Recreational and outdoor adventure opportunities in the Pacific Rim National Park are numerous:
The weather in the Pacific Rim area has a profound effect on any planned activities, as precipitation along the west coast of Vancouver Island is amongst the heaviest in the world. Match the season with your desired activity, and come prepared for rain, awe-inspiring winter storms and glorious sunshine! Visit the Park Information Centre for information on all Visitor Services.
The best known and most visited of the 3 regions, Long Beach is famous for the long sandy beaches of Schooner Cove and Wickaninnish and Florencia Bays, stretching between the two villages of Tofino and Ucluelet.
The 13,715-hectare Long Beach unit incorporates numerous rocky points and headlands, offshore islets and the mudflats of Grice Bay, an important wintering habitat and stopover for migrating waterfowl.
The impressive Green Point Campground caters to campers and RVs and, along with the Wickaninnish Centre and Parks Canada, provides valuable and interesting heritage learning programs on cultural features and the natural ecosystem of the Pacific Rim National Park.
Long Beach caters to visitors seeking to relax in the picnic areas, comb the beaches or stroll along the trails and boardwalks.
Radar Hill, just south of Tofino, provides a great view of Tofino Inlet, Meares Island and Gowlland Rocks. Naturalists watch whales from shore or follow the self guided Shorepine Bog Trail to study the moss, plants and interesting bugs found in a bog environment.
Late June to early September is high season in the Park and surrounding area. Mid-October through mid-March is the Park low season. Expect most park facilities, including the Wickaninnish Centre, the Park Information Centre and Green Point Campground to be closed. Visitors can drive the Pacific Rim Highway (Highway 4) from Port Alberni to Long Beach, 68 miles (108 km) of paved winding mountain highway. Busses run between Port Alberni and Ucluelet/Tofino, or the more adventurous can hop aboard the MV Frances Barkley for the trip down the Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound to Ucluelet.
The Broken Group Islands Unit consists of over 100 islands, islets and rocky outcrops scattered in the centre of Barkley Sound, between Loudoun Channel and Imperial Eagle Channel.
This unit totals 10,607 hectares, of which only 1,350 hectares is land.
The larger of the forested islands are Effingham, Turret, Turtle, Dodd, Jacques, Nettle and Gibraltar Island.
The Broken Group is known internationally for awesome kayaking and wilderness camping enjoyed by organized adventurers seeking escape to the remote and desolate islands within the park. Natural features of this tranquil group of islands include lagoons, sandbars, blowholes, arches and secluded anchorages. Ancient native middens, village fortifications, stone fishtraps and archaeological sites stimulate the imagination of visitors to this traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth people.
There are seven designated camping areas in the Broken Group Islands within national park boundaries, located on Hand, Dodd, Willis, Turret, Clarke, Gilbert, and Gibraltar Islands. All island visitors and users must camp in these designated campsites. Random campers will be asked to move to one of the designated campsites. All the campsites are small, and cannot sustain large groups. Please practice low impact camping techniques.
Camping was discontinued on Benson Island in May 2009 out of respect for its cultural significance. Archaeological research dates traditional use of Benson Island for over 5,000 years. Tseshaht First Nation’s oral traditions name this site as their origin place where the first Tseshaht man (Naasiya’atu) and woman (Naasayilhim) were created. It became the site of their principal village of Ts’ishaa. It is from this village that the Tseshaht derive their name, as Tseshaht literally means “people of Ts’ishaa”. Visitors are encouraged to visit Benson Island during the day and return to designated campsites for the night.
Maximum stay on each island campsite is 4 days. Maximum group size is 10 person total, and applies to private and commercial and non-profit groups. Maximum stay in the Broken Group Islands is 14 days. Solar composting outhouses are provided at all eight campsites. Please follow the posted directions for use of these facilities.
Camping fees in the Broken Group Islands are from May 1 to September 30. Fees are mandatory, non-refundable, and will be collected by a National Park licensed concessionaire at the campsites in the morning and evening. A Use Permit will be issued when fees are paid. VISA, MasterCard and cash are accepted.
Canoe and kayak access to the Broken Group Islands from Bamfield or Ucluelet is not recommended due to the exposed passages. Boaters and ocean paddlers can access the Broken Group Islands via Toquart Bay in northwest Barkley Sound. The unsigned road turnoff is located about 12 km northeast of the junction of Highway 4 and the Tofino-Ucluelet Highway.
A BC recreation campsite is located at Toquart Bay on the North side of Barkley Sound providing a boat launch for access to the islands. The popular Torquart Bay Recreation Campsite sees a lot of traffic from kayakers heading over to the Broken Islands. There are about 15 oceanside open tent sites, as well as RV areas, a cement boat launch, and lovely south-facing sand beaches. There is a parking fee for those who wish to park at the site but not camp there. From Port Alberni follow the Pacific Rim Highway 4 for about 50 miles (80 kms). Turn left at the sign for Torquart Bay on to the Maggie Lake Forest Service Road and follow it for 15.5 km.
The MV Frances Barkley will transport paddlers, kayaks and canoes to Sechart, on the fringe of the Broken Group Islands. The passenger and cargo vessel travels between Port Alberni, the Broken Group Islands, Ucluelet and Bamfield during the spring, summer and fall.
The West Coast Trail Unit of the park includes the section of coast southeast of Barkley Sound between the villages of Bamfield and Port Renfrew. This 25,640-hectare strip contains the 75-kilometre historic West Coast Trail, originally constructed for the rescue of unfortunate mariners shipwrecked off the treacherous west coast of Vancouver Island.
This internationally acclaimed hiking trail largely retraces an old telegraph route first established in 1890, and follows a rugged shoreline where approximately 66 ships have met their demise along this stretch of the “Graveyard of the Pacific”. The old telegraph line once connected Victoria with Cape Beale near present day Bamfield. Shipwreck survivors followed the rough and arduous trail in either direction, finding shelter in wooden cabins constructed at intervals along the route.
The land of the West Coast Trail unit is temperate coastal rainforest dominated by old-growth spruce, hemlock and cedar. Some of the tallest and largest trees in Canada grow along the West Coast Trail and in the adjacent Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park.
The topography of the region features natural wonders like the Hole-in-the-Wall, a natural sandstone arch carved by relentless wave action over time, the Tsusiat Falls at the mouth of the Tsusiat River, the Nitinat Lakes and Narrows and countless caves, creeks, coves, tidal pools and rocky headlands.
Recreation is decidedly of the wilderness variety! The merits of hiking the challenging West Coast Trail are known around the world. Of equal stature in the paddling world is the Nitinat Triangle Canoe Route, a gruelling battle against the wilderness, winds and extensive portages.
Access to the West Coast Trail unit of the park is via the trailheads at Bamfield and Port Renfrew.
Pacific Rim National Park is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, stretching between Port Renfrew on the southwest coast to near Tofino on the central west coast of Vancouver Island.
Nearby Regions & Towns
Parks Canada – British Columbia
Phone: 250-726-4600 (Pacific Rim NP Information Centre – Year Round)
Ocean Outfitters LtdOcean Outfitters Ltd
Adventure Seekers and Nature Lovers – OCEAN OUTFITTERS is the place to kick off all your Tofino activities! Our experienced, passionate guides will pilot you through beautiful Clayoquot Sound to view whales and bears aboard one of our luxury covered vessels or, for a real thrill, aboard a Zodiac! Whether you’re headed up to Hot Springs Cove, in search of a gentle inlet tour, or want to meet up close and personal our local Gray Whales, Humpbacks, Transient Orca and other wildlife… we are your ‘Gateway to Adventure’.
Ocean Outfitters is proud to bring you the best fishing itineraries that Tofino has to offer! Salt and freshwater fishing for salmon, halibut, trout, and our specialty, steel head. Charters are available for both the hard-core fisherman and families looking for fun. Tofino offers excellent “family friendly” fishing areas with calm, protected waters, and LOTS of fish. Helping kids and novice boaters explore the wonders of our area and wildlife is a big part of what we love to do. Our guides have generations of fishing history in their blood, they maintain the utmost professionalism, and they ensure a safe, productive day on the water every time.
Programs Offered: Fresh and Saltwater Fishing, Whale Watching Excursions, Tidal Black Bear Watching, Coastal Hot Springs Cove Explorer, Pelagic Bird Tours, Meares Island Big Tree Trail Water Taxi Service (Guided & Solo), Meares Island Lone Cone Taxi, Interpretive Harbour Tours, and Custom Tours
Reservations are recommended. Our waterfront location on Main Street in the Shore building has an in-house organic espresso bar.
Pacific Surf SchoolPacific Surf School
Pacific Surf School in Tofino offers year-round services for anyone wanting to learn how to surf safely and maximize the fun during their surfing time, or anybody wanting to just grab the gear they need to get out there and enjoy the Pacific Ocean.
Pacific Surf School lessons are hands-down the most thorough you will find in Tofino, led by dedicated, passionate, certified, safety-conscious instructors with a serious love for surfing.
Each lesson is three hours long and takes place at one of the many beautiful beaches in Tofino. We choose the beach based on the weather and wave conditions on the day of your lesson. This helps ensure you have ideal waves for learning how to surf!
We also offer surf camps and have a fully stocked rental fleet of surfboards, standup paddle boards, wetsuits, and all accessories – pretty much anything that novice or experienced surfers of all ages need to take full advantage of Tofino’s awesome waves. Complimentary roof racks are included with all surfboard rentals to protect your car and make your life easier (while stocks last). Visit us in shop where you can browse our clothing and used gear for sale as well!
Majestic Ocean Bed & BreakfastMajestic Ocean Bed & Breakfast
Majestic Ocean Bed & Breakfast in Ucluelet offers rooms with private entrances, private bath, heated hardwood floors, comfortable queen sized beds, 8-person hot tub with waterfront view, and beach access. Minutes from the Wild Pacific Trail, Long Beach, Tofino, Pacific Rim National Park, and the Broken Group Islands. Majestic Ocean Kayaking offers world-class guided kayaking tours.
Archipelago Wildlife CruisesArchipelago Wildlife Cruises
For an experience unlike any other, step aboard our luxurious 53-foot motor yacht, the “Raincoast Maiden”, to view whales, bears, sea lions, eagles and other wildlife in comfort. We offer a relaxing wildlife cruise with a personal touch. With a spacious cabin, washroom, comfortable seating inside and out, guests can sit back and take in the abundant wildlife and magical scenery with a taste of luxury. Truly a nature cruise of a different nature!
More than just wildlife viewing, our interpretive and very personal tours include a scenic cruise through the sheltered waters and breathtaking scenery of the Broken Group Islands and an optional gourmet meal while at anchor. Romantic Evening Cruises and Private Charters are also available. We will share our love and enthusiasm for the area and make your West Coast experience an unforgettable one.
Cameron Ocean AdventuresCameron Ocean Adventures
Cameron Ocean Adventures operates off the pristine Canadian shores of beautiful Ucluelet, home to Vancouver Island’s #1 trail, the Wild Pacific Trail. Cameron Ocean Adventures offers adventures in the waters of the Broken Group Islands and Barkley Sound in Pacific Rim National Park.
Experience first-class sport fishing for salmon and halibut, whale watching on the largest vessel in Ucluelet, and year-round custom charters with professional guides aboard clean, safe, luxury motor yachts that depart right from the convenient Ucluelet Harbour.
Join us for an experience you won’t forget.
Pachena Bay CampgroundPachena Bay Campground
Pachena Bay Campground is nestled in an old-growth rainforest next to an expansive, sandy beach that directly faces the open Pacific Ocean. The campground is at the mouth of the Pachena River, next to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations community of Anacla, and just 5 kilometres from the picturesque town of Bamfield.
Enjoy unparalleled wilderness adventures, go beachcombing on pristine shores, hike through old-growth rainforests, and watch soaring eagles and other local wildlife along the way. Enjoy some of the world’s best sportfishing, kayaking, diving or eco- and cultural tourism adventures. The campground has been smartly upgraded to welcome RVs and campers, as well as tenting.
Remote Passages Marine ExcursionsRemote Passages Marine Excursions
Whether watching whales, dipping into Hot Springs Cove, or kayaking to a rainforest trail, people of all ages have enjoyed our excursions since 1986. We launch out of Tofino in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, just minutes from Long Beach and Pacific Rim National Park. We look forward to welcoming you aboard for a Clayoquot Sound adventure by Remote Passages.
Terrace Beach ResortTerrace Beach Resort
Jason Priestley and family invite you to visit our secluded beachfront cabins in Ucluelet, nestled between the two main sections of Pacific Rim National Park – the Broken Group Islands to the south and Long Beach and Tofino to the north. Pet friendly Terrace Beach Resort connects to The Wild Pacific Trail. Outdoor hot tubs on the decks of several units.
Cabins at Terrace BeachCabins at Terrace Beach
Enjoy a private beachfront cabin nestled in the clutches of a Pacific Rim rainforest, on the edge of the Wild Pacific Trail, where rugged shoreline meets the ferocious Pacific Ocean. Nature is everywhere, from huge expanses of sandy beaches, to intricate marine life in tidepools and giant cedars, hemlocks, and spruces. Located in Ucluelet at Terrace Beach, The Cabins is pet friendly.
Pacific Sands Beach ResortPacific Sands Beach Resort
1421 Pacific Rim Highway Box 237 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 postalPhone: 250-725-3322homeFax: 250-725-3155homefaxToll Free: firstname.lastname@example.orgINTERNETVisit Website
Located beachfront on spectacular Cox Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Pacific Sands Beach Resort sits on the edge of Paciﬁc Rim National Park, a short scenic drive from Long Beach as well as the charming, seaside village of Toﬁno – famous for local culture and artisans.
Blessed with over 40 acres and 1,000 feet of sandy beach, and built on family, romance and fun, guests have revered and returned to Paciﬁc Sands for decades. From s’mores and board-games around the gazebo, to surﬁng adventures and boardwalk strolls to Pettinger Point, it’s a hotbed of history and memories.
Breathe in the intoxicating ocean air as you relax on your private deck. Enjoy home-cooked meals from your fully-equipped kitchen or venture out to a variety of restaurants for local ﬂavours. Renowned for year round activities, explore summer ﬁshing, whale watching and golf, winter storm watching, and all season beachcombing.
From wise, old-growth forests and the relentless melody of pounding surf, to make-yourself-at-home resort services and hospitality, experience Paciﬁc Sands Tofino accommodations – the perfect convergence of land, sea and simple pleasures.
Florencia Bay HideawayFlorencia Bay Hideaway
Private cabins bordering Pacific Rim National Park! From your doorstep, walk through the rainforest on the Willowbrae Trail to the beautiful open ocean sandy beaches and rolling surf of Florencia Bay and Halfmoon Bay. Featuring post and beam fir log construction with cedar log accents and knotty pine and cedar interiors. Enjoy private decks with hot tubs, full kitchen/dining, old-fashioned clawfoot soaker tubs, BBQs, satellite TV, and many extras.
Salmon Eye Fishing ChartersSalmon Eye Fishing Charters
Come fish in one of the most productive areas to fish on the west coast for salmon and halibut. Ucluelet is centrally located in the center of the largest feed grounds on the west coast for salmon, halibut, ling cod and vermillion. Fishing from June 15 to September 10 is prime season though there can be good fishing starting in May and lasting up to late September. Ucluelet is accessible by car only 5 hours from Vancouver or 7 hours from Seattle. You can also fly from Vancouver to Tofino.
Our boats are 25-29′ with heated cabins and large decks to make your time on the water comfortable. Our boats are rigged with only the best equipment and our guides know how to get you on both salmon and halibut.
Most people book our Silver or Gold packages. Our gold package is the best deal, as you as you get large 1,600 square foot ocean view condos for groups of 3 and 4. For groups of 2 we normally use 1-bedroom condos, though you can upgrade for not much extra.
Whatever your goals are for this fishing trip, we will do our best to make your experience memorable. All trips must be booked well in advance as we run at capacity for summer months.
The Whale CentreThe Whale Centre
Box 111 411 Campbell Street Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 postalPhone: 250-725-2132homeFax: 250-725-2136homefaxToll Free: email@example.comINTERNETVisit Website
Experience the thrill of seeing whales up close – Killer whales (Orcas), Humpback whales, and Gray Whales – or watch otters, black bears, and birds in their natural habitat in beautiful Clayoquot Sound, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. For a true west coast safari, combine whale watching with a soak in the natural hot spring at Hot Springs Cove.
Whale’s Tail Guest SuitesWhale’s Tail Guest Suites
The Whale’s Tail Guest Suites are beautifully maintained, modern, private, clean, quiet and roomy travel apartments located in the ocean-front fishing village of Ucluelet. Full condo-style units with complete kitchens are provided with your choice of one, two and three-bedroom suites. The front desk is located one block north at the West Coast Motel on the Harbour, 279 Hemlock Street.
Clayoquot Wilderness ResortClayoquot Wilderness Resort
380 Main Street P.O. Box 130 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 postalPhone: 250-726-8235homeFax: 250-266-0412workfaxToll Free: firstname.lastname@example.orgINTERNETVisit Website
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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a small, privately-owned and operated Relais & Chateaux eco-safari-style resort Outpost in the remote wilds of Vancouver Island, near Tofino, open seasonally to guests from all over the world. We are a true resort destination in that we own and operate our own adventures and activities, and, working with the Ahousaht First Nation, provide unprecedented access to the UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve.
With just 25 guest tents and an over-full complement of staff, wilderness guides and food and beverage artisans, our clients receive respectfully intimate attention from the moment they arrive via floatplane until they wave goodbye from the horse-drawn wagon carrying them back to the dock.
Adventure unfolds in tandem with the rainforest, tides, seasons, and the call of the wild. An impressive menu of equestrian, marine, hiking, fishing, interpretive, and restorative activities is offered daily – each outing custom-built to suit age, skill-level and expectation.
The resort in Bedwell Sound provides 21st-century-safari style lodging in opulently outfitted prospector tents, and a massage and therapeutic treatment centre with the soul of an outpost spa. Activities include whale watching, bear watching, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and hot springs tours.
Mills Landing ChartersMills Landing Charters
Mills Landing in Bamfield provides guests first class access to one of BC’s most beautiful, and productive fishing locations at an affordable price. Waterfront cedar cottages, premium fish processing, Grady Whites, Islander reels and the best in customer service keep our guests returning annually. Check us out once, chances are you’ll be back again!
Wickaninnish InnWickaninnish Inn
Osprey Lane at Chesterman Beach PO Box 250 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 postalPhone: 250-725-3100homeFax: 250-725-3129workfaxToll Free: email@example.comINTERNETVisit Website
The Wickaninnish Inn is an enchanting and critically acclaimed landmark offering rustic elegance on nature’s edge. From remote fishing to sunset beach walks, your luxurious custom getaway is our priority, and no trip to BC would be complete without experiencing this remarkable Tofino destination. The Wickaninnish Inn offers accommodation with direct beach access, 75 deluxe rooms, and panoramic ocean or beach views from every guest room.
RV, Camper & Trailer RentalsRV, Camper & Trailer Rentals
Rental of RVs, motor homes, travel trailers, tent trailers, truck campers, and utility car trailers on Vancouver Island. If you don’t have a suitable towing vehicle, we offer delivery of rental trailers to various campsites so you can relax and meet your rental trailer at your chosen location. Located in Courtenay in the Comox Valley on Central Vancouver Island (Fly into Comox).
Tofino Resort and MarinaTofino Resort and Marina
Tofino Resort and Marina is a resort “Inspired by Adventure”. We are nestled in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere; ideally located just steps from Tofino’s village and local beaches. Take our onsite shuttle to explore Pacific Rim National Park, or watch the sunset at Long Beach. Reserve pet-friendly ocean-view lodging, surf rentals, whale watching, bear watching, fishing, and hot-spring tours. Onsite dining features wood-fired pizzas and craft beer on three different patios, an oceanfront restaurant, and Tofino’s only pub.
Ucluelet CampgroundUcluelet Campground
Ucluelet Campground is located in the historical fishing village of Ucluelet, at the southern edge of the Pacific Rim National Park. The private campground offers 125 sites for tents, trailers and RVs, some with beautiful harbour and mountain views. Amenities include full-service, partial-hookup and no-service sites, clean shower and washroom facilities, fire rings, picnic tables, and water stations.
Vancouver Island Vacation RentalsVancouver Island Vacation Rentals
Why not stay in the best accommodation available for the Ucluelet/Tofino area and not pay the price? Watch breathtaking sunsets, whales breaching, eagles soaring, sea lions playing and more from the comfort of your place while you sip a nice beverage, all the while enjoying the ocean spray. Our luxury 1,600 to 2,100 square-foot condos are in Ucluelet BC.
We don’t have a front desk that can answer you on the spot, so if you are looking for 5-star service we aren’t the right fit. If you do want to stay in a place larger than any resorts, in either Ucluelet or Tofino, we are the right fit. The ocean view is not too bad either.
Discounted rates from October to April.
Black Rock Oceanfront ResortBlack Rock Oceanfront Resort
Escape to Vancouver Island for a family vacation, romantic getaway, or special event. Contact our spectacular Ucluelet resort for reservations, hotel information, event planning, or booking one of our exciting Vancouver Island getaway packages. Reserve your family vacation or weekend getaway online, and you’re on your way to creating magical memories of Vancouver Island, or call our friendly hospitality team to book your dream vacation.
Hello Nature Adventure ToursHello Nature Adventure Tours
Located in the quaint fishing village of Ucluelet, close to Barkley Sound, the Broken Group Islands, and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, our kayaking and hiking tours range from short half-day tours to week-long adventures. Whether you are an experienced or novice sea kayaker and/or hiker looking for a new and exciting adventure, or someone who is not really sure what the west coast of Vancouver Island is all about, we promise we will find the right experience for you.
Hello Nature Adventure Tours Video
Kayaking and hiking are great ways to explore the beautiful beaches, peaceful coves, offshore islands, wildlife and the native forests that make up our coastline. Participate at your own pace by sampling a half-day trip, full-day trip, or come on a guided overnight trip and allow us to take you to all of our favorite places.
Majestic Ocean KayakingMajestic Ocean Kayaking
1167 Helen Road Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 postalMailing Address: Box 287 Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0 homePhone: 250-726-2868homeFax: 250-726-2860workfaxToll Free: firstname.lastname@example.orgINTERNETVisit Website
Kayak the Majestic West Coast waters of British Columbia. Our ecotourism adventures will take you to Barkley Sound, the Broken Group Islands, Pacific Rim National Park, Clayoquot Sound and the Deer Group Islands. We provide Part-day, Full-day, and Multi-day trips. Camp on pristine beaches, eat gourmet food, hike through dense rain forests, and learn about the rich variety of Pacific Coast seashore life. Rental kayaks available.
Mills Landing Cottages & ChartersMills Landing Cottages & Charters
Mills Landing is a private oceanfront cottage resort located on the edge of Barkley Sound. Our cedar cottages are fully self-contained and very comfortable. Mills Landing offers accommodation, moorage, fishing charters, whale watching, nature adventures, and marine tours of the Broken Group Islands near Bamfield. Perfect for anglers wanting access to the best fishing on Vancouver Island, and for those looking to get away from it all.