Whilst sandy Long Beach on Vancouver Island’s west coast is the region’s most famous beach, the unique beaches of Ucluelet BC and the southern peninsula are great for hikes, beachcombing and picnics.
Many of Ucluelet’s beaches have access to the Wild Pacific Trail, with its incredible vistas of ocean, forest and islands. Most beaches have parking and washroom facilities. Dogs are allowed on the beaches but they must be on a leash.
Fletchers Beach (Ucluth Beach)
Half Moon Bay and Florencia Bay
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.
Wickaninnish Beach and South Beach
Wickaninnish Beach is home to the Pacific Rim National Park’s Kwisitis Visitor Centre and the Wickaninnish Restaurant. It is the most southern end of Long Beach. Wickaninnish Beach is a great place for beach combing, picnicking and surfing. Travel north along the beach and discover the natural sand dunes.
To get to South Beach find a trail behind the Kwisitis Visitor Centre. This trail becomes a boardwalk before reaching a fork in the trail. Turn left to follow the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Trail to the Florencia Bay parking lot and turn right to continue to South Beach. South Beach is picturesque with a sandy and pebbled beach. It also features interesting grey rock formations and is an ideal location for watching the waves surge and spray up on the rocks.
Tourism Ucluelet: Experience Breathtaking West Coast Beaches
Tourism Ucluelet Website: www.ucluelet.ca
Ucluelet, British Columbia
Pacific Rim (West Coast)
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