Activities and attractions on the Pacific Rim


Clayoquot Sound - Kayaking

Long Beach - Surfing

Meares Island - Big Tree Trail

Wick Interpretive Centre

Pacific Rim Whale Festival

Broken Island Group

Barclay Sound

Pacific Rim National Park

Botanical Gardens

Hot Springs Cove

Amphrite Point Lighthouse

Chesterman Beach


Hot Springs Cove



Hot Springs Cove is located in Maquinna Provincial Marine Park at the remote northern end of Clayoquot Sound, north of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Twenty-seven nautical miles north west of Tofino sits the picturesque Hot Springs Cove, home of the Hesquiat people and the Maquinna Provincial Park. Unique to this location is the natural hot spring that bubbles up from a crack in the earth near the mouth of the bay. The simmering sulfur water flows as a gentle brook and then cascades as a waterfall into 5 interconnected natural pools that descend into the sea. At higher tides the waves of the Pacific lap into the hot springs pools creating the incredible meeting of the cold ocean waters and the magma heated spring.


Getting there...


Getting from Tofino to Hot Springs cove itself is half the fun. A number of different operators in Tofino offer transportation via water or air. Most of these trips usually include whale-watching / bird watching and other eco-interpretive activities. Once in the bay it's a 30-minute hike along a cedar board walk through old growth temperate rainforest to get to the hot springs.


Hesquiat Harbor/Cougar Annie's Garden


Hesquiat Peninsula Provincial Park is situated on the west coast of Vancouver Island and occupies most of the eastern shore of Nootka Sound. This park is a significant tourism corridor for coastal hiking, boating and sea kayaking and is home to the heritage attraction known as Cougar Annie's Garden.

In 1915, the pioneer settler known as Cougar Annie arrived on the west coast in Hesquiat Harbour and homesteaded on this wilderness property. She bore 8 of her 11 children here, outlasted 4 husbands and carved a magnificent, magical garden out of five acres of this thick and foreboding rainforest. This garden is now one of British Columbia's premier heritage gardens and tours can be arranged at Boat Basin. During the early years of this century, pre-emptions of land were commonplace on the west coast. In Clayoquot Sound only one wilderness homestead has endured. This is the homestead of Ada Annie Arthur, well known on the coast as 'Cougar Annie's Garden'.

Tours depart from Tofino; enjoy a wonderful boat tour through the inlets of Clayoquot Sound and an exciting land based route from Stewardson Inlet to Boat Basin. Marvel at the amount of work that Ada Annie did in the early years to clear her plot of rainforest having no modern machinery at all.

These exclusive tours are an intimate opportunity to step inside Cougar Annie's story and to explore a secluded piece of Clayoquot Sound history. A visit to Cougar Annie's is unforgettable!


Bear watching/viewing at Thornton Creek Hatchery


View salmon and bears at Thorton creek hatchery directions to the hatchery are below. Please use extreme caution, bears are wild animals and therefore are unpredictable. Do not approach the bears; safest viewing is from your vehicle. Please refer to bear facts in this binder for more information.


Location: Ucluelet

Directions: From Highway 4 turn towards Port Albion; approximately 2km on road towards Port Albion there is a sign on a tree for the Thornton hatchery. Turn right on the road by the sign and continue for 1km, hatchery is on the right-hand side.

Species: Chum, Chinook and Coho

Best Times: Adults mid-October to November; juveniles, March-June.

Other Attractions: Pacific Rim National Park. Late summer early fall is a great time to view bears!

Contact: Thornton Creek Enhancement Society, Box 225, Ucluelet, B.C. V0R 3A0 Phone: 250-726-7566; call in advance for tours.


Ten Ideas for an awesome trip to the Pacific Rim!


West Coast Wild Adventures! - This new adventure playground is located in Mother Nature's back yard of our Pacific Rim! Sea Plane Tours, Guided River Kayaking, and best part of all....Zip Line through 1.6 km's of our pristine temperate rainforest, over white water on 9 different zip lines! Contact West Coast Adventures at-(250) 726 7715

  1. Have a picnic on a remote Beach- Ask locals for directions to a beach off the beaten track, where you are at one with the rugged coastline, or enquire with a tour company as to if they offer drop off's and pick up's on one of the islands in Barkley Sound! Bring a lunch, wine and a camera!
  2. Attend Sound Wave music Festival out at Mussel Beach, this once a year Festival is one social gathering you won't forget. Tickets $185-$250 can purchased online at
  3. Visit Vancouver Islands West Coast during Tofino and Ucluelet's Pacific Rim Whale Festival. The festival is March 6th-14th /2010. Approx. 22,000 00 Gray Whales pass by the Pacific Rim en route to the arctic feeding grounds. Many different activities happen during the Pacific Rim Whale Festival such as, Gala Dinners, Silent Auctions, Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Create, Artists in Action, and much much more  fantastic time to view whales from the shore or with one of the many local tour guides
  4. Ukee Days July 24th-26th, Salmon BBQ's, Parade, Children activities, Nature Walks, Fireworks, Arts and Crafts, Fair Grounds, Logger Sports, Pancake Breakfast, Kids Games, Fishing Derby, Live Entertainment.....the list goes on!
  5. Storm watching, exhilarating, breath-taking are just a few words to describe the feelings which pass through your body as you witness pounding surf on the rocky headlands. It is amazing and exiting to be witness to the surging ocean during the months of November to February.
  6. Surf Competitions, the O'Neil Cold Water Classics will be in Tofino annually. Come and see our great local surfers compete! Check Tourism Tofino for dates of surf competitions.
  7. Visit Hot Springs Cove... dig deeper into our wilderness and see the beauty which spreads up the coastline. Travel 26 nautical miles up the coastline and arrive in Paradise... with boardwalks bordering ancient olive green timber giants of the temperate rainforest, to the springs steaming beckoning you to jump in, secluded amidst some of the most pristine Natural Elements on truly is an experience of a lifetime!On the boat ride up, view marine wildlife such as eagles and whales,  then hike through the rainforest to the sulphuric pools of natural spring water!This trip will ensure you the very Best of the West Coast!
  8. Choose Natural Elements Vacation Rentals, to experience luxury on the Edge of the earth! With luxurious Vacation Rentals located right on the Pacific Ocean's edge, to 1600+ sq foot View Rentals which are situated at a higher elevation to ensure as far as the eye can see views to the horizon of vast Open Pacific whales and eagles right from your rental! Natural Elements will go that extra mile to ensure your West Coast vacation is one to remember by being available to answer questions day and night, to recommend off the beaten track beaches and hikes, to pair your stay with local tours, or to bring platters and wine to your rental for anniversaries, honeymoons, romantic or corporate get-a-ways!
  9. Walk the Wild Pacific Trail-This trail is a tour of our coastline, has outstanding view points of little bays, kelp beds, and view points for storm watching.The ultimate for viewing eagles, otters, seals...and if your are lucky enough you may be able to also get close to whales that come in close to shore! Weaved through forest enveloped with all shades of green, this trail system will take you on an unforgettable journey through a truly magical rugged West Coast landscape!

Spa & Wellness

Simply visiting the Pacific Rim rejuvenates refreshes, and exhilarates the mind and soul! But pairing your West Coast holiday with a massage or body treatment will pair very well with being surrounded in a tranquil environment away from the hustle and bustle of every day routine!

Many of the local spa's offer treatments which reflect the West Coast using materials from land and sea. Check local paper for schedule of Yoga classes, or visit the local naturopath for acupuncture, while in the natural surroundings, go that extra mile to pamper your body, mind and soul, for an even deeper feeling of rejuvenation!



Try something different and exhilarating, while staying on the Pacific Rim- Tofino Air made this excursion to a remote lake in the mountains possible... see video below!



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