Pacific Rim National Park
Central west coast of Vancouver IslandFrom Victoria: Hwys. 1 and 19 to Parksville, then Hwy. 4 westwards via Port Alberni to Tofino or Ucluelet.The best known part of Pacific Rim National Park is the Long Beach section which begins a few kilometers/miles south-east of Tofino. Here on the superb long sandy beaches massive piles of driftwood testify to the violence of the ocean waves.
Around Tofino there are magnificent beaches of fine sand, Long Beach included, where in summer it is possible to bathe.Long Beach is the most popular beach and attracts the most visitors. The Long Beach unit encompasses 13,715-hectares and includes coves, bays, and offshore islets.
West Coast Trail
Until the beginning of this century Canada's stormy Pacific coast with its treacherous shallows and rocky headlands was known to sailors as the "graveyard of the Pacific"; a great many ships were lost in storms and fog. To give survivors a means of escape from this otherwise impassably rocky coastline backed by impenetrable rain forest, a primitive trail was opened in 1906, following the route of the telegraph lines laid in 1890 between the various lighthouses. About 40 years ago, having lost its raison d'àtre with the advent of modern navigational aids, communications and aircraft, the trail was allowed to lapse. In the 1960s however, the 6 to 10 day hike along the West Coast Trail was discovered by backpackers, and when the National Park was created the authorities set about restoring and extending the route. Throughout the summer Park Wardens now regularly patrol the 72 km / 45 mi trail, a richly rewarding but extremely arduous hike across challenging terrain. The trail is still only roughly marked out and the very basic campsites along the way have no sanitary facilities. Nor can any supplies be obtained. First Nations ferry hikers across two points - One at Gordon River in the South and at the Nitnaht Narrows, for a small fee; other rivers have to be waded or crossed by simple bridge or (in some cases) primitive cable-car. Good equipment and waterproof clothing are essential - it can be soaking wet or foggy and cool even in July and August. At Pachena Bay, 5 km / 3 mi south of Bamfield at the northern end of trail, there is an Information Center where maps are available. Hikers can begin the trail from the North at the Pachena Trailhead or in the South at Port Renfrew.
Broken Group Islands
The Broken Group Islands lie a short distance south-east of Ucluelet in the Barkley Sound, a multitude of characteristically densely wooded small islands and islets separated by a labyrinth of narrow channels. For the most part completely undeveloped they can be reached only by boat. There are eight campsites, with composting toiletsat all campsite, and a Park Warden on Nettle Island. This section of the Park is popular mainly with canoeists and kayakers and the more adventurous outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy camping in the wildest of the wilds. Ospreys are a common sight. Access from Port Alberni, Bamfield and Ucluelet.