Featured itinerary: Wild Pacific
Note: Only Parks Canada-administered sites will be offering free admission in 2017. Visitors must pay entrance fees in sites managed by third parties.
4 days - Vancouver to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Depart from West Vancouver and take BC Ferries to Nanaimo - “Cruising” time 1 hr 40
Head to Tofino, Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Set up your camp at Green Point Campground. At Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, walk among large ferns rising from a bed of moss in an old-growth rainforest where the trees tower higher than you can see. Explore the endless sandy beaches. Watch the breakers roll in. Breathe in the salt air and experience paradise.
Take a walk through the Rainforest! Look up…way up, to see the rainforest canopy that shelters you from the more than 300cm of rain that falls annually in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. This rain is needed to support the growth of the large trees and rich green undergrowth of this temperate rainforest. Follow the boardwalks that wind through the lush, misty rainforest, and identify strange and wonderful creatures and plant life like Old Man’s Beard, Deer Fern, and the impressive Banana Slug!
Paddle through the Broken Group Islands, an archipelago of over 100 islands and islets in Barkley Sound. Glide past basking sea lions, check out the kelp forest and enjoy a picnic lunch on a quiet sand beach. Want a real adventure? Plan to camp overnight on the Islands!
For that once-in-a-lifetime surfing experience, put on a wetsuit and spend the afternoon in the waves. Visit local outfitters in Tofino or Ucluelet for lessons or if you are an experienced surfer, to rent gear. Will you catch the perfect wave before you head back home?