Hiking Near Ucluelet

I checked out of the hostel this morning and headed to nearby Ucluelet to hike the Wild Pacific Trail. Here’s a map that shows the Tofino and Ucluelet peninsulas well, including some of the hiking stops I made on my trip:

http://www.tofinotime.com/maps/tofino-map-long-beach-ucluelet.gif

There was nothing else to do in Ucluelet, and this was confirmed by the visitors’ centre. The detour wasn’t a waste of time, however, seeing as the Wild Pacific Trail was one of the most beautiful trails I have ever seen! It takes you through rain forest and along the water front, past gorgeous beaches and rocky shore. The contrasts in landscapes were inspiring.

The trail is an easy 2.5km loop that I think could be considered ‘accessible’ as it is entirely on a gravel path. There are some steep uphill and downhill sections, but I’d consider the trail a ‘stroll’ rather than a ‘hike.’

I headed home around noon and pulled in around 3, driving straight through. It’s been a great weekend!

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Remains of a plank road; people actually drove vehicles on these!

Remains of a plank road; people actually drove vehicles on these!

Remains of a plank road; people actually drove vehicles on these!

Remains of a plank road; people actually drove vehicles on these!

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The 'Graveyard of the Pacific'

The ‘Graveyard of the Pacific’

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What's with the gate when...

What’s with the gate when…

anyone could just walk through the big hole?

anyone could just walk through the big hole?

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this has got to be the most gorgeous beach I have ever seen!

this has got to be the most gorgeous beach I have ever seen!

more remains of a plank road

more remains of a plank road

my car next to a palm tree :)

my car next to a palm tree 🙂

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The tiny Ucluelet Aquarium (opening for the summer season on March 6)

The tiny Ucluelet Aquarium (opening for the summer season on March 6)

Overkill computer system for guests to check their email at the Ucluelet Visitors' Centre.

Overkill computer system for guests to check their email at the Ucluelet Visitors’ Centre.

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