The Wild Pacific Trail curves round the rugged and rocky shoreline of the Ucluelet Peninsula in the village of Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island, with incredible views of the expansive Barkley Sound, the Broken Group Islands, and the open Pacific Ocean.
The Wild Pacific Trail begins near the mouth of Ucluelet Inlet, at Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, and travels north along the open Pacific Ocean coastline through Big Beach Park to the bike path just outside the community of Ucluelet. The final section will extend the trail to Halfmoon Bay in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Most of the trail system consists of a smooth gravel walkway, but there are some wooden boardwalk sections and stairs. The gravel pathways and boardwalks wind through ancient spruce and cedar rainforest, and along rock bluffs with ocean vistas. Note that the boardwalk sections can be very slippery when wet. Benches are provided at viewpoints, and hiking trails expose visitors to the miles of shoreline. The trail is accessible to all ages and abilities including wheel chairs in most areas. Bikes, horses and motorized vehicles are not permitted on the park’s beaches or trails.
The trail is presently divided into 3 sections: Lighthouse loop, Big Beach and Brown’s Beach. Brochures with trail maps are available at the visitor centres in Ucluelet or at the Tofino/Ucluelet highway junction.