The West Coast of Vancouver Island – between Ucluelet and Tofino – is one of the world’s most amazing bird watching destinations. Situated in the Pacific Flyway, the island offers diverse habitats – Pacific Ocean, long sandy beaches, rocky islands, protected harbors, mudflats and forests – where thousands of shorebirds, including albatross, eagles, geese, ducks, and plover can be seen. Clayoquot and Barkley sounds are home to whimbrel, dowitchers, black-bellied plovers and the red knot. Marvel at eagles soaring over sandy beaches and black oystercatchers, murres, guillemots, auklets, petrels, and tufted puffin nesting on offshore islands.. Wander the trails and boardwalks through cedar forests in Pacific Rim National Park with winter wrens and Townsend’s Warbler. Sitka spruces above surf pounded beaches give Peregrine Falcons cover. Paddle through sheltered ocean coves and inland rivers or explore mountains with blue grouse and willow flycatchers