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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.

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.

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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.  This trail is a wonderful confirmation of Canada's appreciation of parks, nature and education.  The fact that an entire raised, wooden walkway has been built in this forest shows an immense dedication to parks and conservation.

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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Spruce Fringe Trail to Combers BeachThe Spruce Fringe Trail in Pacific Rim National Park is located at the edge of Long Beach, 22 kilometres from Tofino or 19 kilometres from Ucluelet.  The trail begins as gravel then a wonderful boardwalk and then leads to a stunning force of nature.  The Krummholz Tunnel is a weather blasted tunnel of trees.  Thick and surprisingly dense, this bizarre feature of the Spruce Fringe Trail has a nice information board explaining it and it's wondrous formation.. "Closer to the sea, the trees contort and huddle together against the weather.  The ocean's influence has created the spruce fringe but also limits plant growth and form.  Strong winds, laden with salt spray and abrasive sand have shorn off the seaward tips of the trees, pruning them into a tight wedge.  Behind this living windbreak, other spruce are able to grow tall and straight.  Inside the krummholz tunnel the dense tree canopy blocks the light so few plants can grow on the forest floor.  Instead, some shrubs have grown as tall as the trees!"  A short side trail leads to Combers Beach.  Combers Beach is yet another beautiful and huge beach.  Similar to the neighbouring Long Beach it is fun for everyone with lots of room to play and stunning sunsets.

Why should you hike the Spruce Fringe Trail in Pacific Rim Park?

The Spruce Fringe Trail is a relaxing loop trail through a very unusual looking forest.  The bizarre and interesting Krummholz Tunnel is amazing to walk through.  Combers Beach is beautiful.

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The Big Tree Trail on Meares IslandMeares Island was the centre of dispute in the 80's when the Nuu-chah-nulth protested Macmillan Bloedel's intent to log the island.  The Nuu-chah-nulth together with environmental groups blockaded the island and fought in the courts.  The court ruled that until the Nuu-chah-nulth's land claim to the island was settled, no development can occur on the whole of Meares Island.  This tremendous victory enabled the creation of The Big Tree Trail and its breathtaking star feature, the Hanging Garden Tree.  This monster of a tree.  A Western Red Cedar, estimated to be older than 1500 years, is enormous.  18 metres around and magnificently tall, it easily is included among Canada's greatest trees.  A nice boardwalk takes you from the trailhead to the Hanging Garden Tree.  Most people return from there the same way.  You can however, continue on and do a 3.3 kilometre circle route taking in some more of the amazing, and unexpectedly pristine forest, that was the centre of such a chaotic battle not so long ago.

Why should you hike the Big Tree Trail in Meares Island?

Meares Island is beautiful and The Big Tree Trail is a well designed way to explore this wilderness island.  Magnificent and enormous trees along a manicured boardwalk make this trail relaxing and very enjoyable.  Very informative.  You get to see what a 1500 year old tree looks like up close!

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Vargas Island Provincial ParkVargas Island Provincial Park 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 day-hike 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.

Why should you hike to Ahous Bay via the Telegraph Trail on Vargas Island?

Vargas Island is conveniently located close to, and actually visible from Tofino.  The boat taxi to the trailhead is cheap and fun. Vargas Island Provincial Park is a great way to escape the crowds at busy times.  Ahous Bay is breathtaking and camping there is free!

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