Ucluelet is between two sections of the Pacific Rim National Park. South of Ucluelet is the Broekn Group Island section and North of the village is the Long Beach section. These west coast beaches and hiking trails are in the Long Beach section a short drive from downtown Ucluelet.
Based on a 1-5 scale with 1 being easy and 5 being difficult. Walked by a healthy adult at a leisurely pace with a leisurely attitude. Take into consideration if travelling with children, older persons or if you are super-fit.
Distance A rough guide and is based on the total return trip.
Dogs AOK Dogs are Welcome
Please keep your humans on leash so they don't chase wildlife, etc. You know how people can be!
Surfing This is a surfing location.
Beaches When you see the beach ball there is a beach at that location.
Ever hear of a corduroy road? Take this trail and you'll be travelling the footsteps of the early settlers when they travelled this corduroy road (road built of logs laid down beside each other - like corduroy). between Tofino & Ucluelet. Walking along a boardwalk the trail is rolling and level. The boardwalk hs a fork when you get close to the ocean and you can choose to go left along a trail then down steep stairs to gorgeous Half Moon Bay (cove) or go straight on down steep stairs to the south end of Florencia Bay (beach).
Follow the trail along Lost Shoe Creek and take your chance panning for gold as the earlier settlers did in the 1900s. Logged in the 1960's this area shows how forgiving Nature can be by regenerating a alder, cedar and fir forest. Access to the beach may be restricted due to winter storms.
Better than a trip around a movie set, this bog would be the perfect place for a scary movie. Distorted, warped and twisted describe these incredible pine trees. Growing under stressed conditions they are barely metres tall after hundreds of years! Check out small but deadly sundews that eat insects, the peat moss that grows meters deep (who knows what's under there?) and all the plants that live here.
Florencia Bay Beach Trail is a short trail that first takes in the view over Florencia Bay then leads down a set of steps to a wonderful open beach. It is one of the trails close to the Wickaninnish Centre. Drive and start at the parking lot close by or include this trail as part of Willowbrae Trail. Florencia Bay is also known locally as as Wreck Bay.
Want to hear the real Rolling Stones? Start this trail at the Wickaninnish Centre and after a level section the trail splits into two and one continues to South Beach. The beach is well-known for it's singing stones. As the waves roll in they rock the stones and the stones rock on! Come for the music, stay and watch the theatre of big breakers. Great place for a picnic.
The Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre is at the end of Wick Road. This information centre focuses on natural and cultural heritage. The centre is open mid March to mid October. An all-terrain wheelchair is available. Take a long walk along the Wickaninnish Beach. Surfing can be exciting at Wickaninnish Beach, but also challenging so ask some locals about it before heading out - undertows.
This trail is named after Chief Wickaninnish, a leader of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth people. We like to think of it also named after his wife who probably kept things running smoothly for him to go out and become such a big chief. It links off the South Beach Trail at the top of the first hill - turn left at the sign. Look for signs of old corduroy road while enjoying this lovely forest route used by natives and the early settlers.
Two trails that take you to the heart of an ancient rainforest. Giant trees, soft hanging moss, ferns with open inviting fronds and other forest plants welcome you to stroll the boardwalk and learn about their home. The two looped trails take you by salmon spawning streams, huuuuge cedars, stately snags, and nurse logs letting you see how the community of nature all nurtures each other.
Take this trail at Comber's Beach through a Sitka spruce forest and be guided by the plaques explaining the botanical life of the forest. With Sitka spruce at the oceans fringe the forest opens up to a more diverse collection of plant life moving away from the sea's salt and wind. A gentle trail with one set of stairs that loops back to the beginning.
This is it - the longest sand beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Surfers, kayakers, swimmers, sand castle builders, frisbee throwers, walkers, talkers and thinkers come to be inspired by the sights and sounds of this beautiful beach. Bring lots for lunch and stay for dinner over a beach fire. Watch the sun set deep into the ocean and feel that direct line from you out to the universe.
Boardwalk through rainforest with some ups and downs. Comes out at a wide secluded beach in Schooner Cove at the North end of Long Beach. If walking with little ones or older ones, have an energetic person walk back to the lot and drive to meet you at Long Beach while you walk the short distance along the level sand to the top of Long Beach. Or head north on the beach to explore.
Drive along a treed country road to take in a panorama of Clayoquot Sound from the viewpoints on Radar Hill. Formerly part of the Pinetree Line Defence System, Radar Hill was one of the radar stations used as early warning of air strikes to North America during WWII. Now clear of buildings the short path takes you to beautiful vistas and around the former station area. The second parking lot at the end of the road is very close to a viewpoint if anyone in your group has difficulty walking.
Chesterman Beach has two sections but is really one long beautiful beach. Both are sandy and are enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. The North end boasts a lighthouse with rocky islands and lots of sand to play in or walk on and hard pack sand to run on. The two sections are connected by the sand bar to Frank Island. You may walk out to Frank Island at low tide. Popular surf spot.
Chesterman Beach has two sections but is really one long beautiful beach. Both are s andy and are enjoyed by visitors and local alike. The South end is great walk along the beach and take in the sights. There are two good surfing areas here; a calmer area out front and a bigger wave area to the South. The two sections connect by Frank Island. Popular surf spot.
A great beach on the other side of town. Looks out to a small island and is very sandy. Bike or drive through town and up to the end of Tonquin Park Road. Park there and walk down the steps (there are a few of them) to the beach. Nice place to swim, picnic and enjoy a small beach.
· Cool Things About a Rain Forest
Banana slugs, dwarf mistletoe, epiphytes, fallen trees/nurse logs, the forest floor, the ground soil, shaddy plants, small mammals, snags, and streams are all part of the Pacific West Coast Rain Forests.
· Life Cycle of A Salmon
The stream is where the salmon's epic journey from egg to adult interlocks with the forest's own cycle of growth and decay.
· Conifer Trees of A Rain Forest
Learn about the life of a conifer tree starting 40 million years ago.
· Rain Forests and Temperate Weather
Temperate rainforests, such as the forests of Tofino, have fewer different species than its tropical counter-part, but may contain the greatest weight of living organisms per area of any ecosystem on earth.