Ucluelet’s Unforgettable Vacation Attraction for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Located in the District of Ucluelet, Wild Pacific Trail skirts the rugged cliffs and shoreline of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Overlooking Barclay Sound and the Broken Group Islands to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the south and west, the trail system offers spectacular shoreline panoramas and seaward vistas through ancient cedar and spruce framed platforms on headlands along the route. Divided into 3 sections – Lighthouse Loop, Big Beach and Brown’s Beach – the massive trail gives hikers unforgettable views of the ocean’s fury. The next phases will extend the trail to Half Moon Bay in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Hikers wander through old growth forests of massive trees, gigantic logs, twisted roots, mosses, fungi, lichens and ferns creating startling images of nature imitating art. The ever-changing outer coast offers intense views of storms above the surge channels and outer reefs pounded by ocean swells. During the gray whale migration from February through May, whales are spotted just offshore as well as sea lions, seals, and otters playing in the surf.
The Wild Pacific Trail is accessed right from the Black Rock Resort property! Ask guest service for a trail map before your hike.
Wild Pacific Trail Accommodations
Perched on the coastal headlands – steps from the Wild Pacific Trail – Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is a West Coast destination where comfort and natural tranquility blend in perfect harmony. Our Wild Pacific Trail Suites are separate accommodations from our Main Lodge- with direct access to the Wild Pacific Trail. With magical views of the ocean and rainforest, Black Rock offers nature lovers a window to Vancouver Island’s Wild Pacific Trail. Enjoy nature views from accommodations with balconies and fireplaces, outdoor pool and hot tubs overlooking the ocean, a fitness room and wonderful West Coast cuisine at Fetch Restaurant and Float Lounge. Host your special events and celebrations in the elegant Rainforest Ballroom. After you hike the Wild Pacific Trail, rejuvenate at Drift Spa or soak in the outdoor hot tubs. A perfect way to end an adventurous afternoon on the Wild Pacific Trail.
Wild Pacific Trail Sections
This 2.41 km section of the Wild Pacific Trail can be walked in a 30-45 minute loop. Hikers journey through a mossy rainforest to a scenic trail along the edge of the coastline past dramatic views of Barkley Sound, Amphitrite Lighthouse and the exposed coast. Viewpoints and benches are perfect for watching whales, birds or catching sunsets. The He-Tin-Kis Park trail also has stunning views with a short trail on a boardwalk path with stairs to rocky beaches.
Big Beach Section
Starting at the popular Big Beach recreational area, this very scenic 3-mile path winds along the coast and through the rainforest down to a several pebble beaches. Turn right up the stairs to the boardwalk overlook, cross the bridge over Marine Drive past Black Rock Resort to the beautiful coastline trail.
Brown’s Beach Section
Starting at the new parking lot just past Black Rock Resort on Marine Drive, hikers follow a short section of a forested trail to the 5.5 – 8.4 kmwilderness coastal trail. Take a scenic path right along the coastline for stunning ocean views, or walk a loop via the forested access trails to Forbes Road sports field or exit at the Pacific Rim Highway. Turn right to walk the bike path back to town.