How to Get There
Long Beach Unit | Broken Group Islands Unit | West Coast Trail Unit
Long Beach Unit
The Long Beach Unit is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island between the villages of Ucluelet and Tofino (map of Vancouver Island).
Travelling by Vehicle
Follow Highway 4, the "Pacific Rim Highway" west from Port Alberni. This 108 km (65 mile) steep, twisting road takes at least 90 minutes to drive. The scenery along the route is beautiful; allow ample time and use the pullouts to let traffic pass you. The highway is very busy during the summer. At the Tofino-Ucluelet junction, turn right to enter the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Drive time from other Vancouver Island locations to Long Beach:
By bus, commercial air and foot passenger ferry
Different transportation options to reach the park include bus, commercial air, and foot passenger ferry.
Broken Group Islands
Clark Island is one of the most popular outer islands to camp on and explore from.© Parks Canada / D. Salisbury
The Broken Group Islands are located in Barkley Sound and are only accessible by boat.
Launching Sites to the Broken Group
In 2013, the Toquaht Nation opened a new campground and kayak launch in Barkley Sound. Secret Beach Campground and Kayak Launch is located in the traditional territory of the Toquaht Nation, approximately 1 hour drive from Tofino /Ucluelet and features stunning views of Barkley Sound and convenient access for kayakers to the Broken Group Islands.
Road access to Secret Beach is over rough gravel roads taking about 30 minutes (13 km) from the turn-off of Highway 4. The turn-off is located about 12 km north east of the Tofino-Ucluelet-Port Alberni junction on Highway 4. See Long Beach Unit: How to Get There for information about Hwy 4. The Toquart Bay road is in an area of active logging. Drive carefully and obey all signs.
For more information regarding directions and launch and parking fees, please refer to the Secret Beach Campground and Kayak Launch website.
Access from Bamfield and Ucluelet to the Broken Group
Paddling from Bamfield and Ucluelet is not recommended due to the exposed passages of Imperial Eagle and Loudon Channels.
Kayak drop off in the Broken Group by boat is possible through a few local operators.
Alberni Marine Transport Ltd. transports paddlers and their boats on a scheduled basis to the protected waters north of the Broken Group Islands.
Arrangements may be made with other operators based in the surrounding areas of Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Bamfield to drop off or pick up paddlers and their vessels.
For information contact the Port Alberni or Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce.
Paddling with a commercial company: Commercial companies operate in the Broken Group Islands. If you are considering travelling with a commercial operator carefully select a company that meets the needs of your group. Please see our list of Licensed Operators for the Broken Group Islands.
West Coast Trail
West Coast Trail : where open Pacific Ocean meets land© Parks Canada / B. Brittain
Parks Canada provides this listing for the convenience of hikers. Hikers must make their own arrangements for all services. Call ahead to obtain up-to-date information. Reservations are recommended.
To Pachena Bay Trailhead (5 km south of Bamfield):
- drive on gravel logging roads from Port Alberni (1-2 hrs) or Duncan (3 hrs)
- bus from Victoria (4 hrs), Nanaimo (3 hrs) or Port Alberni (1.5 hrs)
- passenger ferry from Port Alberni (4 hrs)
To Gordon River Trailhead 5 km north of Port Renfrew:
- drive from Victoria via Highway 14 (2 hrs)
- bus from Victoria (2 hrs)
- drive from Nanaimo (3.5 hrs) or Duncan (1.5 hrs.) via logging roads through Lake Cowichan
Nitinat Narrows to Nitinat Village:
- passenger ferry usually makes a trip at 5:00 PM from the Narrows to Nitinat Village
- Nitinat Village is a small remote community. An overnight stay may be required.
Between Port Renfrew, Nitinat and Bamfield:
- bus (3 hrs), reservation must be made;
- passenger ferry (4 hrs) ( minimum 4 people)
Contact Bamfield & Pacific Rim Tourism Association for information about businesses offering transportation services.
Contact Us for a list of locations where vehicles may be left during your hike.