Trip Distance: 265 km, +/-6 hour travel time.
A ferry crossing and a scenic ride will bring you to BC’s wild-west-coast on Vancouver Island. For Ferry crossing (www.bcferries.com) you can go from Horseshoe Bay (north of Vancouver) or Tsawassen (south of Vancouver) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo). Tofino is usually very busy in the season, so Ucluelet may be a better option to go, especially in the busy summer season.
Things to do and see
- Nanaimo Bastion and waterfront
- Englishman River Falls
- Little Qualicum Falls
- Cathedral Grove
On your way to Ucluelet you’ll pass Cathedral Grove Provincial Park on HW4, a must see! Giant Red Cedars and towering Douglas Firs will humble you. MacMillan Park (Cathedral Grove) is located on central Vancouver Island, 25 km west of Qualicum Beach and 16 km east of Port Alberni on Hwy #4, which runs right through the park.
At the end of today’s trip you’ll enter the rural town of Ucluelet, lovingly known as ‘Ukee’. An ancient settlement on the northern edge of the Barkley Sound, Ucluelet takes its name from the Nuu-chah-nulth phrase, Yu-clutl-ahts, the "people with a good landing place for canoes".
Things to do and see
- Wild Pacific Trail
- Ucluelet Aquarium
- Pacific Rim National Park
- Broken Group Islands
- Long Beach Trail
- Black Bear Viewing
- Whale Watching
- Cultural Tours
- Surf Lessons
The opportunities in this area are almost endless; on the Pacific Ocean, in the rainforest, on a sandy beach or even in the air. Ucluelet Aquarium Website: www.uclueletaquarium.org. Include a visit to Tofino and browse a Native Art gallery, join an aboriginal tour on Mears Island or go whale watching in Clayoquot Sound.
Nowhere else on earth has the meeting of land and sea created the magnificent beauty of Canada's Pacific Coast. The spectacular Pacific Rim National Park is the only National Park on Vancouver Island, providing protection for substantial rain forests and an amazing marine environment on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Campgrounds in Ucluelet & Tofino (see map above)
1. Surf Junction (between Ucluelet & Tofino)
Surf Junction is a somewhat more luxurious private campground between Tofino and Ucluelet in a beautiful woodland setting. Campground amenities include hot showers, swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, flush toilets, laundry, ice, fire pits and surf rentals (plus lessons). Due to its proximity to Tofino, you better reserve a spot well in advance (for July/August & weekends).
Price indication: $30 to $40 depending on dates.
Directions: From the junction (Tofino & Ucluelet), take direction Ucluelet and you find the campground after 0.5 km from the junction and on your left.
Address: 2650 Pacific Rim Hwy, Ucluelet
2. Green Point National Park (between Ucluelet & Tofino)
A beautiful National Park campground with 94 campsites within the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Green Point Campground is open from mid-March to Mid-October. Maximum stay is 7 nights. There are no showers and there is no electricity. There is an indoor theatre where they offer fun and interesting outdoor/nature presentations for the whole family (presented by Parks Canada). During the high season, the campground fills up every night. All sites are situated on a forested terrace with trail access to Long Beach..
Price indication: $23.50 to $32.50 per night.
Directions: The campground is located 12 km north of the Ucluelet-Tofino junction on Hwy.4, midway between Ucluelet and Tofino.
Website: Green Point Campground
3. Ucluelet Campground
A nice private camping with good reviews, conveniently located close to the town (Ucluelet) with 125 campsites. Amenities include flush toilets & showers.
Price indication: $30 to $48 depending on dates / hook-ups.
Directions: Upon entering Ucluelet you will see a carved "Welcome to Ucluelet" sign with a carved eagle on top. Turn left immediately after the sign onto Seaplane Base Rd. They are on the immediate right.
Address: 260 Seaplane Base Rd, Ucluelet B.C Vancouver Island, Canada
4. Bella Pacifica (Tofino)
Bella Pacifica is a beautifully located private campground with a sandy oceanfront, located just 3 km south of Tofino. Campground amenities include hot showers, toilets, laundry, ice and fire pits. Due to its proximity to Tofino, you need to reserve a spot in the busy season and generally in the weekends.
Price indication: $32 to $52 depending on dates and view!
Directions: Bella Pacifica is on the left approximately 3 km before the village of Tofino, at the end of Mackenzie Beach road - keep your eyes open for our highway signage.
Address: 400 Mackenzie Beach Rd, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0
5. Crystal Cove (RV Park + Cabins + Glamping, Tofino)
Luxurious and higher priced RV park (only for RVs, so no tenting here). However this RV Park has also 34 beautiful log cabins for rent. All sites are serviced with 30 amp power, water and sewer. There is a playground and showers.
Price indication: $55 to $400 depending on dates.
Address: 1165 Cedarwood Place,Tofino, BC, Canada