Tofino Ambassador Program

“Aims to build a strong and healthy community, encouraging a positive attitude among responsible citizens, improving community relations with visitors, and growing support for the diversity and well-being of area businesses.”

Who is the program for? All local residents including seasonal staff, newcomers, and business owners. All local residents new and old are welcome to participate in this great, free initiative to expand their knowledge of the area and increase their participation in the community.

How do I register? It’s simple! Once current course dates are confirmed, complete the online registration form and mark your calendar!

Participants of the Ambassador course will receive an Ambassador Card. Show your card for discounts and benefits at many local businesses!

This FREE program is offered as a joint initiative of the Raincoast Education Society, the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Tourism Tofino. The Raincoast Education Society is responsible for course curriculum, registration, and program delivery.

Courses Offered

Small Town, Big Picture

This three-hour orientation session delivers the “big picture” of living in Tofino. Learn about local history and basic ecology, cross-cultural understanding, businesses and activities, festivals, host etiquette, and important civic information. This is a great way to get up-to-date locals information about living and working in Tofino. This course is a suggested prerequisite for other courses

Terrestrial Ecology

This three-hour session, taught by Barb Beasley, focuses on coastal terrestrial ecosystems. From the forest floor to the top of the canopy, this course will explore the interactions that occur in our local terrestrial ecosystems and the many species that inhabit them.

Small Town, Big Picture is a suggested prerequisite for this course. 

Marine Ecology

This three-hour session focuses on the rich marine environment that plays an integral role in life on this coast. This course will cover the intertidal and pelagic ecosystems of Clayoquot Sound, including seaweeds, invertebrates, and marine mammals (and more!) as well as local oceanographic conditions. Small Town, Big Picture is a suggested prerequisite for this course.

Nuu-chah-nulth Lands & Waters

This three-hour session is an introduction to Nuu-chah-nulth homelands, culture, and language. Learn about local history, cross cultural understanding, Nuu-chah-nulth language, and cultural world view. Explore the ancient and continued interconnections between the local landscape, the ocean and First Nations culture. Small Town, Big Picture is a suggested prerequisite for this course.

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Nuu-chah-nulth Land & Waters – TAP Session

May 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This course is an introduction to Nuu-chah-nulth homelands, culture, and language. Learn about lo...

This course is an introduction to Nuu-chah-nulth homelands, culture, and language. Learn about local history, cross cultural understanding, Nuu-chah-nulth language, and cultural world view.

Nuu-chah-nulth Land & Waters – TAP Session

May 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This course is an introduction to Nuu-chah-nulth homelands, culture, and language. Learn about lo...

This course is an introduction to Nuu-chah-nulth homelands, culture, and language. Learn about local history, cross cultural understanding, Nuu-chah-nulth language, and cultural world view.

Terrestrial Ecology – TAP Session

May 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

From the forest floor to the top of the canopy, this course will explore the interactions that oc...

From the forest floor to the top of the canopy, this course will explore the interactions that occur in our local terrestrial ecosystems and the many species that inhabit them.

Nuu-chah-nulth Land & Waters – TAP Session

May 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This course is an introduction to Nuu-chah-nulth homelands, culture, and language. Learn about lo...

This course is an introduction to Nuu-chah-nulth homelands, culture, and language. Learn about local history, cross cultural understanding, Nuu-chah-nulth language, and cultural world view.

Marine Ecology – TAP Session

June 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This course focuses on the rich marine environment that plays an integral role in life on this co...

This course focuses on the rich marine environment that plays an integral role in life on this coast.

Terrestrial Ecology – TAP Session

June 4 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

From the forest floor to the top of the canopy, this course will explore the interactions that oc...

From the forest floor to the top of the canopy, this course will explore the interactions that occur in our local terrestrial ecosystems and the many species that inhabit them.

Small Town, Big Picture – TAP Session

June 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn about local history, cross-cultural understanding, businesses and activities, festivals, ho...

Learn about local history, cross-cultural understanding, businesses and activities, festivals, host etiquette, and important civic information.

Nuu-chah-nulth Land & Waters – TAP Session

June 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This course is an introduction to Nuu-chah-nulth homelands, culture, and language. Learn about lo...

This course is an introduction to Nuu-chah-nulth homelands, culture, and language. Learn about local history, cross cultural understanding, Nuu-chah-nulth language, and cultural world view.

Nuu-chah-nulth Land & Waters – TAP Session

June 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This course is an introduction to Nuu-chah-nulth homelands, culture, and language. Learn about lo...

This course is an introduction to Nuu-chah-nulth homelands, culture, and language. Learn about local history, cross cultural understanding, Nuu-chah-nulth language, and cultural world view.

Small Town, Big Picture – TAP Session

June 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn about local history, cross-cultural understanding, businesses and activities, festivals, ho...

Learn about local history, cross-cultural understanding, businesses and activities, festivals, host etiquette, and important civic information.

Small Town, Big Picture – TAP Session

June 13 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn about local history, cross-cultural understanding, businesses and activities, festivals, ho...

Learn about local history, cross-cultural understanding, businesses and activities, festivals, host etiquette, and important civic information.

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