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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada

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.

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:

City Hours
Victoria 5
Nanaimo 3.5
Parksville 2.5
Courtenay 3.5
Port Alberni 2

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

The beautiful white sand on Clarke Island
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

Toquaht Nation’s Secret Beach Campground and Kayak Launch in the heart of Toquaht Bay, offers 66 campsites for nightly, weekly and monthly rentals and a convenient kayak launch. Located in the traditional territory of Toquaht Nation, approximately a 1 hour drive from Tofino/Ucluelet, Secret Beach Campground features stunning views of Barkley Sound and serves as a gateway to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and the Broken Group Islands.

Road access to Secret Beach is over rough gravel roads and takes approximately 30 minutes from the turn-off of Highway 4. The turn-off is located about 12km north east of the Tofino-Ucluelet-Port Alberni junction on Highway 4. See Long Beach Unit: How to Get There for information about Highway 4. The Toquart Bay road is 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

Valencia Bluff
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.