The extensive network
of trails in the Pacific Rim National Park is provided for hikers
only - no bikes or horses are permitted, and motorized vehicles are
not allowed on the park's beaches or trails.
view of the Pacific Rim National Park
trails are designed to expose visitors to the miles of quiet sandy
shoreline and to the truly wonderful forests of the region - whilst
preventing any damage to the fragile environment.
therefore, remain on the well-maintained trails in order that the
wonders of the Pacific Rim remain unharmed for future generations
There are nine
short walking trails; two are wheelchair accessible. Most feature
interpretive signs or brochures explaining the cultural and natural
heritage en route. In addition to park trails, approximately 20km
of sandy beaches provide enjoyable hiking.
An 880m boardwalk leading from a parking lot on Highway 4 to the
north end of Long Beach. Schooner Cove is around the headland, immediately
to the southwest. Look for the magnificent old-growth Sitka Spruce
forest near the beach.
A boardwalk trail with numerous wooden staircases leading from a
parking lot on Highway 4, at the northern end of Combers Beach.
Interpretive signs tell the story as visitors wind through the fringe
of Sitka Spruce that runs up the west coast shoreline of Vancouver
Two loop trails located either side of Highway 4, four kilometres
northwest of Wickaninnish Road. Each trail is under 30 minutes duration
and leads hikers through some of the Pacific Rim's best old-growth
rain forest of 800 year old Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock and
The Wickaninnish Centre is the trailhead for this 700 metre trail
and boardwalk that leads down to South Beach. The trail winds through
the Sitka Spruce fringe with several branches leading off to secluded
coves and beaches.
Located off Wickaninnish Road just west of the Florencia Bay road,
this short boardwalk trail leads the visitor through poorly drained,
moss-covered bogs. Interpretive brochures and numbered stops describe
the Yellow Cedar, Western Hemlock, Western Red Cedar trees and the
centuries old stunted Shorepine that survive the acidic conditions
in the wettest region of the Pacific Rim.
The 2.5 kilometre trail crosses Quisitis Point, connecting Long
Beach with Wreck Beach in Florencia Bay. Hikers can still view the
remnants of this old land route between Tofino and Ucluelet. On
the Long Beach end the trail is accessed via a fork off the South
Beach Trail. The parking lot at Florencia Bay is the eastern trailhead
for the Wickaninnish Trail.
The 2 kilometre Gold Mine Trail is accessed from a parking lot off
Highway 4, 1 km northwest of the Park Information Centre. The trail
leads down to Wreck Beach, following Lost Shoe Creek, the site of
a small placer mining operation at the turn of the century. The
rusting remnants of these gold mining days, including an old dredger,
still remain today.
This trail to the beach is accessed from a parking lot off Highway
4, 2 km south of the Ucluelet/Tofino Junction. Also part of the
original land route between Ucluelet and Tofino, the trail ends
with a steep decline to the beach at the southern end of Florencia
Bay. A Boardwalk, stairs and handrails are provided to assist hikers
on the trail.
The first section of Halfmoon Bay Trail is the same as Willowbrae
Trail. A fork to the left takes you down a steep, winding staircase
to Halfmoon Bay, a small secluded cove to the south of Florencia
No specifically maintained walking or hiking trails exist on any
of the islands in the Broken Group. Instead, visitors should enjoy
these islands for the wonderful kayaking, wilderness camping and
adventure opportunities they provide.
Trail Unit Trails
Beale Headlands near Bamfield offer several hikes to exposed
crescent beaches and to historic Cape Beale Lighthouse. The trails
are rugged and very muddy, as access throughout the headlands is
along a lowland, swampy drainage region, adjacent to Kichha Lake.
Gumboots are the recommended footwear. Plan for a rigorous, full-day
hike! All visitors to this area of Pacific Rim National Park must
register with park officials.
Access to the
Headlands is from Imperial Eagle road in southeast Bamfield. Parking
is provided by the park, about 400m from the end of the road. Please
avoid congestion near private driveways. Access to the actual trailhead,
from the end of the road, is well marked. Use the forest trail if
high tide prevents walking along the mud-flat shoreline.
From the trailhead
at the end of Bamfield Inlet, on Imperial Eagle Drive, there is
a 1.5km walk to the junction, which takes about forty minutes. The
Keeha Beach Trail continues straight on for 2km. This stretch
generally takes a full hour. At the southeast corner of Kichha Lake
there is a floating bridge crossing, then the trail rises over a
steep and difficult hill at the back of the beach.
From the junction,
the Tapaltos Bay Trail swings westward and crosses the Kichha
Lake slough over a fallen log. The trail to Tapaltos Beach is approximately
2km and takes nearly one hour. At the southwest end of Tapaltos
Beach it is possible to regain the original telegraph trail. Cape
Beale Lighthouse is on an island, about 3 km away from Tapaltos
Beach. Allow 2 hours for hiking this stretch. The trail passes through
a swampy bog then rises over a steep, rocky hill with drier vegetation
and dwarfed trees. At the end of the trail, the lighthouse can be
reached by crossing the sandflats at tides lower than 1.8m. Allow
four hours each way with plenty of rest stops. It is approximately
12km for the round trip.
Coast Trail is the mother of all hikes on Vancouver Island,
attracting adventurous hikers from around the world. Please remember
to leave only footprints and take only memories. Have a safe and
Pacific Trail in Ucluelet skirts the rugged cliffs and shoreline
of the westcoast of Vancouver Island. Overlooking Barkley Sound
and the Broken Group Islands to the east and the open Pacific Ocean
to the south and west, it offers spectacular shoreline panoramas
and seaward vistas through ancient cedar and spruce-framed viewing
platforms constructed on the best headlands along the route.
The first segment
of the trail is a 30-45 minute loop off Peninsula Road, using the
adjoining He-Tin-Kis Park boardwalk, and passing Amphitrite Point
Lighthouse. The trailhead for the main part of the trail is at Terrace
Beach, with the trail hugging the coastline all the way to Halfmoon
Bay in Pacific Rim National Park.
by hand through old-growth thickets of twisted trunks, limbs and
roots, the trail is a natural treasure-house of forest treats, including
untouched examples of gigantic nurse-logs, raised root systems,
mosses, fungi, lichens and ferns - offering the photographer unique
opportunities to capture close-up images of nature imitating art.
At all times
the views along the ever-changing outer coast afforded by this route
are breathtaking - sunset and sunrise are a must-see. Storm watching
is a natural on this trail, with many breathtaking views 20-30 metres
above surge channels and outer reefs constantly pounded by ocean
swells. Hikers get an up-close-and-personal look at the ocean's
fury, while viewing from the protection of the trail itself. During
the annual gray whale migration (late Feb-late May), whales can
be spotted not more than 5 km offshore, and sea lions, seals, mink
and otter inhabit these coastal waters.