B.C. Bucket List: Hike the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet

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Whether you grew up on the West Coast, have recently moved here, or are just planning to visit, there’s no doubt you’ve got a bunch of adventures you can’t wait to cross off your bucket list. To help you prioritize, we’re sharing some of our must-do B.C. experiences so you don’t miss out.

Experience: Hike this epic trail on the west coast of Vancouver Island

Location: Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet

Cost: Free

Bucket list factor: This eight-kilometre hiking trail features two main sections: the Lighthouse Loop, which spans 2.6 km, and a loop from Big Beach to Rocky Bluffs, which spans 5 km. You can choose to hike just one section or both if you’re feeling up for it. Explore the trail on your own or join a guided walk with a naturalist to hear about specific features on certain parts of the walk. Need to rest your legs? Enjoy the stunning views of the coastline and snap some Insta photos from the many benches along the way.

The Lighthouse Loop is a 30- to 45-minute walk and graded ‘easy’ with no stairs on the main route. The trail itself starts at the parking lot midway on Coast Guard Road. This loop is known for its historic lighthouse, which was originally built in 1906. If you enjoy bird-watching, you can observe the more than 300 species who migrate through the Ucluelet Peninsula.

The loop from Big Beach to Rocky Bluffs includes the Artist Loop, Big Beach Park and Ancient Cedars sections.This entire hike is a 60- to 90-minute walk, but you can choose to skip out on certain sections if they don’t interest you. Each area is graded with a different difficulty level, and each has different attractions. For instance, the Artist Loop has new viewing decks and painter’s perches—so bring your art brushes.

Please note:

  • The Wild Pacific Trail’s guided walks schedule is different everyday, so make sure to check the website for the latest updates.
  • This trail is a part of the traditional Territory of the Ucluelet First Nation. Have respect and leave the trail as you found it, being sure to take all trash out with you.