- Stunning, rugged coastal trail in Ucluelet, dog-friendly
- Easy walking (wide, smooth trail with a few hills and a steep cliff edge)
- 8 km of trail in total with 4 sections;
- The Lighthouse Loop (2.5 km loop)
- Big Beach (1 km)
- Brown’s Beach & Artist Loop (3.5 km)
- Ancient Cedars & Rocky Bluffs (1.3 km)
Stand on the edge of Canada and explore Ucluelet’s rugged Wild Pacific Trail during storm watching season. One of the most glorious and unique trails in the world, this well-kept route boasts many beautiful viewpoints along the way. Discover its wild side with us!
The Lighthouse Loop is a good place to start. There are two parking areas on Coast Guard Road; the one near the Coast Guard station is suitable for campers. The Ancient Cedar section starts at the parking lot just north of Blackrock Oceanfront Resort – we stayed at Blackrock and loved it! It’s in a great location, the rooms are attractive and clean, the restaurant is decent – and the pool setting is incredible!
Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail
A coastal route that twists its way through the old growth-temperate rainforest along the coastline of the Ucluth Peninsula. A world treasure, this amazing stretch quite rightly ranks as Trip Advisor’s #1 attraction on Vancouver Island, BC! If you want solitary splendour, then go at dawn or dusk; surrounded by temperate rainforest. Feel the hypnotic power of waves as big as houses crashing against the black volcanic rocks, with the Pacific Ocean stretching out beyond, all the way to Japan.
The Wild Pacific Trail is on the edge of Canada, in Ucluelet (40 km north of Tofino) near the Pacific Rim National Park. Aside from the surreal volcanic coastal scenery, this route is studded with extraordinary panoramic views. You’ll be so eager to see what’s beyond each hill and turn as the trail spools on ahead.
The Wild Pacific Trail Society formed in 1999 to create the trail and it has been well-maintained since. If you take this path, you may well encounter a local legend known as ‘Oyster Jim’ Martin pushing a wheelbarrow! With the help of hands-on volunteers, he is constantly improving this spectacular treasure – his life’s project.
“We have this diamond in the rough and here I am polishing away at it. I can’t believe I have this palette on which to do my artwork. I have encountered many people out on the trail crying…they are so excited to be on the trail and taking in these views,” said Martin. [source]
Storm watching season on the West Coast of British Columbia is from November to April; we visited in February.
Top 3 Tips
- Get out on the trail as much as possible and at different times – try dawn, dusk or at night.
- Dress for the wet coast. Wear waterproof, non-slip shoes – and bring a raincoat!
- Be prepared to release your inner child. This trail is so much fun, with hidden viewpoints and all sorts of unusual natural features – the Wild Pacific Trail is an adventurer’s dream.
They went on this adventure without me! Apparently, this trail is very dog-friendly if you’re well-behaved.