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Tofino Hiking Guide August

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August Guide - Tofino, Ucluelet & Clayoquot Sound


August continues with beautiful and comparatively hot weather.  Average high and low temperatures for Tofino and Ucluelet in August are 19c to 10c.  Pacific Rim Park is a frenzy of activity and for a good reason.  The beaches are amazing.  Endless perfect sand and the crashing wild Pacific Ocean always in view.  What makes this part of the world special are the enormous trees and massive forests that tower from every shoreline.  You will likely encounter rain in August, but rain keeps this Florencia Bay - Tofino & Pacific Rim Park Trailsamazing BC Coastal Rainforest thriving.  Florencia Bay, named after the ship that was wrecked here in 1861 is certainly one of the most amazing places in the world.  Just a short, 1 kilometre (.62 mile) walk to the beach you descend down a wonderfully sketchy tangle of wooden stairs onto a fantastic, wild and secluded feeling Canadian beach.  Florencia Bay seems to have it all.  Gorgeous, sandy beach.  Excellent waves for surfing.  An absurdly wild jungle forest that spills over the beach alive with colour.  It has to be explored to be appreciated.  The 5 kilometre bay cuts a wide arch, often with abrupt cliffs just off the beach.  Flores Island and Wild Side Trail Near TofinoFlores Island Provincial Park is located just a 40 minute water taxi ($20 scheduled or $25 on demand) ride away.  This beautiful, remote and wild feeling island is a popular beach camping destination, relatively close to Tofino.  Some of the beautiful beaches have excellent vantage points for whale watching as Gray whales pass here on their annual migration between Alaska and Clayoquot Plateau Provincial Park Near TofinoCalifornia.  Fishing and kayaking are very popular in this park as well.  The park has no fees for hiking or camping but to walk the Wild Side Trail you have to pay an alarming $25/person as it is maintained by the local Ahousaht First NationsClayoquot Plateau Provincial Park is a vast wilderness with trails ranging from decent to awful.  Mud, creek crossings, late season snow, bushwhacking and trail-finding are all part of the hiking experience here.  Located at the base of Sutton Pass this wild park is not recommended for afternoon hikers.  There are some undeveloped trails, but most people hike through this beautiful, deep forest park without using well defined trails. A Walk in the Forest Trail - August Trails Guide Clayoquot Plateau Provincial Park's highlights are its ruggedness and remoteness.  Its untouched forests of Sitka Spruce, Hemlock and huge Cedars, and its abundant cave system bring both adventurers and scholars.  Closer to Tofino at Kennedy Lake you will find Rainbow Beach.  There is a large and well designed boardwalk that winds through the old growth forest here that makes Cathedral Grove look trifling by comparison.  The proper access to Rainbow Vargus Island - August Trails GuideBeach is not really from walking along the beach from Redneck Beach, but from its own trailhead.  About 500 metres back from the Kennedy Lake bridge you will have passed a clearing on your left with an outhouse.  If you park here and look in the opposite direction to the outhouse you will see a small trail and beautiful boardwalk.  This boardwalk follows an impressive circle route through the forest and links up with Rainbow Beach.   Vargas Island Provincial Park is a popular Kayak camping destination due to its wonderful location close to Tofino.  It has wonderful, wilderness camping for Virgin Falls Near Tofino and Uclueletfree 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.  At 53 metres, Virgin Falls is quite an impressive sight.  You walk through the short, two minute hiking trail to reach it and suddenly the massive falls come into view.  Virgin Falls is located in a beautiful oasis it has created.  A large, ice cold and crystal clear pool with pebble rocks and waterfall battered logs that flows out in a large, meandering stream through the trees.

Radar Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Near Tofino

Radar Beach in Tofino - August Trails Guide


Radar Beach is one of the countless 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 Trail Rope SectionRadar Beach does not.  And hopefully never will.  This difficult trail ensures Radar Beach as a secluded paradise in the midst of the sometimes less than secluded, nearby beaches.

The 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 Radar Beach in Pacific Rim Park, Tofinoyou'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.

The further you walk, the more beaches you discover.  But also, the more difficult they become to get to.  The steep points of land jutting into the ocean rise steeply and are thick with sharp foliage and keep out the less determined wanderers.  A sign just inside the trailhead indicates no camping at Radar Beach, but if you were to, one of these further beaches would be ideal.  Even more remote than this already remote place and spectacularly beautiful.

Make sure to take a look at Radar Hill as well as the Radar Beaches.  It's a quick and easy walk from your car to the top of Radar Hill and the views are great.   Definitely one of the few places in Tofino where you can see above the forest see where you are.  Click the image below to see and aerial view from Radar Hill.

Aerial View of Radar Hill

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