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Long Beach in Pacific Rim Park Near TofinoLong Beach is the wonderfully accessible beach that spans the middle of Pacific Rim National Park for several kilometres.  It's the longest stretch of surf swept sand on west coast of Vancouver Island.  In fact, if you include Florencia Bay, Wickaninnish Beach, Combers Beach and Schooner Cove with Long Beach, then it is the longest sand dune on Vancouver Island.  Surfing, walking and wandering the beach are the main activities here.  Winter storm watching and summer sunshine make Long Beach hard to beat.  It is popular and huge, so you don't feel crowded even in the busiest of summer days. Storm watching is advertised to off season visitors to Pacific Rim National Park, and for good reason.  The Pacific Ocean crashes here with nothing to impede it for thousands of kilometres.  The nearby West Coast Trail, is closed to hikers for more than half of the year due to these ferocious storms and brutal weather.  These storms along this stretch of coast the nickname, the "Graveyard of the Pacific" after decades of continuous inbound ships wrecking along the shores near here.

Why should you go to Long Beach in Pacific Rim Park?

Long Beach is a huge, white sand beach that is just steps from where you park your car.  Located in the middle of Pacific Rim National Park, it is convenient and beautiful.  Surfing, suntanning, relaxing, exploring, picnicking and swimming are all fantastic here.

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Lone Cone Near TofinoLone Cone is the wonderful cone shaped mountain that dominates the skyline in Tofino.  It is just 6k from Tofino on the north-western end of Meares Island.  Lone Cone is an incredible hike to do while in Tofino.  There are several attributes that make it fantastic.  First, its location.  Very close to Tofino.  Just a short and very scenic boat taxi takes you to the trailhead.  Second, is it is such an abruptly steep hike that you go from the ocean to absurdly sweeping views in just over an hour.  Due to the location of Lone Cone requiring a water taxi to access, ensures that it remains serene and quiet most days.  In the 15 minute, fast taxi, you will see a quick look at the spectacular scenery that has made Tofino famous.  Small and large islands crammed almost solid with beautifully huge trees.  Sandy beaches that make you think more that you are in Hawaii than in Canada.  Abrupt, rocky outcrops with chaotic, swirling, clear and green water that the boat taxi/tour guide continuously points to unexpectedly beautiful creatures lurking in.  Then you look up in the trees and spot a resident eagle staring menacingly down from a tree branch next to its nest full of offspring.  And that's just the first five minutes from the pier.  15 minutes from the pier you arrive at the grungy, though at the same time, strangely beautiful pier at the now abandoned town, Kakawis.  There are still a few dozen houses that line the gravel road you will see as you make your way to the trailhead.  In 2013 another trailhead was opened closer to Tofino but much further from Lone Cone.  This trailhead also has a $5 fee to access.

Why should you hike Lone Cone on Meares Island near Tofino?

Lone Cone is a challenging, abruptly steep and very rewarding hiking trail.  The views from the top are sensational.  The trail is a bit muddy at the start, then mostly shrouded in trees most of the way to the top, however it is relatively short at just 3.3 kilometres (drop off pier to viewpoint near the summit).  The boat taxi fare to Lone Cone is quite reasonable at just $40 for the round trip.

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Nuu-chah-nulth Trail Ocean ViewThe 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 Beach in Pacific Rim Park Near TofinoRadar Beach is one of the innumerable places that makes this part of the world so amazing.  It is difficult to get to due to it having an unmarked trailhead, steep and muddy trail, and considerable climbing and crawling above and below fallen trees.  Where the other popular beach trails in the area have elaborate and expensive boardwalks and stairs, Radar Beach does not.  And hopefully never will.  This difficult trail ensures Radar Beach as a secluded paradise in the midst of the sometimes crowded and chaotic, nearby beaches.  The unmarked hiking trail begins at the end of the Radar Hill parking lot.  Indiscreetly, a well used trail disappears steeply down towards the ocean, and within minutes you find yourself clinging to a rope as you ascend steeply.  The trail is easy to follow in the daytime, however, you would have great difficulty keeping to the trail after dark.  You would be smart to have a light with you in case you linger at the beach longer than planned.  Though it's only just over one kilometre to the beach, it may take you over 40 minutes to get there.  There is, along with some rope assisted sections, plenty of mud avoiding, root jumping, log crossing sections that slow you down.  The mud can generally be avoided, but if you're worried, don't wear shoes you don't want dirtied.  Once at the beach you will quickly realize that there are multiple beaches.  One massively beautiful beach with rocky points on either side.  To the right the beach has an interesting rock outcrop, great for climbing over and an amazing place to sit and watch the sunset.  To the left the beach extends into the trees with a small channel of water.  Crossing the water is easy, then getting to the further beaches requires a bit of climbing, depending on the tides...

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

Radar Beach is a dirty, steep and treacherous, unmarked and unmaintained trail that leads to a beautiful and secluded set of beaches.  If you are game for a challenge and crave serenity then Radar Beach is your paradise.

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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 near Tofino?

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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