Wild Pacific Trail, Vancouver Island

Hike the spectacular Wild Pacific Trail which winds along the West Coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet, British Columbia. At kilometre zero hikers can spot the unique Wild Pacific Trail sign which marks the start of the hike. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

At kilometre zero, hikers can see this unique driftwood sign which welcomes visitors the spectacular Wild Pacific Trail.





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Camera, Binoculars, Drink, Warm Clothes, Hiking Boots, Bird Book, Plant Identification Book, Waterproof Clothing

Wrapping along Ucluelet's West Coast, the Wild Pacific Trail spans 8.4 kilometres along the rocky shoreline and coastal temperate rain forests and overlooks Barkley Sound, the Broken Group Islands and the Pacific Ocean. Split into three sections - Lighthouse Loop, Big Beach and Brown Beach and Artists Loop - the Wild Pacific Trail offers hikers the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Vancouver Island's rugged coastline. From the shore to the cliffs, Ucluelet's Wild Pacific Trail offers a variety of sights and sounds to enjoy from storm watching to sunsets to exploring tide pools at low tide and even whale watching!

Vancouver Island's West Coast offers spectacular views along its distinct rugged shoreline where forest and Ocean meet at the edge of the Pacific. Situated on the western edge of Ucluelet, hikers can explore the Wild Pacific Trail which spans a wide range of ecosystems from ocean to tidal zone to beach to rocky shore to bog and to coastal temperate rain forests.

The Wild Pacific Trail was envisioned and initiated by Ucluelet's 'Oyster Jim' Martin and work began on the trail in 1999. It continues to be an ongoing work in progress with plans to extend the trail north west 14 kilometres to Half Moon Bay in Pacific Rim National Park. Only hikers are permitted on the trails as no bicycles, horses or motorized vehicles are allowed. The Wild Pacific Trail (trail map) is broken into three sections:

  • LIGHTHOUSE LOOP | Kilometre 0.0 - 2.6 | The loop trail takes hikers past inlets, rocky beaches, mossy temperate rain forests, the Amphitrite Lighthouse and offers views of Barkley Sound and the Pacific Ocean.
  • BIG BEACH: | Kilometre 4.5 - 5.5 | During low tide hikers can stroll along Big Beach, peering into tide pools and during high tide, the boardwalk and bridges offer spectacular views.
  • BROWN BEACH AND ARTISTS LOOP | Kilometre 5.5 - 8.4 | This section of trail offers two viewing platforms perfect for storm watching and five painters perches (canopy platforms) perched high above the coastline.

It is important for hikers to stay on the marked trail to prevent damage to the fragile environment. New improvements and trail additions continue to make the Wild Pacific Trail Ucluelet's most popular hiking destinations. Explore Vancouver Island's spectacular shoreline and take in its breathtaking views from the Wild Pacific Trail!

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Hike along Vancouver Islands coastal shoreline along the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, British Columbia which spans several of kilometres alongside the Pacific Ocean.
The three trails which compose of Vancouver Island's Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, British Columbia lead hikers along the rocky shoreline and through the forests which compose of this Oceanside locale.
Peek through the trees and across the rocky shoreline to see small inlets and beaches carved into the coastline of Ucluelet, British Columbia, alongside the Wild Pacific Trail.
See spectacular views on Vancouver Island's West Coast along the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, British Columbia, which encompasses 8.4 kilometres of trails which looks onto rocky shores, forests and the Pacific Ocean.
See Vancouver Island's spectacular West Coast along Ucluelet, British Columbia's West Coast Trail. Follow the trail markers which pass along forests, rocky shorelines and lighthouses.
The shore of Vancouver Island's West Coast is constantly battered by storms and high winds rolling in from the Pacific Ocean creating windswept landscape which can be seen along the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, British Columbia.
Walk along the 2.6 kilometre Lighthouse Loop section of the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, British Columbia, and see views of Amphitrite Lighthouse along with windswept forests, rocky shorelines and spectacular views.

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The Wild Pacific Trail is composed of three sections located on the western edge of Ucluelet.

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