Trip 231 - September 1, 2021 (Wednesday)
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Visit
Near Tofino BC Canada
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Location: The middle of the West Coast of
Vancouver Island, by BC Highway 4, near the town of Tofino.|
Liked (Long Beach): Beach and ocean views, Lovekin Rock, Incinerator Rock.
Of Note (Long 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 - 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 (this page) - most popular with surfers, with a famous Lovekin Rock in the ocean.
Long Beach is by far the most popular beach at the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. It is located a further 5.7 km down BC Highway 4 (towards Tofino) from Combers Beach (and about 16.4 km from Pacific Rim Visitor Centre). Tofino is approximately 15 km further West. Across the highway from Long Beach parking lot is a 2-km-long (or so) road to Tofino's Long Beach airport. So, you can fly to Tofino, take a cab, and be surfing within 30 minutes after landing.
Long Beach features a very prominent and picturesque Lovekin Rock, where most surfers can be found. Do note that there are very strong rip currents near the rock, and a few people drowned there in recent memory. Even if you are not a surfer, walking on Long Beach is a very pleasant activity, with ocean and beach vistas, surfers all around, and Lovekin Rock in the ocean near the beach.
56-57. We are Westbound on BC Highway 4, with Tofino being about 15 km ahead. Turning right would lead to Tofino's Long Beach Airport, and Long Beach itself is located by turning left at this intersection.
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