209 Clayoquot/Pacific Rim National Park Exploration Map

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  If you head west on Highway 4 to Tofino, you will find yourself on the edge of much of the island’s most interesting scenery and coastline. The transition starts with the mountains as you head west. They serve as a magnificent backdrop for the drive to the outer coast. Most of these peaks make great places to explore in their own right, as intimidating as they might seem from the roadside.

The coast is dominated by Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, which offers trails, beaches, hiking and camping. The coastline here has become synonymous with surfing, and beaches will be teeming with people in search of the next big wave. Towards Ucluelet, to the south, the coastline becomes rougher, but this too is an attraction. Of note is the brilliantly executed Wild Pacific Trail that skirts the dramatic outer coast of Ucluth Peninsula.

Tofino, to the north, is the gateway to Clayoquot Sound and its various attractions, most of which can be reached by water taxi or kayak (this area is magnificent for kayaking). Options for spending time in Clayoquot Sound vary from exploring sprawling sand beaches, to hiking up mountains and soaking in a hot spring. (For marine travel in Clayoquot Sound, see mapsheets #207 and #208.) Tofino itself is a busy tourist town of resorts and eateries, alive with the bustle of a small fishing town transformed into a major tourist destination.  

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