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Easy Hiking Trails Near Tofino and Ucluelet in Clayoquot Sound

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Nuu-chah-nulth Hiking Trail in Pacific Rim National ParkThe Nuu-chah-nulth(aka the Wickaninnish Trail), has the amazing distinction among all the other beach hikes in the Tofino-Ucluelet corridor, in that it is flanked on one side by the amazing, and historic Florencia Bay.  And on the other side by the unexpectedly, extraordinary and beautiful, Kwisitis Visitor Centre.  The Kwisitis Visitor Centre is in fact a pretty impressive little museum.  They have taken a very small space and filled it with jaw dropping murals, carvings, exhibits and an amazing full sized native whaling expedition in mid-attack.  Amazing.  You certainly don't expect such a well designed exhibition to be so understated.. and free.  And if that wasn't enough there's more.  The Kwisitis Feast House(previously the Wickaninnish Restaurant) is excellent.  Reasonably priced and good food.. and every table has a million dollar view of the wild Pacific Ocean, beyond and below.  The restaurant juts out, over the ocean, and the waves crash here as you dine, loud, big and beautiful.  You would be hard pressed to find a more amazing view for lunch or dinner, at such a reasonably priced restaurant, anywhere.  But enough about the great restaurant, back to the great trail.  The Nuu-chah-nulth is an interpretive trail that gives a glimpse of the local First Nations culture as it meanders 2.5 kilometres through the rainforest from Florencia Bay to Wickaninnish Beach.  Certainly a good way to hike this area is to park at the Florencia Bay/Nuu-chah-nulth parking lot and take the short hike to Florencia Bay.

Why should you hike the Nuu-chah-nulth trail?

The Nuu-chah-nulth Trail is fantastic.  It has history, a beautiful rainforest trail, ocean views, a beautiful beach and it ends at the amazing and free Kwisitis Visitor Centre and excellent Kwisitis Feast House Restaurant!  The Nuu-chah-nulth Trail is located in an amazing cluster of sights, beaches and hikes.  The Shorepine Bog Trail, Florencia Bay, Kwisitis Visitor Centre,Kwisitis Feast House and the Nuu-chah-nulth Trail are all easily done in a half day.

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Radar Hill in Pacific Rim National Park, TofinoRadar Hill is definitely one of the Tofino sights not to be missed.  It's easy and quick to access, the views are beautiful, and its one of the few places in Tofino where you can see where you are.  Usually you are engulfed in trees or down by the water.  From Radar Hill you rise above everything.  Because it was a military radar post, you can drive right to it.  The walk to the top takes only five or so minutes.  The memorial plaque is very touching as well.  A very powerful time in Canadian history.  Anyway, take in the views and read the plaque.  It's very moving.  Take a moment to think about how amazing the view is, and how intricate the memorial is.  This memorial to a battle.  An amazing event in Canadian history.  This war is in our past, it could not happen again.  But it was so recent.  In 1951 the world was at war.  Now think of how little you know about this war.  Monuments like this are very important.  Radar Hill serves two purposes.  The first as a memorial.  The second as an amazing place to take in the world.  Tofino is young.  Sort of.  It's only been a massive tourist draw for a couple decades.  But for a lot longer than that its been a lot more.  And Radar Hill has featured in thousands of peoples memories.  For an obvious and powerful reason.  The view is incredible.  If ever there was a perfect place to share a beer or toast to something.  This place is it.

Why should you hike to Radar Hill in Pacific Rim Park?

Radar Hill has beautiful views and an interesting history.  A close and convenient drive from Tofino to a very short trail to the wonderful, historic viewpoint.  If you don't take a few short minutes to stop here and see the monument memorial and beautiful views you will be missing out on a very nice place.  A great idea if you are staying in Tofino is to make it your first sightseeing stop of the day and bring a lunch to relax and enjoy the wonderful views.

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Rainforest Trails Near Tofino and UclueletThe Rainforest Trail is a fantastic, deep, dark, wet and wonderful walk through a giant tree forest.  There are, in fact, two beautiful 1km rainforest loop trails.  One on the ocean side of the highway, the other on the forest side.  Both are equally nice and both have an elaborate boardwalk system that at times seems luxurious as it keeps you tidily above the deep, mossy, wet, and chaotic forest floor.  For an amazing, jungle-like experience this is the place to go.  The forest is deep, wet and massive.  Very massive.  The wonderful aroma of nature fills your lungs as this incredibly elaborate boardwalk runs along massive nurse logs, huge cedars and an astounding array of young and ancient trees.  You come out of this forest in awe of how beautiful this Tofino - Ucluelet stretch of land is.  This is the away-from-the-ocean, BC Coastal Rainforest at its best.  And there are two trails, remarkably different, so really it's a figure 8 trail.  Do it all and marvel at the wonderful, wet and wild Clayoquot Sound.

Why should you hike the Rainforest Trails in Pacific Rim Park?

The Rainforest Trail is just steps from the Pacific Rim Highway and a quick and easy way to get out and see massive trees is a truly beautiful, BC rainforest.  The boardwalk is fun and makes you feel like you are in a jungle playground.  The two 1 kilometre loop trails are easy and fun for the whole family.

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Schooner Cove Trail Near Tofino and UclueletThe beautiful trail to Schooner Cove starts just at the top end of Pacific Rim National Park near Tofino.  Schooner Cove also sits near the top or northern end of Long Beach which continues south from here for 10 kilometres!  Almost immediately you are struck by the enormous trees.  Hundreds of years old, these monsters are everywhere along this trail.  The Schooner Cove trail and Schooner Cove itself is much quieter and even at times secluded feeling when compared to other Pacific Rim National Park beaches and hiking trails.  The trailhead parking is just off of the Pacific Rim Highway.  The trailhead is just across a small, gravel road and you quickly enter a beautiful forest along a gravel path.  The path soon leads to a wonderfully constructed wooden boardwalk.  Stairs, bridges and lots of boardwalk guide you through the the thick forest of huge cedars and hemlock trees.  There are an abundance of examples in and around Tofino and Ucluelet of nurse logs.  Trees that have fallen and another tree has grown on it.  The Schooner Cove trail, however, has a really amazing example of this.  A massive, western hemlock, grows from a huge, fallen tree with its spider web like roots grasping all around it.  This wonderful tree is located just inches from the boardwalk and leaves you staring in wonder about how aggressive a tree can fight to live.  The trail soon descends to the beach which is has a variety of places to explore.  Rock outcrops will all sorts of sea life lurking, a sandy beach that goes for kilometres, and Schooner Cove itself which is hidden, sheltered from the wind and secluded.  To reach it by low tide by walking along the beach or by walking the overgrown trail that connects to it from near where the main trail reaches the beach.  Schooner Cove's close proximity to Tofino, its shelter from the wind as well as its beauty, make it a popular spot for those that know and love it.

Why should you hike the Schooner Cove trail in Pacific Rim Park?

The trail to Schooner Cove is fun and varied.  Beautiful forest, bizarre trees and a nice hidden beach.  Definitely one of the more adventurous of the easy trails in Pacific Rim National Park.  The boardwalk and stair sections are quite elaborate on this trail making it comparable to the Rainforest Trails in terms of making you feel like you are walking through an Ewok Village.  The stairs descend and ascend quickly through the dark and deep forest that is so absurdly full of life that you find yourself staring, incredulous at one bizarre tree after another.

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Shorepine Bog Trail in Pacific Rim ParkHiking/walking the Shorepine Bog Trail in Pacific Rim National Park is a surreal experience.  As you wander through this weather beaten forest that looks nothing like anything else you've seen in the rest of the park.  It is absolutely bizarre.  Pacific Rim National Park is almost entirely rainforest.  Giant trees, wet, mossy ground, dead and decaying giant trees, laying on the dark, wet forest floor.  And yet the Shorepine Bog Trail looks more like a desert.  Everything looks blasted by wind, and unexpectedly dry, very dry.  The Shorepine Bog Trail is not so much a trail as a continuous boardwalk.  This makes it a very easy and relaxing trail that keeps you from damaging the bog beneath your feet as you walk.  This short trail runs in a continuous loop that is less than one kilometre and should take you about 20 minutes to complete.  The wonderful boardwalk is free of stares and one of the few Pacific Rim Park trails that is very wheelchair friendly.  The bizarre looking Shorepine Bog with its gnarled, stunted trees is a result of acidic soil that has been trapped in an odd depression in the landscape.  Bogs result from poorly drained ecosystems, and this bog receives 3 metres of rain a year.  Lack of drainage encourages Sphagnum moss to grow and Sphagnum acidifies the water which in turn slows the decaying process and most forest species cannot survive.  And the species that can, look brutalized by the deprived conditions.  The shore pine is a great example of this.  According to the informative signs along the Shorepine Bog Trail boardwalk, the stunted and mangled looking shore pine grows sideways instead of upward due to the few nutrients available in the acidic, waterlogged ground here.  Some in the bog are estimated at 300 years old.  Three centuries of harsh growing conditions have made these mangled looking trees into a modern work of art.  The lodgepole pine, towers above the others at 4 to 5 metres high, elsewhere in Pacific Rim National Park, rises more than 30 metres!  A certain confirmation at the awful growing conditions and wonderful resilience of the Shorepine Bog's inhabitants.

Why should you hike the Shorepine Bog Trail in Pacific Rim Park?

The Shorepine Bog Trail is an adventure and learning experience thanks to the wonderfully constructed boardwalk and interpretive signs.  It is a great glimpse into a harsh and hidden world inside the otherwise lush and thriving rainforest of Pacific Rim National Park.  The Shorepine Bog Trail is located in the same area as Florencia Bay and the Nuu-chah-nulth Trail.  Both are beautiful, must see trails and the Nuu-chah-nulth Trail leads to the excellent Kwisitis Visitor Centre and adjoining restaurant, making this a great half day grouping of sights.

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