Whale watchers in Tofino get rare close up of Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau in Tofino Ocean Outfitters
Ocean Outfitters / Facebook

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family have been catching some waves and some whale sightings in Tofino this week after heading out west for Vancouver’s Pride Parade on Sunday.

Trudeau, his wife Sophie, and their three children made the trip to Vancouver Island’s west coast on Monday and quickly hit up some local attractions before heading out on a whale watching trip.

Tour company Ocean Outfitters posted images of their “guest of honour” on Tuesday, showing the family donned in red floater suits and posing with other guests.

Someone else on social media says she spotted Trudeau surfing at Chesterman Beach.

Justin Trudeau in Tofino Ocean Outfitters

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Locals were mostly happy to have the prime minister take a vacation in their busy summer town.

“I think it’s pretty cool that he’s spending time here with his family,” said Doug Wallace, also visiting Tofino, “He deserves the right to have some vacation time.”

Resident Torben Hansen says the visit has finally given his kids something new to do during summer vacation.

“My kids stopped doing their ‘Pokemon Go’ and started doing the ‘Trudeau Go.’ They started trying to find him and chase him down, so that created some excitement I guess.”

Hansen says his kids are back playing Pokemon since being unable to find Trudeau.

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But others commenting on the tour company’s Facebook post were less than thrilled to see the prime minister take time off.

“Maybe he should get to f****** work on our economy instead of taking all these trips on our dollar,” said one person.

READ MORE: Trudeau makes unannounced stop at Okanagan winery

No one from Ocean Outfitters was available for comment at the time of publication and neither Trudeau nor Sophie have posted publicly about their vacation.

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However on Tuesday Trudeau tweeted: “One year ago today, we launched our campaign for real change in beautiful BC. Now and always, we’re focused on you.”

This is the family’s third reported stop in B.C. this week after relaxing at the Mission Hill Winery in West Kelowna on Friday and marching in the Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday.

Justin Trudeau in Tofino Ocean Outfitters Justin Trudeau in Tofino Ocean Outfitters