Al was quizzing the tourist office on this “really cool trail full of boardwalks that was supposed to be in Ucluelet”.
The only place they could think of that had boardwalks was the Rainforest Trail in the Pacific Rim Park, about halfway between Ucluelet and Tofino.
The trail runs on both sides of the highway, on a series of boardwalks that wind their way through giant first-growth trees dripping with moss, elevated above the permanently wet earth. The walkway designers got creative in finding ways to run the boardwalk around the giant cedars. A lovely landing. It was sunny the day we were there, but this would have provided a ‘sun’ on days when the ‘rain’ forest lived up to its name. Going down. Nurse logs setting themselves up for future trees. The soggy ground is dense with ferns. Big tree festooned with moss and ferns.Map of Vancouver Island with Tofino and Ucluelet on either side of the Pacific Rim National Park. You can get there via Hwy 4 running from near Qualicum beach.
- Tofino, a Small Paradise on Vancouver Island
- Tonquin Trail, Leading Down to the Ocean in Tofino. This is listed as one of the best place s to watch the sun set in the long summer evenings. But pack a flashlight or headlamp. There is no lighting on the trail and it can get impossibly dark after sunset.
- Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park – Layers of Sand, Water and Light
- Ucluelet, a Transitioning Fishing Village
- The Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet. There are two trails here, a 8.8 km trail along the ocean and a 2.6 km loop trail to a small lighthouse.
- Long Beach in the 50s.
- From the web site Tofino Hiking, a map of all the hiking trails in the area with distance and elevation gains: https://www.tofinohiking.com/hikes/
- More on Travelling around BC.