Clayoquot Oyster Festival

A delicious and fun weekend event centering around the start of the oyster harvest 

Festival Dates: -
Location: Tofino, British Columbia

A whole weekend dedicated to the shucking and slurping of the prolific oyster. The 18th annual event is a great time for Tofitians and visitors of Tofino to step out of their shell and have some fun at evening galas and parties, while tasting delicious seafood harvested from the local Clayoquot Sound. The third week of November is the beginning of the oyster harvest in this area, and it is said to be that's when the oysters are the plumpest. 

In the daytime, festival-goers are invited to tours of the oyster harvest areas, and can visit the many local food venues.

We've got a great story, which shares interesting info about the thriving oyster harvest area and more about the event. Click here to read it.

Schedule of Events 2017 TBA check out this schedule from previous years to get a taste of what's in store


Friday November 14th - The Mermaid's Masquerade

Held at the Tofino Community Hall (357 Arnet Rd)  The Mermaid’s Masquerade is a costume party like no other. Picture a Tofino Halloween party only all the costumes are under the sea themed and the candy on offer is a pillow case full of oysters.  There will be prizes awarded for Best Costume (Male, Female and best couple).    .

There will be a free shuttle home beginning at 11pm.  It will stop safely along the highway to let people out and be stopping at all the major resorts along the highway.

Saturday November 15th - Oyster Gala

Always one of the most memorable nights of the year the oyster gala aims to fulfill all your oyster desires.  Local restaurants will showcase their inspired oyster dish for all to indulge.  .  Of course with any great regional food event comes great BC wine, beer and cider for oysters to walk hand in hand with.   And For those thirsty for competition there will be both the popular "Best Oyster Dish" judged by all oyster lovers in the house as well as a unique to Tofino chef/farmers oyster shucking relay, demonstrating Clayoquot Sound’s love of opening and eating our magnificent Ocean's treats.

Held at the Tofino Community Hall 357 Arnet Rd, Doors open @ 7pm

There will be a free shuttle home beginning at 9:30pm.  It will stop safely along the highway to let people out close to where they live and be stopping at all the major resorts along the highway.

Photo by Jeremy Koreski/courtesy Clayoquot Oyster Festival


Saturday November 16th - Oysters Afloat: Lemmens Inlet Oyster Farm Tours


Eager to learn more about our local Clayoquot Sound oysters? Take a trip up pristing Lemmens Inlet to an oyster farm and see why these farmers have the best office in the world.  They will answer all your oyster inquiries and give you an opportunity to taste the freshest oyster you have ever had right from the sea.

$30 plus gst per person

Pre-booking is recommended and tickets are available through Remote Passages Marine Excursions

Ph: 250 725 3330

email: [email protected]


For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit the official festival website

Tickets are also available at Tofino Sea Kayaking and Mermaid Tales, or by emailing [email protected]

Unless otherwise specified, all information about the Clayoquot Oyster Festival has been provided by festival organizers.