Step Outside - the wild awaits!

There is so much to do and explore just steps from your hotel room. Spectacular sandy beaches and lush rainforests attract visitors year-round to the Pacific Rim of Vancouver Island. Here are just a few suggestions on how you can spend your visit to the coast...



Cycling

There are some great opportunities to explore the area on a bike with a 7km trail into Tofino that starts at the Info Centre right across from Long Beach Lodge, a bike skills park in Tofino, and miles of sandy beaches to cruise.

Need to Rent a Bike? Bring your own or we can have a rental bike delivered to the Resort for you. TOF Cycles in Tofino offers a wide range of bikes; from tricycles to tandems and mountain bikes to trail-a-bikes. And they have bikes with baby seats or surfboard carriers, and kids bikes with training wheels.
250-725-BIKE or www.tofcycles.com


Beach Walks

Long pristine beaches framed by mountains and rainforests offer soul satisfying walks among shells and driftwood. Stroll the sandy beaches and discover incredible tidal communities. Tidal pools are home to a wide variety of life, from tiny fish called sculpins, to anemones, sea stars, crabs, mussels and Goose Necked Barnacles.

 

The Best of the Beaches...

  Cox Bay Beach...
Of course, this has to be #1 on our list, as it is right on our doorstep!
  • 1.5 km stretch of sandy beach
  • tidal pools at north & south ends of beach—best explored at low tide
  • sand dollars visible at low tide
  • walk out to the end of Sunset Point for spectacular views of Rosie Bay & the wild Pacific surf
  • one of the best surfing beaches in North America
  • dogs allowed off-leash

  Tonquin Park Beach...
Trail head at the end of Tonquin Park Road in the Village of Tofino.
  • secluded sandy beach is accessed from parking area along a winding boardwalk through the forest and down a lengthy stairway
  • great spot for swimming  on a warm sunny day
  • named after the Tonquin, the 19th century American trading vessel which sank here after historic altercations between the crew and local First Nations people (wreck has not yet been discovered)
  • dogs allowed off-leash

  Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park...
The signature beach of the area.
  • spectacular sandy beach almost 10km long
  • perfect for beachcombing with lots of driftwood
  • part of the longest sand dune on Vancouver Island (16km), joining Florencia Bay, Wickaninnish, Comber's and Schooner Cove beaches

  Chesterman Beach...
A popular beach with the locals.
  • 2.5km stretch of sandy beach
  • West Coast architectural style homes line the shoreline
  • be sure to walk the sandspit at low tide to access Frank Island
  • popular surfing beach
  • dogs allowed off-leash
Did you know that this beach was voted into the Top 25 Beaches in the World by Trip Advisor in 2013?

  South Beach, Pacific Rim National Park...
Known for it's singing stones
  • a stone beach accessed from the Wickaninnish Centre; a trail of  gravel pathways and boardwalks
  • great spot to watch the waves and hear the "music" created by the surf rolling over the beach stones


Guided Interpretive Walks with the Raincoast Education Society

Rainforest Walks

Coastal temperate rainforests are one of the world’s rarest ecosystems, comprising less than 0.1% of the earth’s surface. British Columbia is home to more than 25% of the earth's remaining old-growth temperate rainforests, with Clayoquot Sound containing the largest tracts of ancient rainforest on Vancouver Island. RES guided rainforest walks will provide you with a unique understanding of this globally significant ecosystem. Learn more...
 

Intertidal Walks

RES intertidal walks are a great way to learn about the fascinating creatures that inhabit our coastal tide pools. Tide pools exist in the rocky intertidal zone, subject to two high-tides and two low-tides everyday. Thus, half the time the rocky intertidal zone is underwater and half the time it is exposed to the air. Not only do the hearty marine creatures that inhabit this rugged environment have to deal with fierce waves.
Learn more...
 

Mudflat Walks

The Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area (TMWMA) is the only protected area in the District of Tofino, and is home to dozens of marine and terrestrial species, from shrimp, clams and packs of wolves to herons, owls and migrating shorebirds. RES mudflat walks provide a unique, hands-on introduction to this rich and complex ecosystem. Tours can be customized to the group and can stay close to shore or take off your shoes and head out into the mud. Learn more...
 


Hiking in Tofino

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...

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

 

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: 2.7 km loop past Amphitrite Point Lighthouse ending at He-Tin-Kis Park
  • Hike #2: Continue from this first loop & extend your hike to 8.5km, travelling from Big Beach Park to the bike path outside of Ucluelet

 

Shorepine Bog Trail, Pacific Rim National Park
  • 1 km boardwalk loop through a small bog with stunted, distorted pines, sundews and delicate plants and flowers found only in this environment
  • wheelchair accessible

 


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.
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.
www.justbirding.com


Zipline

Stop for a thrill at West Coast Wild Adventures en route to Long Beach Lodge. Ride a thrilling series of ziplines through the canopy of an old growth rainforest, then zip through the wild Kennedy River Canyon, a rugged sculpted canyon with wild white water. A professional team of guides will take you on a breathtaking excursion!
Learn more...
 

ATV Excursion

West Coast Edge ATV Adventures, based out of Port Alberni,  are the only guided ATV/UTV tour company on the Island. They specialize in custom tours so people of all ages can enjoy and feel safe while enjoying the beautiful backcountry.
Experience the edge of the West Coast like never before, under constant supervision of trained professionals. Upon reaching our destination, amazing views, food, photo opportunities and memorable moments can be expected.
Book a tour...
 

Sea Kayaking

Experience sightings of whales, sea lions, otters, seals, black bears and much more from a kayak! Experienced guides, with an abundance of knowledge about the area, history and wildlife, will teach the novice the basic skills required for kayaking.

Luxury Cruise

A relaxing and fabulous alternative that gets you out on the water in luxury! Join Al & Toddy Landry aboard their luxurious and comfortable 53 foot Canoe Cove yacht, the "Raincoast Maiden".  Archipelago Cruises offers two trips, one day and one evening that allow you to enjoy all that Barkley Sound has to offer, including the incredible Broken Island Group. Your five hour day trip will introduce you to the history of Barkley Sound and Ucluelet. Gourmet food and private charters are available as well, inquire for details.
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Sightseeing by Air

Float Planes...

If you love the West Coast of Vancouver Island, you must see it from the air! There are several great options:

Helicopter Tours

Atleo River Air Service recently added a helicopter to their fleet of seaplanes and is offering a variety of helicopter tours including:
  • Long Beach Rip... a great way to break into the heli-experience with incredible views of Long Beach and Pacific Rim National Park
  • Glacier Walks
  • Rainforest River Tours
  • Heli-Fishing Packages


Golf, Mini-Golf, Paintball & More...

Long Beach Golf Course

For those of you that enjoy a round of golf, the area has a very challenging 9-hole golf course on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park. Long Beach Golf Course has a beautiful setting, a clubhouse with pro shop, driving range, rentals, mini-golf, paintball and a restaurant.   250-725-3332 or www.longbeachgolfcourse.com


Saltwater & Freshwater Fishing

Tofino is home to some of British Columbia's best saltwater and freshwater fishing opportunities.


Local fishing guides will provide a memorable experience for any fishing fanatic, whether out on the waters of Clayoquot Sound fishing for Chinook, Coho Salmon or Halibut or tackling a remote lake or stream in the Tofino area in search of Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout or Steelhead.

The waters surrounding Tofino offer anglers some of the finest year round fishing opportunities available on the coast of British Columbia. Saltwater anglers can target Chinook and Coho Salmon, halibut, bottom fish, and Dungeness crabs in the protected waters of Clayoquot Sound and offshore on the highly productive continental shelf. Dockside processing is available and your fish can be shipped home for you if you like. Fresh water anglers can immerse themselves in the beauty of the local mountains while searching for Trout and Steelhead in remote lakes and rivers. This catch and release experience is one to be remembered. Whether you are an avid angler or just want to give fishing a try Tofino is a fantastic place to be on the water.

Local Fishing Guides...

We recommend several companies in Tofino for your fishing adventure. Check out their websites for detailed information on the specific sport fishing opportunities they each offer:
 

Salmon Eye Fishing Charters
... Ucluelet has the largest amount of feeding area for salmon on the west coast of Vancouver Island and has a long reputation for filling coolers with salmon and halibut. Salmon Eye Fishing Charters offers experienced guides on 27-29 sport fishing boats with large heated cabins, toilets and 4 stroke motors. Our guides have thousands of hours guiding people like you into reeling in both salmon and halibut. Eight hour trips catch both salmon and halibut and  four and six hour afternoon trips are for Chinook and Coho salmon. Check out the Salmon Eye website for videos, up to date fishing reports, and a photo blog of many successful sport fishing trips.

Cleanline Sport Fishing
Tofino's premium sportfishing specialist offers fully guided and outfitted saltwater and freshwater fishing excursions. All premium bait, tackle and fishing equipment is provided and packed picnic lunches can be arranged with advance request.

Tofino Fish Guides
...offers premium saltwater charters and unique freshwater fishing experiences with a focus on providing clients with exemplary customer service. Tofino Fish Guides takes pride in operating luxury vessels and high quality fishing equipment. Company supports salmon enhancement and habitat protection.

WardoWest Fishing Charters
Experience the REEL... Tofino, BC!. Wardowest is committed to ensuring a Tofino Fishing experience that leaves you, your friends and family with fond memories and epic stories for years to come. We individually tailor our fishing packages to each group, and always strive to put you in the ideal situation based on the daily conditions and our expert fishing knowledge.

Biggar Fish Charters
Imagine going on your own private guided salmon and halibut fishing charter from Tofino, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. Are you visiting as a family on vacation? Maybe you’re dedicated fishermen thinking about a fishing holiday? Or are you newlyweds looking for honeymoon ideas? A guided salmon and halibut sport-fishing charter is one of the top things to do in Tofino with viewing opportunities for whales, sea otters, bald eagles and porpoises. You’ll benefit from the 22 safe and successful years of operation by Biggar Fish Charters, one of Tofino’s oldest fishing charter and guide companies. Your adventure awaits because memories, tall tales and adrenaline rushes happen. One fish at a time!

Coastal Charters
...is a Vancouver Island owned business with nearly 20 years of experience in the marine and hospitality industries. Our mission is to provide a high calibre product for our guests that is exciting, safe and value-based.



Learn about the local marine life at the Ucluelet Aquarium...

The Ucluelet Aquarium is a great place to visit to learn all about the sea life in the Pacific Rim, before you head out onto the beaches.

This small regional aquarium exhibits a collection exclusive to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Their tanks are seasonally stocked from the waters around Ucluelet and Tofino, and after a period on display, all the sealife is safely returned to the wild. Here you can see what lives beneath – sea stars, sculpin, jellyfish, coral, sole, nudibranchs, sea slugs, crabs, and much more! They even have a hands-on tank! Kids love it… so do adults!
The aquarium has produced a  Life History Manual which you may be interested in downloading - lots of great info on the local marine environment along with pictures...
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