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Clayoquot Sound Trails - Tofino to Ucluelet

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Grice Bay Aerial VideoGrice Bay is not really a hike but a setting off point for kayakers and boaters. Tofino Inlet, Cannery Bay, Tranquil Inlet, Fortune Channel, Dawley Passage Provincial Park as well as Kennedy River are all attractions for boaters from here.  There is a nice boat launch and lots parking.  Kayakers frequently depart from here to explore the sheltered waters away from the open ocean out past Tofino.  Usually quiet and serene, sometimes Grice Bay can be a hive of activity due to its popularity as a boat launch for tour operators, recreational boaters as well as fishermen.  At Grice Bay you will find a small picnic area and pit toilets and a small grassy area.  There are great views of the bay and islands beyond.  You could easily entertain yourself by sitting on the cute rocky beach and watching the wildlife in the area.  Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons are sometimes spotted here.  The boat launch of course is free to use however you will require a parking pass if you plan on leaving your vehicle unattended for any length of time.  You can't get a pass at Grice Bay, but rather at one of the Parks offices, tourist Info Centre's or at the Long Beach Parking Lot.  If you plan on needing a parking permit, it is convenient to pick one up at the huge Tourist Info Centre on your way to Tofino.  The one at the three way junction where left takes you to Ucluelet and right to Tofino.

Why should you drive to Grice Bay?

Grice Bay is a great place to escape the crowds and soak in nature.  The silence is wonderful and the scenery is pretty.  Certainly if you have a boat, kayak or canoe, Grice Bay is a great place to visit and launch.  The amount of wildlife in the area is unexpectedly huge.  If you sit on the hot, sun warmed rocks on the shore of Grice Bay for a few minutes you will easily spot a dozen different residents of this tranquil and usually overlooked corner of Pacific Rim National Park.

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Hot Springs Cove Near TofinoHot Springs Cove is a wonderful day trip from Tofino.  Lots of whale watching companies offer whale watching/hot springs tours for very reasonable prices.  The boat ride is out on the open ocean is quite fun and there is a fair bit to see, not least the whales that you hopefully encounter.  The hot springs themselves are wonderful, and the 25 minute (1.2 kilometre) walk to them is unexpectedly beautiful and interesting.  Intricate cedar boardwalks and bridges move you up and through massive trees and wind through the forest.  Years of interesting carvings into the boardwalk planks adorn the route.  Hundreds of names of visiting people, groups, and vessels, give the walkway a historic and artistic feel to it.  Along the boardwalk there are a couple very nice viewpoints looking out to the ocean beyond the forest.  Upon reaching the hot springs there are some nice, beautifully built, cedar changing rooms and yet another viewpoint.  Finally a short path takes you to the hot springs.  Flowing through fissures in the rock the amazing 50 degree water (122F) flows from a small waterfall and continues through five wonderfully natural pools that lead to the ocean...

Why should you go to Hot Springs Cove near Tofino?

Hot Springs Cove is an amazing day out from Tofino that can include whale watching and an enjoyable boat ride to reach them.  The amazing, natural hot springs are beautiful and due to their remoteness, relatively serene.  To enjoy hot springs that cascade into the violent Pacific Ocean is amazing!  The hiking/walking trail to reach the hot springs is very nice and entirely enjoyable.  The cost to reach Hot Springs Cove from Tofino is quite reasonable ($120) when you consider all that you pack into the journey, there and back.

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Kennedy River Bog Park Near TofinoKennedy River Bog Provincial Park is just another feature of the Tofino/Ucluelet part of the world that is just amazing.  You paddle down the wide, Amazon-like river channel into an amazing bog full of life all around you.  A fantastic window to a seemingly untouched oasis in the middle of a rainforest world full of life.  Paddling to Kennedy River and the gateway to Kennedy River Bog Provincial Park is less than a ten minute paddle from where you launch.  You can launch at the Kennedy River bridge, but the launch is simply a steep dirt path beside the bridge and there is just barely room enough to park your vehicle.  The gateway to Kennedy River Bog Provincial Park is by passing under the massive and derelict Kennedy River bridge.  A strong new bridge has been build above the old pilings and the view of the crumbling foundations is beautiful as you pass under.  This bridge has an interesting history as it was the location of the famous logging protests in 1993.  11000 protesters came to the Clayoquot Sound to take part in protests against what was deemed unrestricted logging in the area.  Every day for three months people gathered on this bridge to block logging vehicles.  Hundreds were arrested it what became, and remains one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in Canadian history.  The crumbling foundations still show fragments of that extraordinary history.  If you look closely as you pass under the bridge you will see several badly burned support logs that resulted from an attempt to burn the bridge down.  Amazing!

Why should you canoe/kayak Kennedy River Bog Park?

Kennedy River Bog Park is a beautiful and serene world full of wonderful flora and fauna.  You will rarely see another human in this hidden, river world deep in the wilderness.  If you are a novice paddler, this is a great place to get started.  Kennedy River is slow moving and sheltered from the wind.  Seeing the famous Kennedy River bridge up close and underneath is quite interesting.  A real piece of local history when you reach out and touch the burnt pilings that look as if it happened months instead of decades ago.  If you launch at the Kennedy Lake bridge you will pass by a few very nice rock outcrops at Rainbow Beach as well as the small sheltered and sandy beach perfect for parking for lunch.

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Kwisitis Visitor Centre and Kwisitis Feast House in Pacific Rim National ParkThe Kwisitis Visitor Centre is a beautiful and astonishingly elaborate little museum next to the very nice Kwisitis Feast House(previously the Wickaninnish Restaurant). Both the Centre and the Restaurant lay in the rainforest of Quisitis Point that separates Wickaninnish Beach and Florencia Bay.  The restaurant has incredible views and the Kwisitis Visitor Centre is free.  Kwisitis, in the Nuu-chah-nulth language, means "other end of the beach".  The restaurant and visitor centre are in a very nice building perched on a point in the middle of seemingly endless beaches in either direction.  The restaurant is perched so far out on this point of land that you feel as though you have ocean all around you.  There is a huge sundeck outside the restaurant where you have the ocean crashing below you.  You hear about "must-see" mentioned about places, however in the case of the Kwisitis Visitor Centre, it is definitely a must-see.  The restaurant alone is worth the drive(or hike) to with its amazing ocean views.  Even on a dreary day you will be captivated by the wonderful view.  The Kwisitis Visitor Centre exhibits are stunning.  A full size recreation of a whale hunt takes up much of the main room.  The attention to detail is amazing as you can see the intensity in the hunter's faces as they go for the kill.  Several other depictions line the walls.  You may only spend 15 minutes in the visitor centre, but you will appreciate the wonderful look into the history of the area.

Why should you drive or hike to the Kwisitis Visitor Centre?

Kwisitis Visitor Centre is a wonderful and free little museum of sorts in a building with a huge deck overlooking the ocean.  The Kwisitis Feast House has great food and reasonable prices and every table has a million dollar view of the Pacific Ocean.  Located in the midst of other fantastic hikes make this a must-do on any visit to Pacific Rim National Park.

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