PACIFIC RIM HIGHLIGHTS
1. PRIVATE SEAPLANE CHARTER TOUR
Experiencing a seaplane flight over the beautiful west coast of British Columbia is always a tremendous thrill. Pacific Seaplanes prides itself on providing our guests a safe and exceptional travel service with many wonderful memories.
Whether you are linking up to the West Coast Hiking Trail needing a pick-up or drop-off, visiting spectacular Tofino/Long Beach for sand and surf, sport fishing in famous Barkley Sound, or “going where no one has gone before”, a seaplane charter is a one of a kind experience.
2. WILD PACIFIC TRAIL - UCLUELET
A walk on the Wild Pacific Trail will weave itself into your soul, whether this is your first visit or a daily ritual.
This easy, family-friendly trail traces the edge of reefs where shipwrecks, whales and vistas abound. You will be enthralled by Vancouver Island’s dramatic beauty and helpful interpretive signs will enrich your visit to Ucluelet’s famous 9km trail network. A perfect destination for photographers, storm watchers, bird watchers and hikers of all abilities. Wheelchair access is available at the lighthouse area.
The trail can be walked in two main sections. Section one is a loop starting near the lighthouse (overlooking the Broken Group Islands of Pacific Rim National Park). Section two extends 5 km north from Big Beach Park. Then you can leave the wind-sculpted coastline to visit the largest trees in the area at Ancient Cedars grove. Breathe in the heady scent of a stand of trees over 800 years old!
- Lighthouse Loop ( 2.6 km loop) plus Terrace Beach Interpretive Trail (.5 km one way)
- Big Beach to Rocky Bluffs (5 km one way) plus Ancient Cedars Trail (1 km loop)
Many visitors travel from great distances to experience this spiritual retreat. It is no wonder that a multitude of languages can be heard as you stroll past frequent benches tucked into frequent viewpoints.
The entire trail enjoys a dense rainforest canopy providing a natural umbrella in any weather, so any time of year is a rewarding time to visit. Click here for a MAP to the trail.
3. BROKEN ISLANDS TOUR
The Broken Islands is a collection of 100 or so islands and islets popular for kayaking, boating, scuba diving and sailing . The Broken Islands are part of the Pacific Rim National Park. The communities with the best water access to the islands include Ucluelet, Bamfield and Port Alberni.
Access to the Broken islands is typically with one of the local tour groups. Boating and kayaking tour groups provide interpretive guides, lessons, equipment and, some packages, include accommodations and meals.
The Broken Islands are mostly uninhabited. Many islands include sandy beaches, virgin forests, caves, cliffs and plenty of marine wildlife. Exploring within the inner boundaries of the Broken Islands group is the safest providing protection from winds and waves.
Many top kayaking, scuba diving, boating and adventure magazines recognize the islands as a top adventure destination in British Columbia, Canada. Some of the more popular islands in the group include Turtle Island, Effingham Island, Gibraltar Island, Hand Island, Willis Island, Clarke Island and Gilbert Island.
Torquart Bay, east of Ucluelet, is considered one of the safer launching points for accessing the Broken Islands. The 4 kilometre route travels through mostly protected waters away from high winds and ocean swells.
4. LONG BEACH - TOFINO
A popular tourist destination in the summer, Tofino's population swells to many times its winter size. It attracts surfers, nature lovers, bird watchers, campers, whale watchers, fishermen, or anyone just looking to be close to nature. In the winter it is not as bustling, although many people visit Tofino and the west coast to watch storms on the water. Close to Tofino is Long Beach, a scenic and popular year-round destination, at the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. With its natural hot springs, Maquinna Marine Provincial Park is a popular day-trip destination for tourists. Reachable by boat or float plane, the Park is located about 45 kilometres (28 mi) north of Tofino.