Wild Pacific Trail Official website
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Photo: Storm watching deck
The Wild Pacific Trail located in the District of Ucluelet is a seven phase trail system skirting the rugged cliffs and shoreline of the westcoast of Vancouver Island. Overlooking Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands to the east and the open Pacific Ocean to the south and west, it offers spectacular shoreline panoramas and seaward vistas through ancient cedar and spruce-framed viewing platforms constructed on the best headlands along the route.
Hikers get an up-close-and-personal look at the ocean's fury while viewing from the protection of the trail itself.
Carefully hewn by hand through old-growth thickets of twisted trunks, limbs and roots, the trail is a natural treasure-house of forest treats, including untouched examples of gigantic nurse-logs, raised root systems, mosses, fungi, lichens and ferns - offering the photographer unique opportunities to capture close-up images of nature imitating art.
At all times the views along the ever-changing outer coast afforded by this route are breathtaking - sunset and sunrise are a must see. Storm-watching is a natural on this trail with many breath-taking views 20-30m above surge channels and outer reefs constantly pounded by ocean swells. During the annual gray whale migration (late February to late May), whales can be spotted not more than 5 km offshore of this location as well as sea lions, seals, mink and otter playing in the nearby surf. Click video below to view a one minute peak at the trail.
Start at the parking lot at the 0 km point, midway on Coast Guard Road. Walk through a short section of mossy rainforest to a trail on your right. This scenic path traces the edge of the coastline past dramatic views of Barkley Sound and Amphitrite Lighthouse. Stay on the coastline trail which will loop back to the parking lot. At the 2km marker you can take a side trip to Terrace Beach Interpretive Trail to see an ancient First Nations harvesting village site.
Please STAY ON THE TRAIL, venturing on the rocks can be deadly.
"The trail was spectacular !! We are a family of 4 from Ontario, and we absolutely enjoyed our 3 day stay at Ucluelet... It was a real treat to see a temperate rain forest, amazing views and massive trees"
John Gorniak, Ontario
have given a gift to everyone whose feet tread along the Wild
- now that's "life on the edge".
What a great
idea to have Ucluelet designated as "Home of the Wild Pacific
Trial". The trail deserves ALL the recognition it can get, because the
Ucluelet as a must see and do attraction. Way to go!
Many volunteers and sponsors have given their time and energy into making this trail nothing short of a National Treasure.
Phase 5-7 (planned)
Winter storm waves that shake the ground!
Sunrise from near the lighthouse
To make a Donation to the Wild Pacific Trail
please send cheque to Wild Pacific Trail Society, Box 572, Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0.
A tax receipt will be issued upon request. E-Mail .
The Wild Pacific Trail Society is using a TRAFx Counter to assess trail usage.
To learn more about TRAFx counters please visit www.trafx.netThe following businesses support and promote this special trail.
Please use the links below to plan your next visit to Ucluelet!
Galleries & Boutiques:
Services & retail:
Thank you to all our generous funders: the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the Creek Bed Foundation via Tides Canada, the National Trails Coalition, the Government of B.C., the District of Ucluelet, the Wild Pacific Trail Society and private land owners such as Ocean West. The Wild Pacific Trail began in 1999, with contributions from the Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Community Futures Development Corp., Interfor, and Weyerhaeuser Co. Ltd. Special thanks to the many local businesses and individuals who have generously volunteered time and materials to make this trail a reality. Ongoing support from west coast communities and visitors who enjoy this trail will ensure the completion of this outstanding project. This trail would not be possible without the support of the District of Ucluelet, private land owners, Ucluelet First Nations, Provincial and Federal governments.
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