Dienstag, 10. Juli 2012

In the Pacific Rim National Park

Today we proceed to the route between Ucluelet and Tofino. It is only a 39 km (24 mi) distance, but we can easily spend all day there. Between the two villages the road cuts across Pacific Rim National Park. There are some parking lots along the road where either loops start or trails to the beach.

From the first parking lot we hike two trails of 1 km each (0.6 mi) on a boardwalk through dense and untouched (except the boardwalk) rainforest (Rainforest Trail). It is really impressing.

The next parking lot is located right on the beach (Long Beach). In high waves of the high tide here a lot of surfers are to be seen.

The next trail (Combers Beach Trail) leads 500 m (0.3 mi) on a boardwalk through the rainforest down to the beach.

The following Schooner Trail also runs on a boardwalk with lots of stairs through the forest down to the worth seeing beach Schooner Cove, where the logs are washed ashore and piled up high.

Afterwards we struggle up a hill on an extremly bad road to the view point Radar Hill. And we see … nothing. The view point is long grown over with high trees.

Tofino ... hmmm. As it is the end of the road, one probably must have been there, but otherwise … Along the road a few motels, bars and shops are extending, among them endlessly many surf shops, and there are several offers for boat tours (like whale watching). If one is not a surfer, angler or water sportsman, one could save the last kilometers. But this is of course a matter of taste.

In the evening we return to our Ucluelet campground. We had been planning it anyway, but in the morning we got a note that they give a $10 discount for the second night so we extended our stay.

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