Hiking on the Wild Pacific Trail Vancouver Island

Wild Pacific Trail

Hiking on the Wild Pacific Trail on Vancouver Island

We will experience one of the most beautiful hiking trails on Canada's west coast on the Wild Pacific Trail Lighthouse Loop on Vancouver Island in April of this year. We actually chose this time of year because we wanted to experience one of the notorious storms on the Pacific Rim. Instead, the weather gods give us a stay full of sun and wonderful weather. There was no trace of the famous storms on Vancouver Island's West Coast! Well, that was definitely not the last time that we visited this wonderful piece of earth. And so we take advantage of the hour for a hike on the southernmost part of the hiking trail, which stretches - in sections - between Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim National Park. The Wild Pacific Trail is an experience not to be missed on a trip to Vancouver Island. Map


The Lighthouse Loop, a section of the Wild Pacific Trail

It is planned that it will take up the entire length between the fishing village and the national park. At the moment there are some sections, each of which is more beautiful than the other. Since I love lighthouses, we choose the section that starts south of Ucluelet and leads past the Amphitrite Lighthouse through the coastal rainforest and always offers wonderful views of the cliffs, the Broken Islands and the Barkley Sound. This part of the hiking trail is only two and a half kilometers long, for which we take a good hour - some will say a lot. Not enough, we say, because the wonderful views along the way invite you to pause and be amazed, but above all to enjoy. Another advantage of this section of the Wild Pacific Trail is that it is a circular route. It starts and ends at a parking lot where you can easily park your car.


Wild Pacific Trail
The Wild Pacific Trail Lighthouse Loop

Hike on the Lighthouse Loop Trail

Cozy leads the well-maintained path in a circle through a forest area. Most of the time we walk along the edge of the forest with ever-changing views of cliffs, wild surf and offshore islands. In between, there are small lookouts, sometimes with, sometimes without a bank, from which you can enjoy the wild coast even better. In some places I like it so much that I would like to spend the whole day here.


Ucluelet Lighthouse on the Wild Pacific Trail
Ucluelet Lighthouse on The Wild Pacific Trail Lighthouse Loop

The Broken Island Group from the Wild Pacific Trail

In the southern part of the hiking trail there are views of the Broken Island Group. Behind it we see the mountains that extend south on the west side of Vancouver Island. This region cannot be reached by road. The only means of transport that get there are seaplanes or chartered boats. Alternatively, you can hike along the coast along the rugged West Coast Trail. However, this demands the utmost from hikers. You are on the road for several days. Climb over stick and stone. Uses shaky cable cars that you operate on your own to cross deep gorges. Spend the night in the wild. An adventure for anyone looking for a wilderness experience.


The Broken island Group
Broken Island Group


A hiking trail for connoisseurs

The Wild Pacific Trail is completely different: this hiking trail is a well-developed path that runs along the coast. Sections cross the coastal rainforest. Here the hiker experiences the nature of the West Coast up close - but in a tame way. Another advantage of the Wild Pacific Trail is that it is accessible to everyone at all times. In contrast to the West Coast Trail. If you want to hike this, you have to register. Because on the route through the wilderness only a certain number of hikers are allowed per day. Registration also ensures that those who embark on this adventure will log out after the adventure ends. In this way, the authority keeps an overview that all hikers arrive safely at their destination. Actions like this are not required on the Wild Pacific Trail.


Coastal rainforest
Coastal rainforest

The coastal rainforest on the Wild Pacific Trail

Sections of the Lighthouse Loop run through the coastal rainforest. Here, too, the Wild Pacific Trail offers an easy option to get to know the typical flora of the region. The paths are well maintained and easy to walk. In the Pacific Rim National Park a few kilometers further north there are also paths that lead into the coastal rainforest. However, these are more difficult to master than the Wild Pacific Trail. As you climb and hike across boardwalks through the harsh world of forests, the Wild Pacific Trail path is an easy trail that contains only a few easy climbs. This makes it easy for most hikers to master.



The Wild Pacific Trail offers hiking for slow travelers

Unlike the West Coast Trail, which begins on the other side of the estuary and stretches south on adventurous trails on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the Wild Pacific Trail also allows inexperienced hikers to experience the beautiful nature of the Pacific Rim up close. This path can be mastered without climbing sections, gorges and rock crossings. You should only bring enough time and leisure to enjoy the scenic beauty of this nature intensively. Take it especially in spring and autumn when the Gray whales on the coast passing by, enough time, you can maybe even watch the whales from the coast.


The second section of the Wild Pacific Trail at Ucluelet

The second section of the Wild Pacific Trail starts at the Black Rock Resort's car park and winds its way along the coast for about three kilometers. Again, there are lookout points that offer the best views. However, you have to go back this section again, as this piece is not a circular route, as in the southern section.


What needs to be in the in your suitcase?

  • Pack matching ones walking boots a
  • A rain jacket you should have with you. The Pacific Rim has a maritime climate, which means it rains regularly.
  • A backpack serves you well on a trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island. There are many hiking trails, and also on a beach hike on Long Beach is it practical.
  • In our hiking checklist you will find everything you need for hikes.
  • Forget yours Camera Not. The coast at the Pacific Rim is breathtakingly beautiful and offers many photo opportunities.


A hike on the Wild Pacific Trail should definitely be part of every visit to the Pacific Rim, because there is hardly a better place to experience the great nature of this region. It's easy to put in one Road trip through Vancouver Island plan on.

Travel Arrangements:

Getting there

Book yours here Arrival by plane, bus or train*. The nearest airport is in Tofino. International flights land in Vancouver. From there you can take a rental car or a Caravan drive to Tofino. Then you should plan 2-3 days for the journey.

Rental car

A Car * you can rent at the airport in Vancouver. You should know that landslides occur on the Pacific Rim road after long rains.

Find more Slow Travel Tips here.


Wild Pacific Trail Ucluelet
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Source: own research on site with the kind support of Tourism British Columbia and Tourism Tofino. Our opinion remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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Hiking on the Wild Pacific Trail Vancouver Island
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