For People Passionate About Hiking
Vargas Island Provincial Park Tofino Hiking & Camping
Vargas Island is a popular Kayak camping destination due to its wonderful location close to Tofino. It has wonderful, wilderness camping for free and a beautiful feeling of remoteness from the world. And if you are lucky you might see whales pass in the distance from Ahous Bay. The relaxing trail from the Tofino side of Vargas Island to Ahous Bay is 3 kilometres. Making this an easy dayhike from Tofino or Ucluelet at just 6 kilometres roundtrip, trailhead to trailhead.
Most of the western and most beautiful side of Vargas Island is within the Vargas Island Provincial Park. The massive and beautiful Ahous Bay is the camping destination for most on Vargas. You can camp anywhere on the beautiful beaches in the park for free, and there are outhouses available at the campsites.
Though it is a popular kayaking destination, Vargas Island is so close to Tofino that many simply canoe across to it. You never lose sight of land and are in sheltered water the entire way. You can stash your canoe in the vicinity of the Vargas Island Inn and you will see the trail to Ahous Bay next to the Inn. The trail is easy and well used 3k trail has little elevation gain though an amazingly varied plant life. Remember to bring lots of water as Ahous Bay has very little drinkable water.