The wildlife of the Pacific Rim is one of the main draws here – primarily the majestic whales and the enigmatic black bears, as well as other marine mammals and interesting pelagic birds. Most people will embark on a wildlife trip of sorts however Tofino and Ucluelet are also wonderful places to just kick back for a couple of days. The coastline along this stretch of the west coast comprises of enormous, driftwood strewn sandy beaches bordered on either side by rocky outcrops and flanked by temperate rainforest. Several beaches are easily accessible – Chesterman’s and Long Beach for example – whilst others, such as Half Moon Bay, require a little energetic walk; however, it’s well worth it to find that you are the only person on the beach. Maps for the various rainforest trails and beach walks can be found at the local visitor centres or several of the town’s souvenir shops.
If you enjoy being on the water then kayaking trips depart from both Ucluelet and Tofino, which take you to explore the nearby sounds and look for interesting sea-creatures. Alternatively surfing, wind-surfing and paddle-boarding are popular here, with board rental and/or lessons available from many of the resorts and local outfitters.