Tofino Beaches|Pacific Rim Beaches|Ucluelet Beaches

Ucluelet Beaches:

While nearby 16km sandy Long Beach on Vancouver Island's west coast is the region's most famous, the unique beaches of Ucluelet and the southern peninsula are great for hikes, beachcombing and picnics, photographers and storm watching! Many of Ucluelet's beaches have access to the Wild Pacific Trail, with its incredible views of ocean, temperate rainforest and the many reefs and islands.


Big Beach

Located a short walk from town at the foot of Matterson DriveThis Beach faces west and makes way for glorious sunsets! Big Beach is a fantastic spot to watch pounding surf, or to have a picnic, or to enjoy a great book!


Little Beach

Little Beach is located along the stretch of Wild Pacific Trail. Little Beach is south of Big Beach, just minutes from town, it is a quaint private little beach, kayakers launch from little beach a lot of the time.

Terrace Beach

Terrace Beach is located in He Tin Kis Park, Just a few short minutes from Little Beach.


Fletchers Beach

Fletchers Beach is a pretty, secluded beach a few kilometers north of town. The trail to the beach is located on the west side of the highway across from Fletchers Cove. From the highway this Ucluelet beach is a 15 minute walk. Fletchers Beach is a great place to have some rest and relaxation in a secluded area, which offers great views, with a back drop of temperate rainforest!


Halfmoon Bay/Florencia/Wreck Beach

Located in Pacific Rim National Park, these three beaches are worth checking out. They are about 2km south of the Tofino-Ucluelet junction. Coming from Ucluelet turn left on Willowbrae Road, and the parking lot and trailhead are at the end of the road. It is about a 20-minute trek to the fork for either Half Moon Bay or Florencia/Wreck Beach.


Halfmoon Bay is secluded with a sandy, steep beach which is best visited at low tide. Then you'll see many tidal pools where inter-tidal life abounds. To reach the tide pools, walk to the left at the end of the stairs to the rocks along the edge of the cove.


Florencia/Wreck Beach is a 5-kilometer long beach with another access at the north end via Wick Road. Florencia and Wreck beaches are favorites of local surfers. You'll need to watch for tides on this beach as well, with the best time to visit at low tide. Long Beach, Vancouver Island's iconic beach, is located in Wickaninnish Bay, just to the north of Florencia Bay.



Tofino Beaches & Pacific Rim Park Beaches


Cox Bay
 popular with surfers, Cox bay is a small bay which attracts storm watchers and nature lovers. Access to Cox Bay is through campsite, or through Pacific Sands Resort.

Long Beach
This long stretch of sand is a must see on your Trip to Pacific Rim Park!

Radar Beach
Radar Beach becomes quite fierce with pounding surf, a great place to view storms!

Tonquin Beach
A short boardwalk pathway leads to this sandy beach tucked away on the northern side of the Tofino Village. A great hide away beach to escape the crowds!

Chesterman Beach

One of the most sought after Beaches in Tofino, tourists come from all around the globe to stay on and enjoy the sun, surf and views of Chesterman Beach            


Storm Watching

Nov-Feb is the best time to witness the forces of Mother Nature here on the West Coast!

Take a break from your winter skiing trip to experience the raw power of the mighty Pacific Ocean as ferocious waves roll in from Japan and pound the shores of the rugged west coast - nature in all its fierce majesty!

When the storm has passed, you'll be rewarded with peaceful strolls along cool, deserted beaches - a good time for beachcombing for washed-up treasures. Make the best of these La Nina seasons by creating opportunities to witness some spectacular weather.

List of some Tofino top Storm Watching Spots:


  • 1. Wickaninnish Beach
    Located at the south end of Long Beach within the Pacific Rim National Park, this spot offers some of the largest swells and concentration of driftwood in the water.
  • 2. Second Bay
    To get to this spot you follow the trail that leads from behind the Wickaninnish Interpretive Center. This small pebble beach gets large swells funneled into it from outer rocks and islands
  • 3. Long Beach
    For the biggest of panoramic views there is no beating long beach. Miles and miles of rolling swells can be seen crashing over offshore islands and rocks.
  • 4. Cox Bay
    known to be a focal point for most direction of swells, this spot gets the biggest and most powerful waves.
  • 5. Chesterman Beach
    This residential beach, dotted with B&B's gives the most varied of views. You can watch massive rollers enter the mouth of Cox Bay, towering wave's crash onto Frank Island or steep breaking wave faces with the lighthouse in the background.