Beaches and Trails
The Pacific Rim draws tourists from all over the world, who come here to kayak, whale watch, hike, surf, comb the beaches, bird watch, fish, and generally enjoy the beauty of this incredible natural environment. They come as group of friends to partake in outdoor activities, as families for weddings, honeymoons or anniversaries. They come from all corners of the earth, as explorers. Our guest generally represent a demographic that are active (or not), appreciate the quiet, pristine natural setting, and care about the health of the environment.
Terrace Beach - Ucluelet Best Kept Secret
We are nestled on the edge of one of the worlds last remaining temperate rain forests, and the edge of the open pacific ocean, an area known as the pacific rim. Our site sits near Amphetrite Point, the northern headland of the Barkley Sound and broken group islands, and not far from Tofino. this area is home to a large variety of wildlife (black bears, cougars, deer, bald eagles, whales, sea lions, sea otters and salmon to name a few). The coastal, intertidal, and marine environments in this area are some of the most bio-diverse in the world.
Terrace Beach is one of the most bio-diverse beaches on the west coast at low tide. Please leave all living creatures; starfish, anemones, crabs and plants at the beach to help us keep it that way.
The World Renown Wild Pacific Trail
Winding boardwalks through dense forest emerging at headland viewpoints along the edge of the Pacific, Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail offers a new surprise at every bend. Whales, sea lions, seals, birds of all sorts live and feed in this area and may be viewed in the proximity of these rocks bordering the shoreline. Viewpoints and benches are frequent.
Storm-watching is a natural on this trail with many breath-taking views 20-30m above surge channels and outer reefs constantly pounded by ocean swells.
The Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre
Perched on the shore of the Pacific, this interpretive facility focuses on the open ocean. Through exhibits, displays, films and group activities, visitors glimpse the power and majesty of the earth’s largest and deepest ocean.
Wickaninnish Centre provides a theatre and exhibits, a viewing area, viewing scopes, accessible washrooms, all-terrain wheelchairs and portable assisted listening devices. Guided tours of the Centre can be arranged.
Open mid March to mid October. The Centre also houses the Wickaninnish Restaurant.
BIRDS OF THE PACIFIC RIM AREA
Approximately 250 species of birds, mostly spring and fall migrants, have been identified within the areas surrounding The Cabins at Terrace Beach.
The Pacific Rim intercepts thousands of birds on their migratory journeys north and south. The diverse habitats available within the park, including sandy shores, rocky beaches, vertical cliffs, offshore islands and quiet estuaries and forests, offer attractive sites for bird populations.
Bird watching activities tend to be concentrated along the shorelines rather than the forests where thick vegetation often interferes with successful sightings. Quiet birds are not easily detected amongst the dense tangle of the rainforest.
The best bird watching coincides with seasonal migrations.
The Broken Group Islands
They are accessible only by boat, and herein lies their beauty: unspoiled wilderness and nothing more permanent than a few camping spots, and wildlife. The Broken Group scatters more than 100 rocky islands across the waters of Barkley Sound. Today, it’s a clean and entertaining playground for kayakers, sailors, and scuba divers.
Adding the Broken Group Islands to Pacific Rim National Park in the early 1970s ensured their preservation but also increased their popularity. A journey through this fascinating maze of waterways is no longer an out-of-reach wilderness experience. From late spring to early fall canoeists, kayakers, power-boaters and sailors congregate in the anchorages and campsites throughout the islands. Thousands of people tour the Broken Group every year.
Depending on where you go, you can spend all day virtually alone, encountering others only when it’s time to set up camp.
Pacific Rim National Park
Pacific Rim National Park offers 110 square miles of ancient coastal rain forest and wind-swept sandy beaches that seem to disappear off the horizon. Exploration around the west coast has been going on for over a century and the region is rich with history that stretches back thousands of years.