Grice Bay Tofino & Ucluelet Beaches and Hiking Trails
Grice 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.
Driving Directions to Grice Bay Tofino & Ucluelet Area Hiking
Grice bay is easy to find. Heading out of Tofino on the Pacific Rim Highway, the well marked turnoff is 20 minutes from Tofino on your left, or 40 minutes from Ucluelet on your right. From the turnoff, you simply drive to the dead end, less than five minutes from the highway turnoff.
Other Hiking Trails and Beaches Near Grice Bay:
Radar Hill Trail - nice distance views, 5 minutes to views
Chesterman Beach - nice locals beach, 3 minute walk to the beach
Long Beach - spectacular beach, quick access from parking