiet.
We were admiring all the ships names carved into the planks of the boardwalk.

11-07-2008, 09:16 PM
great pics guys goto luv bc eh!!!

11-07-2008, 10:04 PM
wow, amazing pics!

11-09-2008, 09:39 PM
looked like an awsome time[36] [cheers]

Evan the Blue
11-09-2008, 09:56 PM
I love the Pacific Coast .... Great Shots [cheers]

11-10-2008, 12:53 PM
Wow, some very cool pics, looks like a you had a blast.

11-10-2008, 04:25 PM
Cool pics

11-10-2008, 04:46 PM
nice pics nice place

11-10-2008, 08:42 PM
Some great pics! I never knew about any hotsprings on the island, especially so close to the ocean.

11-10-2008, 09:06 PM
Thanks for the positive feed back ! [cheers]

I think my biggest problem has been trying to edit down the photos to a manageable number.

And yeah... we love the west coast...
It only took a few days back there and Kelly was going on about how much she wished we could move back :confused0006:
The only small problem on the coast is the rainy winters.
That's one of the reasons why I chose Lillooet for a home base.
Nice short winters, and you could drive to the snow if you wanted to.

If you want to see more of our cross country photos... I have a bunch up at http://backroads4x4.ca - you do have to register to be able to see the pix though...


11-10-2008, 09:28 PM
great pics [cheers] ....

11-11-2008, 12:16 AM
awesome pics

11-11-2008, 01:12 AM
Fantastic pic's. Looks like a cool hotspring. [cheers]