Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
A Local Must-See During Your Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Getaway
Edged by the Insular Mountain Range of Vancouver Island, British Columbia and the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is one of Canada’s natural and cultural treasures. From the majestic coastal mountains to the lush ancient rainforest to the rugged Pacific Coast, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve offers a myriad of natural beauty, diverse landscapes, dynamic history and adventure that captivates your spirit. Encompassing 317 square miles of land and sea on the south-west coast of Vancouver Island on the outskirts of Ucluelet, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is made up of three separate regions – Long Beach, Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail – where natural wonders are woven with the legacy of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.
Vancouver Island Hotel on the Edge of Pacific Rim National Park
Sitting on a rocky headland on Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is a captivating destination 2 miles from the wild majesty of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. With breathtaking views of the ocean and rainforest, Black Rock offers nature lovers a front row seat Vancouver Island’s stunning west coast. Enjoy spacious suites with balconies and fireplaces, ocean facing hot tubs, a fitness room and delectable West Coast cuisine at Fetch Restaurant and Float Lounge. Rejuvenate your senses at Drift Spa, enjoy wine tasting in the Wine Cellar, and host celebrations and events in the elegant Rainforest Ballroom. Escape to Black Rock Oceanfront Resort – set in nature, designed for comfort.
Explore Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Explore the magnificent seashore with miles of winding coastal trails and pristine sandy beaches. Feel sand between your toes, see eagles soaring overhead and marvel at the ocean stretching to the horizon. Ramble over headlands, gaze at life in the tide pools, and watch the fury of the sea against the rocks. Experience a vast rainforest of twisted trees, vivid green moss hanging from towering Sitka spruce, and arching ferns. The Pacific Rim offers an abundance of marine and land activities, including fishing, birding, hiking, cycling, kayaking, and whale watching. Take a voyage to the Broken Group Islands, hike through rainforests and long scenic beaches, and bike along the Pacific Rim Highway.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Regions
Long Beach Unit
Stretching the coast from Tofino to Ucluelet, the Long Beach Region is a magical destination for outdoor adventures – from fishing to kayaking to whale watching. The area features the sands of Long Beach, 7.5 miles of trails that run through the shoreline, intertidal areas, bogs and temperate rainforest, Green Point, Florencia and Wreck Beach, Wickaninnish Beach and Wickaninnish Beach Interpretive Centre with a theatre and exhibits on native wildlife, plants, culture, and history.
Broken Group Islands Unit
An archipelago of over a hundred islands and rocks throughout Barkley Sound, Broken Group Islands is a boating and kayaking paradise. Explore dozens of waterways, channels, sheltered coves and bays that reveal breathtaking scenery and wildlife. Accessible only by boat, this fantastic destination is a haven for boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing and whale, seal and sea lion watching. Enjoy guided tours and activities for boundless adventure.
West Coast Trail
The 47-mile West Coast Trail follows the southwest coast of Vancouver Island from Port Renfrew to Bamfield. Named the best hike in the world by BestHike.com, the rugged trail winds through a challenging terrain of sandy and rocky beaches, rainforest, bogs, deep mud, high ladders, surge channels and headlands, where cliffs descend into the sea. Hikers pass old growth trees, tall waterfalls, streams and exposed shelf and boulders. Hikers enjoy stunning views of Pacific Ocean, Olympic Peninsula and Carmanah Lighthouse. To cross rivers and streams, hikers ride cable cars, trek over fallen logs or pass by boat. Access sections of the trail by the trail bus, water taxi and float plane.
Wild Pacific Trail
Ucluelet Unforgettable Vacation Attraction For Outdoor Enthusiasts
Located in the District of Ucluelet, the 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 4 sections – Lighthouse Loop, Big Beach, Brown’s Beach and Ancient Cedars – 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 Oceanfront Resort property! Ask guest service for a trail map before your hike.
Wild Pacific Trail Sections
Trail maps are available from guest services. Maps can also be found at trail heads and on the website.
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.