Undoubtedly the ‘destination of the moment’, Tofino deserves the many superlatives used to describe this iconic west coast destination. Boasting spectacular kilometers of protected beaches (surfing anyone?), pristine forest including the Unesco Biosphere of Clayoquot Sound and a bohemian vibe, there are now luxurious hotels and fine dining experiences to match. Just down the road is a lesser-known but equally deserving destination, Ucluelet, rich in tradition with its own laid-back coastal culture. By 2021, the spectacular 40km paved bikeway that links these towns will be near completion. With this addition, and the plethora of hiking options, plus some of the best sea-kayaking in the northern hemisphere, could there be a more appealing multi-sport trip in North America?
Ucluelet, BC, Canada
Tofino, BC, Canada
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
5 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
1/2 day kayaking guided tour to Meares Island
Transfers to trailheads
Detailed route instructions & maps
GPS data of the route
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.
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*Price per person before tax. BC applies a 5% GST.
Hybrid or Racing Bikes: CAD$230
E-bikes are generally available but are on an ‘on request basis ‘ and will be confirmed on receipt of your booking registration. E-bikes provided are the best rentals available in the region. Our regular fleet of hybrid and race bikes are fun to ride and light and fast, but if having an e-bike will make your trip, we’ll do our best to provide. E-bike rentals are non-refundable.
Your trip starts in Ucluelet, 40 km west of Tofino. Our Area Manager will meet you at 2pm (or time convenient to you) at the hotel. Then head out for an easy-going hike on the Wild Pacific Trail; this loop through forest and shoreline to a lighthouse is a great introduction to ‘Ukee’. Overlooking Barclay Sound and the Broken Group Islands to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the south and west, the trail system offers spectacular shoreline panoramas through ancient cedar and spruce framed walkways. Enjoy a casual dinner at a favourite local restaurant.
Hiking Distance: 2.2km, elevation gain 40m.
Start the day with a ride along the bike path & trail that leads to the Rainforest trail, a loop walk through moss-covered woodland with ancient cedars. Afterwards, cycle back to Ucluelet. Tonight you may wish to dine at Pluvio, owned by chef Warren Barr & Lily Verney-Downey.
Ride Distance: 34km. Hiking distance: 2.2km, elevation gain 20m.
Between Ucluelet & Tofino
With an investment of some $35 million, the newly opened bike path between Ucluelet and Tofino is destined to become one of the great rides of the world. Stop for lunch at Cox Beach. If you wish to try surfing, rentals (and lessons) are available. If you choose not to surf, walk a stretch of beach and watch the surf action. Afterwards, ride past Chesterman Beach to Mackenzie Beach and spectacular Middle Beach Lodge. Dinner tonight will be in the lodge’s stunning dining room.
Ride Distance: 40km, elevation gain 200m.
Pacific Rim Traverse
Start the day with optional yoga on the beach followed by breakfast. After a short transfer, hike one of the most beautiful trails in the world, the Pacific Rim Traverse. We don’t want to give away everything, but suffice to say, that this walk includes forested trail and raised walkways along stunning beaches and will be unforgettable. Visit the Kwisitis Visitor Centre to learn about the First Nations of this coast.
Hiking distance: 11km, elevation gain 135m.
Lots of options today: sea-kayak or paddle out to Meares Island and then hike the Big Tree trail; the ‘big tree’ is the largest red cedar in BC, thought to be 2,000 years old, making it one of the oldest in the world! Whale watching is also an option – join a tour to Hot Springs Cove with marine life viewing en-route. Or cycle into town or back to Cox Beach to surf more. Have lunch at Tacofino. We recommend your last night dinner at Wolf in the Fog, a Tofino institution.
Activity: 1/2 day kayaking guided tour to Meares Island or 2-3 hours of paddling; Hiking distance: 2.8km, elevation gain 35m.
After breakfast, you may leave Tofino at your convenience. Float plane option highly recommended!
This 4-star hotel is on a dramatic headland and oceanfront in Ucluelet with amenities that include comfortable rooms, lounges, swimming pool, spa and fine-dining restaurant. The Wild Pacific Trail can be accessed right from the Black Rock property. Studio room.
Upgrades on request.
We confess to having a bias here. We have stayed at all of the luxury hotels in Tofino and Middle Beach Lodge exudes a casual luxury that we love. The property boasts an unrivalled location on Mackenzie Beach, a wonderful restaurant (hotel guests only), and is steps to Tacofino, the Tofino Botanical gardens and more. Studio room.
Upgrades on request.