Vancouver Island is a real hidden paradise. I can’t say enough about how much my mind was blown when we arrived in the Ucluelet area (40 Kilometers apart from Tofino). I had known BC is beautiful, but I really hadn’t realized just how beautiful it is.
The eight-kilometre hike has been ranked the top outdoor attraction in the province by TripAdvisor and among the travel ranking site’s top 10 in Canada. Once you walk this trail, it is easy to see why. There were many times we wished we had a hammock we could lay in for hours, staring out into the breathtaking scenery.
We were blown away when we started walking the Wild Pacific Trail, Lighthouse Loop. It was well maintained, and there were plenty of benches if you wanted to stop and take in the stunning views of the rocky west coast shore. You’ll even find some areas with stairs that go down to a couple of secluded beaches. It was a rather easy hike, we were able to bring the stroller with our three kids, so that was helpful for when their little legs were tired.
We passed very few people on the trail as well, really allowing us the peace, to really be able to connect with nature and be rejuvinated as we listened to the water crashing as we walked the trail. The trail would be fantastic in any weather as it provides a dense rainforest canopy that acts as a natural umbrella, making a visit any time of year a rewarding one. The anciet cedars and the sealine rugged and wild with beaches of driftwood and clifts of jagged rock are sure to impress.
Take a look at the beauty of the Wild Pacific Trail:
We hope to return to the Wild Pacific Trail one day and explore more of the hidden areas “down the stairs” and experience the difference on a clear, sunny day. If you’re experiencing the trail for the first time, however, know that visitors typically cross their fingers for stormy weather.
Know before you go:
- The trail is free. Parking is free.
- It is a hike the whole family can do, even if you have little kids.
- Bring your camera. Your mind will be blown.
- Toilets are only located at the trailheads.
- This is a wilderness area, wildlife encounters are possible (bears and wolves are most common).
- It is okay to bring Fido; just keep him on a leash.