Research vessels currently tie up to a series of mooring buoys directly in front of the field station. CCFS will provide visitors wishing to bring their own boats additional mooring buoys for the duration of their stay. Guests also have the option of taking a Tofino water taxi, priced at $40.00 per person, round trip. Our future plans for moorage include a seasonal floating dock with ramp access to shore. Construction of the dock is planned for Spring of 2018!
The station will have a fleet of sea kayaks available for use by researchers and educational groups. The protected gravel beach in front of the station provides a safe and reliable spot for launching and landing kayaks. Sea kayaks allow groups to land on beaches that are inaccessible by motorboat, and paddle close to the shoreline in shallow waters to observe marine life at the intertidal zone. The station will provide access to certified kayak guides, and we encourage groups to incorporate sea kayaking into their programs.
A 21’ welded aluminum v-bottom boat with a centre pilothouse. This boat is fitted with GPS navigation, VHF radio, a 225 horsepower Mercury Verado outboard engine, a 10 horsepower Yamaha kicker and welded bow bumpers for rocky shoreline landings. Songgaar is a seaworthy vessel that is built for offshore waters, and is ideal for transporting up to 8 passengers to and from Tofino and the surrounding areas of Clayoquot Sound.
A 28’ custom built landing craft with a large indoor cabin. Señor Vargas is powered by twin 175 HP Suzuki outboard engines and is fully equipped with VHF, GPS, and depth sounder. Additionally, Señor offers a kitchen sink and table booth/bed for overnight trips.
A 44’ Hans Christian ketch rigged pilothouse sailboat. ‘Salal I’ is fitted with GPS, radar, VHF radio, autopilot navigation, sonar, a 120 HP Isuzu inboard diesel engine, an 8 kW Volvo diesel generator, solar panels, 2 heads, shower, fridge, freezer, sleeping accommodation for 7, workshop/lab bench, electric anchor winch, life raft, 10’ rigid aluminum hulled dinghy with 9.9 horsepower mercury outboard engine, and all required safety equipment. ‘Salal I’ can accommodate up to 6 passengers on multi-day excursions. The vessel’s cruising speed is 6.5 knots and the maximum hull speed is 8.2 knots. Research and education groups are encouraged to have flexible schedules in order to experience traveling in rhythm with the tides and wind patterns of Clayoquot Sound, given suitable weather conditions.