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Hiking in Tofino

Rainforest Hiking Trails | Nature Guides | Nature Exhibits | Bird Watching | Bird Watching Tours


Rainforest Hiking Trails...

There are many options for visitors wishing to walk or hike on rainforest trails. Tofino, Pacific Rim National Park and the village of Ucluelet all offer different vistas and levels of intensity. A map is available that outlines the major walking/hiking trails in the area and our staff would be happy to give you information based on your expectations to maximize your personal experience.

A few of our favourite trails...

As with our list of favourite beaches, we polled out staff to determine their "must do" family-friendly trails in the area...

 

Schooner Cove Trail, Pacific Rim National Park

  • a great trail for those that want to explore both the rainforest & the beach
  • the 2km boardwalk through the rainforest takes you to a wide secluded beach  (Schooner Cove) at the north end of Long Beach
  • trail has quite a few ups & downs with stairs
  • recommend going at low tide when farthest beach is accessible &  tidal pools full of mussels, star fish & anemones are easy to explore
     
 

Rainforest Trail, Pacific Rim National Park

  • Two interpretive boardwalk trails (2km) on opposite sides of the highway
  • Trails take you through ancient rainforest with massive trees, ferns and eerie hanging moss
  • Parking area on the oceanside
     
   

South Beach Trail, Pacific Rim National Park

  • 1.5km trail starts at the Wickaninnish Centre, winding through the forest and along the shoreline to South Beach, known for it's singing stones
   

Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet

  • trail accessible to all ages with gravel pathways & boardwalks offering incredible views of Barclay Sound, the Broken Group Islands & the open Pacific;  trail winds around the rugged, rocky shoreline of the Ucluelet Peninsula  through ancient spruce & cedar rainforest
  • trail is being built in several phases by volunteers in the community, with these first two trails completed...
    • Hike #1: 2.7km loop past Amphitrite Point Lighthouse ending at He-Tin-Kis Park.
    • Hike #2: Continue from this first loop & extend your hike to 8.5 km, travelling from Big Beach Park to the bike path outside of Ucluelet.
 

Shorepine Bog Trail, Pacific Rim National Park

  • 1km boardwalk loop through a small bog with stunted, distorted pines, sundews and delicate plants and flowers found only in this environment
  • wheelchair accessible
   

 

 

Big Tree Trail, Meares Island

  • 3km boardwalk trail through ancient rainforest to the Hanging Garden Tree, estimated to be more than 2000 years old and 60 feet in circumference
  • trail accessible by boat or kayak only

 

 

Nature Guides...

Nature Guides are available to enhance your outdoor experience in the area and provide fun, educational adventures! Long Beach Nature Tours brings over 25 years of guiding service in the form of its founder and head Guide Bill McIntyre. The former chief naturalist of Pacific Rim National Park can help you focus on tidepools and beaches, storm watching (weather permitting), or the secrets of the rainforest. Whale watching by land is even possible during migration.
...Long Beach Nature Tours: www.longbeachnaturetours.com


Nature Exhibits

Visit the Wickaninnish Centre perched on the shore of the Pacific. Through exhibits, displays and films, visitors glimpse into the power and majesty of the earth’s largest and deepest ocean. Open mid-March to mid-October. Or try the Rainforest Interpretive Centre in the Village of Tofino. The Whale Center also has a great selection of Nature exhibits.


Bird Watching...

The Pacific Rim is home to an abundance of birds with hundreds of species including bald eagles, great blue herons, steller jays, rufous hummingbirds, western sandpipers, lesser yellowlegs, black oystercatchers and Pacific loon

Bird Watching Tours...

Just Birding is owned and operated by George Bradd. Having extensive background in bird research, conservation and bird guiding, Just Birding offers you quality experiences in small groups, while enjoying superb west coast birding. You will learn how to identify birds by field marks and bird songs. Binoculars and field guides available from your guide. Outings can be geared toward a half day or full day and can be set up to meet individual or group needs.
...Just Birding: www.justbirding.com