A group of friends near Tofino came face to face with a cougar on Wednesday morning and the entire encounter was captured on video.

"It was looking straight through the window right at us and was definitely sizing us up,” said Shaun Shelongosky who was having coffee with his friends when the cougar jumped onto the front porch of his cabin. 

The three-and-a-half minute video posted to YouTube by Michael Antonakos shows the cougar circling the cabin – before walking away. 

“It was the shock of a life time and the thrill of a life time too. I am grateful to have been here," said Shelongosky. 

“It made walking home the next night in the dark very scary. Me with an air horn, a can of pepper spray and an axe."