Trip 231 - September 1, 2021 (Wednesday)
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Visit
Near Tofino BC Canada
Page 2 of 4 - Wickininnish Beach
Location: The middle of the West Coast of
Vancouver Island, by BC Highway 4, near the town of Tofino.|
Liked (Wickininnish Beach): Beach and ocean views, parking very close to the ocean.
Of Note (Wickininnish Beach): Tsunami hazard zone, parking pass required, beware of rip currents in the ocean - no lifeguards on duty at the Park.
Related Website: Pacific Rim National Park Reserve - Official Website.
Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook (9th edition) Park Coordinates: Page 15 (Kennedy Lake) A7, Page 14 (Tofino) G7-G6-F6-E6.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve occupies a huge area on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. One part of the Park is a famous multi-day West Coast Trail located near Bamfield. Today we have visited another part, which is a series of beaches, popular with surfers, located by Highway 4 near the town of Tofino.
Highway 4 starts on the East coast of Vancouver Island near Parksville, goes through Port Alberni (the last town with major stores and services), then reaches tiny Tofino 2 hours and 120 kilometers later.
Surfing is the main activity in this part of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, as the few trails that exist here are quite short. The best hike in this part of British Columbia - Wild Pacific Trail - is actually about 30 kilometers away near Ucluelet.
If you plan on camping in a vehicle, note that wild camping opportunities are few near the Park, and overnight parking is not allowed on any of the lots. Also, a parking pass is required, which is good until 4 PM the next day, and is sold at every parking lot, as well as Pacific Rim Visitor Centre where Highway 4 makes a right turn to head towards Tofino, and a left turn leads to Ucluelet.
There are many different attractions in this part of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and today we have visited four beaches:
Page 1 - Florencia Bay Beach.
Page 2 - Wickininnish Beach (this page) - same turnoff from Highway 4 as Florencia Bay Beach, then a split.
Page 3 - Combers Beach - long access from parking lot, no surfers usually make it there.
Page 4 - Long Beach - most popular with surfers and visitors, with a famous Lovekin Rock in the ocean.
Wickininnish Beach was the only place where fog still persisted in the afternoon, so we could not get a full appreciation of its beauty. Nonetheless, there is more parking here than at Florencia Bay, and bigger vehicles would fit quite nicely. As well, the beach is only a hundred meters away, much closer than at Florencia Bay Beach.
31. We have turned left from Florencia Bay Beach access road, and are heading towards Wickininnish Beach, located about 3 kilometers from Highway 4 turnoff.
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