Wild Pacific Trail Ucluelet BC
Ucluelet’s recently developed Wild Pacific Trail is the “ultimate” hiking/walking trail for nature enthusiasts.
Voted in the top 31 things to do in the New York times, it is easy to see how this spectacular trail attracts guests from all around the globe! The trail is best described as a boardwalk that twists and loops along the coastline in through giant timbers and rainforest and back around skirting the rocky rugged coast. Overlooking Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands to the east and the open Pacific Ocean to the south and west, it offers spectacular shoreline panoramas and seaward vistas through ancient cedar and spruce-framed viewing platforms constructed on the best headlands along the route.The vast Pacific Ocean borders the trail and offers visitors a serene placid and peaceful Pacific Ocean in the summer months with close up views of marine wildlife, and common spectacles of otter’s, water foul, seals, sea lion’s and Gray Whales passing by in the spring (February to late May) when over 20,000 Gray whales pass by the coastline on route to their northbound migration from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska’s Bering Strait and beyond. The trail offers many excellent viewing points to view the Gray Whales passing by.
In the winter time the Pacific Ocean turns into a ferocious body of water encompassing the coastline where views from the trail offer unparalleled vantage points of the untamed beauty and drama of a winter storm. Storm watching has become a favourite activity on the West Coast, and there is no better views to experience the fury of the open ocean that the view points along the Wild Pacific Trail where hikers get an up-close-and-personal look at the ocean’s fury while viewing from the protection of the trail itself.
The trail forms a 3 Km loop along the southern tip of Ucluelet and takes approx. 1 hour to complete at a leisurely pace.
At all times of the year the views along the ever-changing outer coast line afforded by this route are breathtaking – sunset and sunrise are a must see. Storm-watching is a natural on this trail with many breath-taking views 20-30m above surge channels and outer reefs constantly pounded by ocean swells. During the annual gray whale migration (late February to late May), whales can be spotted not more than 5 km offshore of this location as well as sea lions, seals, mink and otter playing in the nearby surf.
Natural Elements Vacation Rentals portfolio of vacation rental accommodations include a selection of luxury rentals within very close proximity (steps away!) to the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet. These rentals offer panoramic open Pacific ocean views where in the spring and summer months guests can view the Gray Whales passing by right from the comfort of your vacation rental, and in the winter months guests can experience the breath-taking exhilaration of a West Coast winter storm right from the warmth of their vacation rental just steps away to the access point to the Wild Pacific Trail!