British Columbia, Canadian Pacific Northwest

Oregon Triton Yes, there are shells to be found in this beautiful country; one group found over 75 species! Some of the shells from the American Pacific Northwest are surprisingly colorful and impressive in size. Since Washington State has imposed a ban on collecting live shells (many Asian immigrants were grabbing up EVERYTHING live for dinner), we are going to British Columbia, a beautiful part of the country. We will shell from Victoria to Ucuelet, both coasts of the island of Vancouver.

We start off in Seattle and take a short flight to Victoria, where we will stay three nights in a comfortable motel I've used before, visiting various sites during the days to shell. In Victoria you can also visit the famous Butchart gardens (on your own.)

We will then move to Ucuelet/Tofino area on the Pacific coast, shelling on the way and on the way back two days later. We may take a whale watching trip while on the Pacific if the group desires.

We will start in Seattle, and take the ferry to Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Tides will be astoundingly low and the air temperature comfortably cool. Shelling will be on mud and grass flats, rocky shores and beaches, wading up to your knees.

Date: June 21-27, 2017 Leafy Hornmouth
For: Waders and beachcombers
Cost: $2000
  • Transportation from Seattle
  • Accommodations (double occupancy)
  • Fees, tolls, tips
  • Guide
  • Not included: Flight to Seattle, Baggage costs, Meals
  • Passport required!
  • Deposit:
  • $700 with reservation
  • balance due six weeks prior to trip.
  • Reservation Form
  • More about the Pacific Northwest

    Tonicella lineata The Pacific Northwest is truly the Land of Chitons, sporting many beautiful and varied species, from tiny ones to the largest in the world, the "Gumboot" Chiton, reaching over a foot in length in life. But there aren't just chitons: there are lovely murex, purple top shells, hairy Oregon tritons, pure white epitoniums, fist-sized moon snails, bivalves and many, many more species to be found.

    The best shelling is right in Victoria, on the breakwater. It's slippery, but there are flat rocks that shelter many species of shells. From Victoria we'll go west and then north to explore beaches and bays for a variety of specimens.

    Ready to go? Fill out the reservation form and send a deposit. I will send a list of items to bring about 6 weeks before the trip. You'll need a passport to enter Canada.