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Backed by the Vancouver Island Range and facing the open Pacific Ocean, Pacific Rim presents the rich natural and cultural heritage of Canada's west coast. Its cool and wet maritime climate produces an abundance of life in the water and on land. Lush coastal temperate rainforest gives way to bountiful and diverse intertidal and subtidal areas. These natural wonders are interwoven with the long and dynamic history of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and European explorers and settlers.

A very beautiful trail but weather dependant on the experience you have. My experience was a damp , rushed one. Did a 6 night trek thinking it would be a nice relaxing experience but ended up missing a tide and having a bear encounter.
Only had 7 hours of sun the whole trip. From day 1 where it was a downpour my boots and hiking gear was soaked. Was never able to get my boots or hiking gear dry even when making a fire.
Although a popular trail it is sill very wild. Had one scary bear encounter and then saw 5 other bears at a safe distance.
Tips - know your tides!!
- bring bear spray
- waterproof everything
- bring tarp
- wear gaitors

Fantastic trail but can be very challenging if the weather is not on your side.

Depending on the time of year be prepared to get knee deep in mud! It's a fairly easy trail with little incline. My dog loved swimming through the mud - my vehicle however disagreed! It's a really fascinating hike, when we got to the bomber we climbed up it and ate sandwiches appreciating the fact the everyone managed to survive the crash despite how mangled the plane is. Really worth taking a couple hours to do.

hiking
13 days ago

Not strenuous, but an absolute stunner. Combination on old cedar forest, stream valleys and the finale at schooner cove beach. All in 2km roundtrip.

Weather dependent hike. Beautiful in all conditions but rain takes away from the overall experience.
Loved the trail despite having some rain every day. Poor weather meant we did not pause to enjoy the stunning scenery as much as we would have liked.
Wet/damp conditions provided for slippery conditions at times. Hiking pole/poles advised.
Not a difficult trail, actually a very beautiful walk.
We did the trail in 3 1/2 days but only as we did not take our time to properly enjoy.

Wonderful rainforest, only drawback is the traffic noise pollution along some parts of the trail, due to the proximity to Highway 4.

We completed in 5 nights and 6 days with relatively dry conditions. Careful attention to tides tables when planning your itinerary will maximize beach time and some unique sights. Hiked late August. Very chilly and damp in the evenings. Often foggy during the day. Crab shack at Nitinat a place to linger for the company and the freshest crab you'll ever eat! Bring $.

we were lucky that the trail was dry when we went, still quite muddy though. not very well marked, lots of other trails running through it but we followed the orange/pink tape, found our way easily. easy hike, well worth it! it was neat to see a part of history!

hiking
22 days ago

Fun and challenging hike. The first, flat section of the trail was boggy so be prepared to sink into some mud if it's rained recently! Definitely happy I was wearing boots and not trail runners. Make sure you go on a clear day!

on South Beach Trail

hiking
22 days ago

We had a wonderful hike on this trail. It is short and well kept. On our way back we saw a young female black bear with a cub. Of course that was special! Nature here is just amazing!

on South Beach Trail

hiking
22 days ago

A well kept trail with beautiful nature and wonderful sights. it is a deep beach. One of the many trails at Pacific Rim Park

This trail did not disappoint! Completed the North to South route in 6 days/5nights.The terrain was challenging, and I often had to remind myself to look up and around at what the forest or beach was showing. Our group was lucky with no rain. There were rumours that this was one of the driest years. I can't wait to go back and hike South to North to compare the difference.

We did both loops with our kids, stopping along the way to read the signs and learn more about the rainforest. Such a beautiful environment. The boardwalks are fantastic...many steps but very doable for active families.

Beautiful nature!

Fantastic trail! Just came off the trail (August 15). The most physically challenging trip ever. Beautiful scenery, great campsites a couple of great spots to grab non freeze dried meals and lots of great people hiking the trail. Did the trip from North to South in 7 days. Right call as your pack gets lighter before you hit the last tough 5 km stretch. Also didn’t feel rushed and you can take your time to enjoy your environment.

1 month ago

Walk through beautiful moss covered forest down to gorgeous beach. All along wooden boardwalks / steps.

1 month ago

Great hike. Amazing views and old growth cedar forests. It’s well marked, but lots of roots, trees, and rocks to climb over. Getting down is as tough as going up. This hike Is much more on the “hard” end of the scale, and can be quite challenging esp above 300m elevation. You’re asked to pay $10 per hiker at the camp steward station. Well worth it though.

Have done this trail twice, North to South both times. 2012 with 7 days of sunshine and 2016 with the first 5 of 7 days of rain. Makes no difference to the trail, always lots of mud. This trail is everything they say it is and much worse and at the same time, everything they say it is and much better. One of the most wonderful hikes I've been on. Planning to do it again in 2020.

Everything I hoped it would be; and more!!

An amazing adventure! We lucked out with great weather - no rain! I can only imagine how much more difficult it would be in cool wet weather as I will not be going back to find out! Off the bucket list now. Proud to have done it!

hiking
1 month ago

A “must do” if visiting Tofino. Lots of stairs and a narrow wooden pathway. Not for anyone who struggles physically

A 75km temple.

hiking
2 months ago

Mud gets really thick at some points and becomes difficult to maneuver about halfway in... Got one leg stuck, after that didn’t really care much about keeping clean, so prepare to get a little messy

walking
2 months ago

Beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is absolutely stunning and great for kids. We did both loops with our little one in a baby carrier. Lots of steps but the boardwalk makes the hike easy as pie. Nice and calm beautiful walk for our family

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was AWESOME. I was skeptical about it being a little much for my wife hiking with our little one in a carrier but the trail was not sketchy at all. Boardwalk the entire way through the rainforest, to then opening up to a gorgeous stretch of pacific beach. I think we just lucked out with timing because the tide seemed low so we were able to hike out to one of the little islands you could tell is surrounded by water when the tide is in. But even if you were to hike this trail during high tide you are totally safe on the trail itself. Just don’t wander too far on to the beach at the end, that’s where you need to be considerate of tide danger.

Challenging yet beautiful. Wildlife. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean. Be prepared. This might not be the right choice for those scared of heights.

Love the expanse of this beach

3 months ago

I packed thus trail from 6/3 to 6/9 2018
I'm 71 years old. I used every joint in my body. I've packed the Serrias and the Lost Coast. This is by far the most challenging pack I've done. you have to be prepared to crawl over rocks roots downed trees boulders. Then go through mud that sucks at your boots.
It was the first time I've used all my packing skills getting from one camp to another. This pack should be on anyone's to do list if they think they are a Backpacker...

A few have run it in 10 hours.

amazing Oceanside trail steeped in history. hard to get reservations for

hiking
3 months ago

awesome historical distination. passed by a big round hole full of water (where the plane's munitions were blown up). VERY boggy trail, follow the ropes

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