Next stop, Tofino © Robert Postma/plainpicture
Gray whales migrate between their feeding grounds and breeding grounds each year. North Pacific gray whales wisely spend the winter at their breeding grounds in the warm waters off the Baja California Peninsula. Then, by mid-March, as the whales return north, they pass by the west coast of Vancouver Island, near Tofino, en route to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea. Tofino, an outdoorsy retreat on Clayoquot Sound, provides a breathtaking backdrop for whale watchers this time of year. After the whales have passed through, the area continues to attract outdoor enthusiasts who are drawn to legendary surfing, hiking, and storm watching along the dramatic coastline.