The Kwisitis Visitor Centre on Wickaninnish Beach is a great place to come and view the wonderful exhibits that speak to the natural and cultural aspects of the West Coast. Many of the exhibits were developed in cooperation with community members from 8 different Nuu-chah-nulth nations and speak to the rich and vibrant culture of the area.
The Kwisitis Visitor Centre outdoor observation deck is also a wonderful land-based whale watching area. Sightings of gray whales making their way up the coast throughout March, although unpredictable, are frequent at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre.
The Kwisitis Visitor Centre is open Wednesday through Sunday 10am until 4:30pm, closed Monday and Tuesday. An exception will be on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 when the Kwisitis Visitor Centre will be open from 1pm until 4pm.
The Pacific Rim Whale Festival (March 15th – 23rd, 2014) offers many different activities in the communities of Tofino and Ucluelet as well as Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. For a schedule of events please see their website at http://www.pacificrimwhalefestival.com/events
Special programming scheduled in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve includes:
Sunday, March 16th, 2014 @ 2:00pm – Rainforest Guided Walk – meet at the Schooner Cove Parking Lot
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 @ 2:00pm – Eelgrass Meadows and Creatures that Call it Home – Join Parks Canada biologist Jenn Yakimishyn as she shares over 10 years of experience studying local eelgrass meadows and the animals that call it home. – Kwisitis Visitor Centre Theatre.
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 @ 11:00am – Shoreline Explore Guided Walk– meet at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre Observation Deck
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 @ 2:00pm – Rainforest Guided Walk – meet at the Schooner Cove
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 @ 12:00pm – Shoreline Explore Guided Walk – meet at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre Observation Deck