Tofino Shorebird Festival

“Celebrates the migration of shorebirds through the Tofino area with a series of educational birding activities and events.”

The Tofino Shorebird Festival celebrates the spring migration of shorebirds with a series of educational birding activities throughout the region. We draw on local and visiting experts to participate in the festival, offering guest lectures, birding workshops, boat trips and much more! This is a great opportunity to experience the largest wildlife migration in the region, learn about these impressive birds, and understand why Tofino is one of the very best places in western Canada for bird watching.

Whimbrels, Sandpipers, Dunlin and more!

Every year from late April through May, flocks of sandpipers, plovers, whimbrels, and many other shorebirds pass through the Tofino area. Thousands stop here to feed and rest as they make their impressive journey from South and Central America northward to their Arctic breeding grounds.

The protected forests, expansive mudflats, long sandy beaches, and rocky shorelines of the region create the right combination of habitats to draw over 40 species of shorebirds to the area, including the largest migratory concentrations of whimbrels anywhere in British Columbia, and impressive flocks of western sandpipers, dunlin and more.

Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area

The Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is 21 square kilometers of rich, diverse habitats for numerous wildlife species. It was established in 1997 to conserve wildlife habitat in Clayoquot Sound and is part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The Tofino Mudflats WMA is comprised of tidal flats, shallow to deep subtidal areas, rock and gravel beaches, marshes, tidal channels, streams, riparian areas, and dense coastal temperate rainforest. More sheltered than most intertidal environments, and richer in nutrients, the mudflats are a fascinating place to explore.

Thank You to our Festival Partners

A huge thank you to our festival partners, in alphabetical order:

District of Tofino; Jamie’s Whaling Station; Long Beach Lodge Resort; Middle Beach Lodge, Ocean Outfitters; Pacific Rim National Park; Paddle West Kayaking; Roy Henry Vickers Gallery; Tofino Botanical Gardens; Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area; Tofino Nature Kids; T’ashii Paddle School; Tofino Time; Tourism Tofino; The Wickaninnish Inn and The Pointe Restaurant.

Save the date: 23rd Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival

MAY 1 – 3, 2020

With great reluctance we have decided to cancel this year’s festival.
The COVID 19 outbreak is leading to a huge amount of uncertainty and it is extremely difficult to confirm the participation of our special guest experts and volunteers who would need to travel to get here. Ultimately, health and safety concerns are at the top of our mind.
The birds will be migrating and there will be spectacular opportunities for birding in early May regardless of the cancellation. As the situation develops we will entertain the possibility of celebrating the shorebirds with small, informal, educational events. We are committed to creating as many opportunities for locals and visitors alike to learn while prioritizing health and safety. Updates will be available through our newsletter and social media channels.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Past Schedule – Look Back on the 2019 Tofino Shorebird Festival!

Like Us!

Follow @TofinoShorebirdFestival on facebook for event updates, reminders, registration links, and more!

Tofino Shorebird Festival Photo Gallery

Some photos from previous years!

Need help?

If you have any questions about our courses, our events, or just us in general – we’re here to help!