When to visit
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What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
The Pacific Rim is on Vancouver Island** and includes Ucluelet, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Tofino.
As its name suggests, Pacific Rim is on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Grey whales pass close to the shoreline in the spring during their annual migration north to their summer feeding grounds, making whale watching one of the region's main attractions.
WHAT TO DO
* = Interesting ** = worth a detour *** = worth a trip
A variety of different trails lead down to the beach, all of which take under an hour to walk. Located between Ucluelet and Tofino, this vast stretch of sand is ideal for casual strolls and is a real surfers' paradise. Don't miss sunset*** over the Pacific Ocean.
Big Tree Trail**
Big Tree Trail is located on Meares Island, accessible only by a 10-minute boat ride from Tofino: one of the most enjoyable ways to get there is by sea kayak. Big Tree Trail has some of the largest trees in British Columbia and leads to the largest western red cedar tree on the west coast. The trees of the old-growth forest are more than 1,000 years old. It is an enchanting place to go for a stroll. We recommend Remote Passages Marine Excursions in Tofino (Wharf Street) (1-800-666-9833).
Despite its reputation as "Canada's surfing capital", Tofino is first and foremost a charming village of fishermen and artists. With its numerous First Nations (Native) art galleries and stunning natural environment, Tofino is worth the detour to the tip of the peninsula.
Located in the heart of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Radar Hill offers magnificent views of Tofino beach at sunset. Easily accessible by car.
Ucluelet art galleries*
Ucluelet has many beautiful art galleries, several of which are located on the main street through town. These galleries are a great way to learn more about First Nations culture, which still has a significant presence in the region.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
WHERE TO EAT
Shelter Restaurant ($$)
This Tofino restaurant is often packed on weekends, attracting a colourful crowd of locals and visitors. The Tofino Surf Bowl with wild salmon is one of the house specialties. You can be sure that all of the fish is freshly caught!
601 Campbell Street, Tofino, V0R 2Z0 / 250-725-3353
The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn ($$$)
One of Tofino's top restaurants, The Pointe offers the most spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The menu is varied and the focus is on locally-sourced, high-quality ingredients. The weekly tasting menu provides guests with the chance to sample a variety of fresh seafood fished in the very waters overlooked by the restaurant. This option comes paired with a selection of wines, and costs a little more than the regular à la carte menu.
500 Osprey Lane (Chesterman Beach), Tofino, V0R 2Z0 / 250-725-3100
Fine dining in Ucluelet. Norwoods is dedicated to serving the freshest local seafood, creatively prepared in an eclectic mix of styles. Connoisseurs will appreciate the wine pairings recommended by the in-house sommelier, featuring local BC wines. Dinner reservations are recommended.
1714 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, V0R 3A0 / 250-726-7001
Where to sleep ?
Date: July 24 to 26, 2015 (2016 dates to be confirmed)
Description: Ukee Days is a 3-day family-oriented festival celebrating west coast life. The peaceful fishing village of Ucluelet comes alive with activities including live concerts, logger sports, a parade and a salmon BBQ.
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