Trail Guide to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is known for its endless beaches and Canada's best year round surfing location but it is also a haven of peaceful rainforest trails with incredible west coast scenery. From short walks to the famous West Coast Trail multi-day trek, Pacific Rim has a lot to offer for the hiking enthusiast. Below we have described our favourite trails in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, in the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s enchanted coastal temperate rainforest. Its pristine nature, towering mountains, awesome views, splendid lakes, and forests are the main reasons why to visit this destination on Vancouver Island.

Discover the 10 Best Trails in Pacific Rim National Park

Short Walks - Long Beach Unit

Combers Beach Trail

This trail is a short access route to visit Combers Beach. This is relatively a quieter section of Pacific Rim National Park and provides excellent opportunities for birding and also spotting sea lions on neighbouring sea lion rock a short distance off the beach. This is a good trail to have a pair of binoculars handy for wildlife viewing. The trail itself is quite short but we recommend as you arrive on the beach to head to your right (northwest) and walk to Green point and back. This brings the walk to approximately 4km (about 1.5 hrs).

  • 4 kilometres
  • Easy

South Beach Trail

As one of the most scenic walks in the Park, the South Beach Trail follows along the shoreline and offers stunning views of Wickaninnish Bay and Lismer Beach on route to the warm black sand of South Beach. This is a great place to go during the summer for a warm beach picnic or during the winter to watch some big storms roll in.

  • 3 kilometres
  • Easy

Willowbrae & Halfmoon Bay Trail

A short walk that follows a wide gravel route through the forest before descending down a wooden staircase to a beautiful, secluded beach known as South Florencia. To access Halfmoon Bay turn left nearing the end of the Willowbrae Trail and walk the boardwalk down a steep staircase to a quiet pocket Halfmoon beach.

  • 2 kilometres (one way)
  • Moderate

Nuu Chah Nulth Trail

This trail is the longest boardwalk in the National Park, which winds through the rainforest between Wickaninnish Bay and Florencia Bay. With a few viewpoints along the route this is one of our favourite short walks in the region.

  • 2.7 kilometres (one way)
  • Moderate

Rainforest Trail

The Rainforest trail has 2 routes, one on each side of the Pacific Rim Highway listed as Route A and B. This is a beautiful wooden boardwalk loop that visits some magnificent old growth trees and provides a great opportunity for the rejuvenating practice of forest bathing (Shinrin Yoku).

  • 2 kilometres (loop)
  • Easy

Shorepine Bog Trail

This short loop trail consists entirely of boardwalks and has zero elevation gain making this one of the easiest walks in the National Park. Along with it being the easiest walk, it also is considered the most unique as you go through a completely different landscape than the rest of the trails in the area.

  • 0.8 kilometre (loop)
  • Easy

Schooner Cove Trail (boardwalk currently closed)

This is one of the most scenic rainforest walks in the park, with a beautiful trail winding through a moss covered forest as you descend towards Schooner Cove. To explore further; once arriving at the beach it is best to turn to your right and continue walking around the corner to Schooner Cove where you will find yourself as the only ones on the entire beach. This is one of our favourite and most beautiful secluded pockets of the National Park. The boardwalk trail is approximately 1 km in length but expanding this walk to Portland Point on the northern side of Schooner Cove turn this walk into approximately 8 km round trip.

  • 8 kilometres
  • Moderate

Day Hikes - Long Beach Unit

Pacific Rim Traverse

The Pacific Rim Traverse in Pacific Rim National Park Long Beach Unit is considered one of the premier day hikes in Tofino and Ucluelet, an iconic experience within easy reach of both communities. The 14 kilometre route is comprised of 4 beautiful beaches and 5 of the National Park's trails, a moderate 4-6 hour trip for most hikers.

  • 14 kilometre (one way)
  • Moderate

Multi Day Treks - West Coast Trail Unit

West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail (WCT) is an iconic backcountry, multi-day backpacking trail that is a bucket list challenge for many hikers. The 75-kilometre (47-mile) West Coast Trail is part of the ancient paths and paddling routes used for trade and travel by first nations. Huuay-aht, Ditidaht, and Pacheedaht villages and camps were well established before the foreign sailing ships started to arrive off this coast over 200 years ago.

  • 75 kilometre (one way)
  • Challenging

Long Beach Nature would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate, the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We would like to extend that respect to the Ahousaht, Hesquiaht to the north and the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, Huu-ay-aht to the south and all the First Nations of the region.