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Ucluelet

Our beaches offer picturesque views of the West Coast. They are a mix of sand and pebbles with many logs to sit and relax on. All can be accessed directly by car and are equipped public outhouses. The Wild Pacific Trail winds along the peninsula highlighting many great look outs and beautiful forest.


Big Beach

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This is Ucluelet's feature beach. It is an amazing spot to relax and watch the sunset. The beach is located right in town and connects with the Wild Pacific Trail. There is a gazebo and outhouse for public use and a nearby basketball court and skate bowl.



Bathroom Facilities: Available at some entrances.
Dogs: Allowed, but must be on a leash.
Camping: Not allowed on any of the beaches or in the parking areas.
Parking: Campers, recreational vehicles and buses are able to park only at certain lots as many of the parking areas are not big enough to accommodate them.
Parking Fees: There are no fees to park in Ucluelet.

Little Beach

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The name speaks true for this beautiful little spot. There might not be a lot of room on this beach but it is generally not very busy and has a great view.


Bathroom Facilities: Available at some entrances.
Dogs: Allowed, but must be on a leash.
Camping: Not allowed on any of the beaches or in the parking areas.
Parking: Campers, recreational vehicles and buses are able to park only at certain lots as many of the parking areas are not big enough to accommodate them.
Parking Fees: There are no fees to park in Ucluelet.

Terrace Beach

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This beach is at the entrance to the He-Tin-Kis section of the Wild Pacfic Trail. It is a lovely spot much like Little Beach (both very small) and is located behind the Terrace Beach Resort


Bathroom Facilities: Available at some entrances.
Dogs: Allowed, but must be on a leash.
Camping: Not allowed on any of the beaches or in the parking areas.
Parking: Campers, recreational vehicles and buses are able to park only at certain lots as many of the parking areas are not big enough to accommodate them.
Parking Fees: There are no fees to park in Ucluelet.

Wild Pacific Trail

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This is the main trail in Ucluelet. It runs throughout the town offering amazing views of the outer west coast. The trail has a few different sections of all different lengths and is easily accessible from town. The terrain is very flat and easy for people of all abilities. The Wild Pacific Trail does not allow bikes on the trail as it is not wide enough to accommodate both walkers and bikes.

Different trail sections:

Amphitrite Lighthouse & He-Tin-Kis Park This section of the trail is a 2.5km loop and can be walked in 30 to 45 minutes. It is a great area for a quick walk or run with amazing views of the lighthouse, exposed coast, and a perfect spot to see the sun rise. The Amphitrite section of the trail is the shortest and has the easiest terrain of any of the trails. The He-Tin-Kis Park trail also has stunning views with a short trail that has fairly easy terrain on a boardwalk path with some stair sections. There is also some stairs that lead to rocky beaches on the trail.

Big Beach The trail starts off in town at the popular Big Beach recreational area. From their it winds along the coast and through the rainforest. This trail has a few different sections with options for different lengths. Altogether this route is roughly 8km with some stairs but still faily easy terrain. There is quite a few paths down to different pebble beaches along the trail.


Pacific Rim National Park





The Long Beach Unit is named after the 16km sandy beach of Wickaninnish Bay. Beachwalks & Tides: If you are planning a beach walk be sure to check the local tide guide before you leave as some of the beaches are fully covered upon high tide.


Halfmoon Bay

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Trail: Dirt path, boardwalk sections, many steep stairs.

Trail Distance: 1.7km one way, about 40 minutes.

The path down to Halfmoon Bay begins as the Willowbrae Trail which used to be part of a sea to land route that linked Tofino and Ucluelet before the road was built in 1942. After about half an hour on the flat dirt trail the path forks into two. To the right a steep stairway leads down to South Florencia, and to the left a dirt path continues on to Halfmoon Bay. This trail continues on for about 10 minutes through uneven dirt (sometimes mudd), boardwalk, and some steep stairs that lead down to the sheltered bay. This is a very beautiful small sandy beach. It is generally not very crowded and has a great view of Florencia Bay. Be cautious, however, the halfmoon section of this trail is easily flooded and can be very muddy after a hard rain, gumboots are always a good idea. Getting there: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town for roughly 5km until you get to Willowbrae Road (left side). Follow the short dirt road up to the small parking lot for the trail. Parking: The parking area is very small and does not accommodate buses, campers, or RV's. Be sure to purchase a parking pass in advance as you cannot buy a ticket here, they can be bought at the visitors center.
No camping or fires



South Florencia Bay

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Willowbrae Trail- South Florencia Beach

Trail: Dirt path, boardwalk, steep stairs.

Trail Distance: 1.4km one way, 30 minute walk

The path down to South Florencia is along the Willowbrae Trail which used to be part of a sea to land route that linked Tofino and Ucluelet before the road was built in 1942. After about half an hour on the flat dirt trail the path forks into two. To the left a dirt path goes to Halfmoon Bay and to the right a steep set of stairs leads down to South Florencia. The sandy beach is truely stunning. It is generally less busy then most of the other beaches and is very close to Ucluelet. South Florencia and Florencia Bay are divided by a river that is not usually crossable. The beach can be walked for about an hour and a half before reaching the river.

Parking: Small parking area. No RV's, campers, or bus's.

How to get there: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town for roughly 5km until you get to Willowbrae Road (left turn). Follow the short dirt road up to the small parking lot for the trail.



Florencia Bay

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Trail: Dirt path with a fairly steep stair section at the end.

Trail Length: Less than 10 minutes to the beach.

Beachwalk: This is a beautiful beach to take a walk on. You can walk to the north for about 30 minutes. To the south you can also walk for about 30 minutes before you reach a river which is usually uncrossable. The other side of the river is considered South Florencia, which is reached from a seperate parking lot closer to Ucluelet.

Getting There: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town, past the juntion, and go in the direction of the Park and Tofino. Continue on into the Pacific Rim Park until you get to the Wickaninnish turn off. Florencia Bay is a short drive down this road. The distance from Ucluelet is 13km and the distance from Tofino is 28km.

Parking: There is a small parking area the cannot accommodate bus's, camers, and RV's. The lot for Florencia also gives access to the Nuu-Chah-Nulth trail which leads to South beach and the Wickaninnish Beach Interpretive Center.

No camping or fires, please keep dogs on a leash.


Nuu-Chah-Nulth Trail

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Trail: Dirt path, boardwalk, some stair sections.

Trail Distance: 2.5km one way

This is a great trail to take a longer walk on as most of the trails in the park are quite short. It passes through rainforest, bog, and beach. The trail was designed by the Central Region Nuu-chah-nulth and Parks Canada and has on-site interpretation with informative signs along the trail that give you a glimpse into the local native culture. The trail links the Florencia Bay and the Wickaninnish parking areas, also giving access to South Beach.

From the Wickaninnish parking lot: The first bit of this walk is a mix of flat dirt paths and an inclined boardwalk section. This part is very easy for people of all abilities, is wheelchair accessable, and passes by some beautiful small beaches with great views. This trail also has interpretive signs and a beautiful totem pole. After 600 m the trail forks into two, with the left leading 1.9 km to Florencia and the right leading 200m on the South Beach trail and down to the beach.

From the Florencia Bay parking lot: This trail takes you on dirt paths, boardwalks, and stair sections. It leads through stunning forests and an amazing bog with interpretive signs along the way. After 1.9km the trail comes out and splits into two. To the right the Nuu-chah-nulth trail continues 600m on to Wickaninnish Beach, and to the left the South Beach trail begins and 200 m later pops out on the beach (see below).

Getting There: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town, past the juntion, and go in the direction to Tofino. Continue on into the Pacific Rim Park until you get to the Wickaninnish turn off. The distance from Ucluelet is 13km, and the distance from Tofino is 28km.

Parking: This trail links the parking lot at Florencia to the Wickaninnish parking area. Florencia has very little parking, so anyone with RV's, campers, or bus's will have to park at the Wickaninnish as it has a very large set of parking lots.

Parking passes are also needed for all lots. Florencia Bay doesn't have a ticket booth so passes should be purchased prior at the visitors center or at the nearby Bog Trail. Wickaninnish has multiple ticket booths and annual passes can be purchased at the Interpretive Center.

No camping or fires, please keep dogs on a leash.


Wickaninnish Beach

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Trails: From the Wickaninnish Interpretive Center the Nuu-chah-nulth trail leads to both South Beach and Florencia Bay.

Beach: The Wickaninnish Beach is one of the most stunning spots on the coast. This long white sandy beach can be walked for over 2 hours and is a great spot to watch the sunset.

Interpretive Center: This is a must see for anyone visiting the park. There are many informative displays, videos, and great staff to answer any of your questions.

Getting There: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town, past the juntion, and go in the direction to Tofino. Continue on into the Pacific Rim Park until you get to the Wickaninnish turn off. The distance from Ucluelet is 13km, and the distance from Tofino is 28km.

Parking: This is a very large parking area with lots of room for buses, campers, and RVs.


South Beach Trail

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Trail: Dirt path, boardwalk, stair sections

Trail Length: This trail and beach can be reached from two parking areas. The shortest walk is from the Wickaninnish parking lot and the other walk starts at the Florencia parking lot (via the Nuu-chah-nulth trail) for a slightly longer walk. See below for a much more detailed desciption of the trail lengths.

From the Wickaninnish parking lot: The first bit of this walk takes you on the Nuu-chah-nulth trail which is a mix of flat dirt paths and an inclined boardwalk section. This part is very easy for people of all abilities, is wheelchair accessable, and passes by some beautiful small beaches with great views. This trail also has interpretive signs and a beautiful totem pole. After 600 m the trail forks into two, with the left leading 1.9 km to Florencia and the right leading 200m on the South Beach trail and down to the beach (see below).

From the Florencia Bay parking lot: This path starts as the Nuu-chah-nulth trail and takes you on dirt paths, boardwalks, and stair sections. It leads through stunning forests and an amazing bog with interpretive signs along the way. After 1.9km the trail comes out and splits into two. To the right the Nuu-chah-nulth trail continues on 600m to Wickaninnish Beach, and to the left the South Beach trail begins and 200 m later pops out on the beach (see below).

South Beach Trail:

This trail is only 200m long and consists of dirt paths, boardwalks, and stair sections. It can be slippery on wet days so be cautious.

South Beach:

This is a great little pebble beach with shore pounding surf. On storming days this spot gets hit by the full force of the storm and is a perfect spot for wave watching, but be very cautious and obey all warning signs as it can be a very dangerous area when big storms hit.

Getting There: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town, past the juntion, and go in the direction to Tofino. Continue on into the Pacific Rim Park until you get to the Wickaninnish turn off. The distance from Ucluelet is 13km, and the distance from Tofino is 28km.

Parking: The Wickaninnish parking area is very large and can accommodate all sizes of vehicles. The Florencia Bay parking area on the other hand is quite small and won't fit buses, campers or RVs.

No camping or fires and please keep dogs on a leash.


Bog Trail

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Trail: Boardwalk, no stairs. Trail Length: 800 m loop. This trail is wheelchair accessible. The Bog walk offers a unique look at our west coast environment. This short loop takes you on a leisurly walk through an old growth coastal temperate rainforest... with a twist. Bogs are very sensitive areas that would be greatly damaged by human contact, therefore a raised boardwalk allows views of an untouched bog environment. The soil in the bog is both extremely acidic and has poor drainage. Amazing views of a stunted and dwarfed forest surround the boardwalk. Getting There: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town, past the juntion, and go in the direction of the Park and Tofino. Continue on into the Pacific Rim Park and take the Wickanninish turn off. The Bog is a short drive down this road. The distance from Ucluelet is 13km, and the distance from Tofino is 28km. Parking: The parking area is not very large and cannot accommodate buses, campers, and RVs. Be sure to purchase a park pass from the visitors center or the nearby parking area. There are picnic tables in parking lot and viewing benches along the trail. No camping or fires please.


Combers Beach

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Trail: The trail that leads to combers is the Spruce Fringe Trail

Combers beach is a beautiful area to take a long relaxing walk. It is generally less busy than most of the other beaches and can be walked for hours to the north. Directly to the south is the river that divides the Wickanninish Beach and Combers. It cannot always be crossed.

Always check the tide level before planning your visit, at high tide this beach is covered and cannot be walked.

Getting there: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town, past the juntion, and go in the direction of the Park and Tofino. Continue on into the Pacific Rim Park until you get to the Combers Beach parking lot. The distance from Ucluelet is 19km, and the distance from Tofino is 22km.

Parking: The parking area is very large and can accommodate buses, campers, and RV's.

There are picnic tables in parking lot and viewing benches along the trail. No camping or fires.


Spruce Fringe Trail

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Trail: Dirt path and boardwalk sections with some inclines.

Trail Distance: 1.5 km loop (only a small amount open)

The Spruce Fringe Trail leads down to Combers Beach. The main trail is under construction and there is only a small section open which takes about 15 minutes to walk.

The trail sign reads:

The forest along the shoreline is shaped by a unique blend of influences from ocean and land. Few plants are capable of surviving the salty mists and sand-laden winds of the open Pacific. Walk beneath the sculpted Sitka spruce to see how they form a living fortress that protects the rainforest behind them.

How to get there: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town, past the juntion, and into the Pacific Rim Park until you get to the Combers Beach parking lot. The distance from Ucluelet is 19km, and from Tofino is 22km.

Parking: The parking area is very large and can accommodate buses, campers, and RVs.

There are picnic tables in parking lot and viewing benches along the trail. No camping or fires allowed.


Rainforest Trail

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Trail: Mix of dirt and boardwalk with many steep stair sections.

Trail Length: Two Trails (A&B), both 1km loops.

On-site interpretation with informative signs along the trail.

These trails wind through gigantic western red cedar and western hemlock reaching up to the sunlight, their boughs thickly carpeted with hanging gardens of moss. Fallen giants criss-cross the forest floor, acting as a nursery for the next generation. Come and scan the upper canopy for forest birds such as ravens and kinglets, listen to the trickle of water and smell the richness of this living forest.

No beach access, camping, or fires.

Getting There: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town, past the juntion, and go in the direction to Tofino. Continue on into the Pacific Rim Park until you get to the Rainforest turn off.

Parking: One parking lot with 3 sections that are all small and unable to accommodate recreational vehicles, campers, and buses.


Long Beach

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Trail: None. The parking lot gives direct access to the beach.

Long Beach is the main attraction to the west coast. It is very beautiful and can be walked for some time in either direction. This beach is a popular spot for beginner surfers and other tourists looking to see the beach without having to walk a trail.

Getting there: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town and into the Pacific Rim National Park. The drive to Long Beach is about 20 minutes from Ucluelet, and 15 from Tofino.

Parking: There are two parking area's for long beach. One is very big and can accommodate any size of vehicles. The other parking lot is the "Incinerator Rock" which is very small and cannot accommodate larger vehicles.

No camping or Fires.


Schooner Cove

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Trail: Mix of dirt and boardwalk with many steep stair sections.

Trail Length: 15 mintues

The Schooner Beach is one of the best spots to explore the amazing intertidal life that the west coast has to offer. Plan your walk for a lower tide and wander through the rocks exploring.

The trail down to this beach is especially beautiful and highly recommended for those visitors with little time that won't be able to walk very many trails. It has on-site interpretation with informative signs along the trail.

How to get there: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town, past the juntion, and go in the direction of the Park and Tofino. Continue on into the Pacific Rim Park until you get to the Schooner turn off. It takes about 30 minutes from Ucluelet.

Parking: The parking area is fairly large and can accommodate most vehicles.

No camping and no fires, please keep your dog on a leash.


Radar Hill

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Trail: There is a small concrete path that leads up to the lookout, it is wheelchair accesible.

The lookout is beautiful no matter what the weather condition and gives you an amazing view of the surrounding beaches and mountains.

How to get there: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town, past the juntion, and into the Pacific Rim National Park. The drive to Radar takes about 30 minutes.

Parking: The parking area is fairly large and can accommodate most vehicles.

No camping or fires


Grice Bay

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Trail: None. The parking lot gives direct access to the beach. This section of the park has a boat launch, ocean views, and picnic area. The bay gives boaters and kayakers access to the beautiful Tofino Inlet. This is one of the few spots in the park where you can drive straight up to a sheltered ocean view. It is ideal for people who have trouble getting around. Getting There: From Ucluelet you follow the main highway out of town, past the juntion, and go in the direction to Tofino. Continue on into the Pacific Rim Park until you get to the Grice Bay turn off. Parking: There is a large parking area the can accommodate buses, campers, and RVs. This is a very popular spot for people with boats.


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