A Tofino hiking trail where a boardwalk runs through a very green rainforest on the west coast of Vancouver Island

13 Best Hikes In Tofino, British Columbia (With Map)

I have been living on the coast of British Columbia since 2015, and I know I am not alone in saying that Tofino is one of my favourite getaways from Vancouver. In my opinion, there is no better way to explore the natural beauty of the West Coast of British Columbia, than going out to explore the hikes in Tofino.

Tofino is an absolute paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. With its rugged coastline, beautiful sandy beaches, ancient rainforests, stunning campgrounds, and awe-inspiring vistas, this West Coast Canadian gem offers many outdoor adventures. Arguably, the best way to see the stunning scenery of Tofino, is on foot!

Top 3 Best Hikes in Tofino

✨Cox Bay Lookout short trail, roots & rocks, incredible views of Cox Bay.
✨Lone Cone Water taxi access. Challenging, stunning trail.
✨Tonquin Beach Trail Short easy trail, stairs to a beautiful beach
✨Lighthouse Loop, Ucluelet all physical abilities including wheelchairs

A map of hikes in Tofino, the map is of the West Coast of Vancouver Island along the Pacific Ocean in British Columbia.

13 Best Hikes in Tofino, BC

Many people will visit Tofino to try surfing or to visit its beautiful beaches. While the beaches are obviously gorgeous and there are no shortage of things to do and see in Tofino, my personal favourite way to see the beautiful West Coast of BC is to get out and explore the hiking trails in Tofino. Lace up your boots, pack your sense of adventure, and get ready to discover the west coast by foot. Detailed trail information including maps with Trailhead locations are available on the TrailCollectiv app. Now that you know that there are many options for all ages and abilities, here are my top 13 hikes in Tofino.

1. Lone Cone, Meares Island, Tofino area

This is a stunning, challenging hike, where you will take a beautiful water taxi ride from the Tofino Wharf to Meares Island. The trail has many roots and is steep. While this is my all time pick for best hike in Tofino, it’s also a sweaty one. Your heart rate will be up, AND your efforts will be rewarded with jaw dropping views from the top! Lone Cone truly has the best views in Tofino, in my opinion πŸ˜‰.

Quick Facts: Lone Cone hike in Tofino

Looking out over the Islands from the top of the  Lone Cone hike in Tofino
The view from the top of Lone Cone, Meares Island Tofino
  • Lone Cone could be called the best hike in Tofino, and also the most challenging hike in Tofino.
  • Meares Island, where Lone Cone is located had been closed through 2022 due to Pandemic restrictions and is set to open to visitors again in 2023.
  • This hike is 6.4 kms long and climbs almost 800m in elevation.
  • Due to bear and wolf population, dogs are no longer allowed on this trail
  • The views speak for themselves, if you are physically able, this challenging Tofino hike is worth the effort!
  • Although there are no services on Meares Island, the Indigenous village on the island sometimes sells water at the small store. There is a beautiful beach and beachfront campground operated by the First Nations People (see the map)
  • You can arrange a water taxi by visiting tofinowatertaxi.com,
  • Cell phones work on Meares Island.

Where to Stay Nearby

πŸ“The Shoreline Tofino – This hotel is a local favourite located right in the village of Tofino and walking distance to all the shops, restaurants, the wharf and water taxi, and is close to Tonquin Beach. They offer pet friendly rooms, and rooms have kitchens. There is also one of Tofino’s famous sauna’s on the property!

If you prefer to camp, there are beautiful campgrounds in Tofino and Ucluelet, checkout my guide to camping in Tofino.

2.Tonquin Beach Trail

Tonquin Beach Trail is located within walking distance of the village of Tofino and meanders through rainforest. Follow Tonquin trail to Tonquin Beach which is known for its peaceful atmosphere, incredibly soft sand, and stunning sunsets (like all the beaches in Tofino!) Tonquin Beach is one of my favourite picnic spots in Tofino.

A beautiful hike in Tofino, Tonquin Trail leads to this soft sandy beach, Tonquin Beach
Tonquin Trail leads to the softest sand at Tonquin Beach

Quick Facts: Tonquin Trail

  • Tonquin Trail is usually considered an easy trail; it is 3kms round trip, it is mostly flat, but does have stairs to access the beach.
  • The first half of the trail would be considered a wheelchair and stroller friendly trail in Tofino, however, the beach is not accessible due to stairs.
  • If you arrive at low tide, you’ll find all kinds of sea life in the rocks (sea stars, anemones, urchins). Tonquin Beach is a great spot to find Tide pools around Tofino.
  • My favourite spot to grab takeout for a beach picnic is from the food trucks in Tofino. You’ll find a group of food trucks at the end of Campbell Street in Tofino.
  • Access to the trailhead is at the end of Tonquin Park Road, with free parking.
  • No amenities are available at the beach, during the day there are bathrooms at the community centre at the parking lot.
  • Limited cell service
  • Bears, wolves, and cougars are found around Tofino. They generally stay away from people, but be wildlife safe, remove your garbage.

Where to Stay Nearby πŸ“Duffin Cove Resort, Tofino Nestled right in the village of Tofino, Duffin Cove resort is a classic West Coast Resort. Along with it’s stunning oceanfront location, guests will find hiking trails and a private beach as a part of the property. Rooms are all equipped with free Wi-Fi and refrigerator, and balcony with chairs. Suites with full kitchens and BBQs are available.

3.Radar Hill Trail

Radar Hill was one of the radar stations used to provide early warning of air strikes to North America during WWII. Now there is a short, paved path takes you to a lookout with beautiful views and the former station area. I love the history that is a part of this trail and lookout.

View from the lookout at Radar Hill, close to Tofino.

Quick Facts: Radar Hill Trail

  • This trail is less than 1km round trip, and is paved. It has an incline, so while smooth, wheelchair users and those with a stroller will get an extra workout.
  • A fantastic family friendly hike in Tofino.
  • The trailhead for Radar Hill is off of Pacific Rim Highway on Radar Hill Road.
  • There are 2 parking lots. For those with physical limitations or who don’t want to walk; park in the upper lot and you will be right at the lookout. If you want a short walk, park at the lower lot.
  • Another trail down to Radar Beach runs from the parking lot, bathrooms are at the parking lot as well.
  • At the top viewpoint you will find interpretive signs with the names of the mountains you can see as well as the Kap’Yong Memorial that honours those who served in the Korean war in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry

Where to Stay Nearby πŸ“The Best Western Tin Wis Resort This luxurious resort has an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, spa services, and complimentary breakfast. There’s also an on-site restaurant that serves up delicious local seafood dishes. Guests can take advantage of the shuttle service to explore town or take part in activities such as whale watching and kayaking.

4.Rainforest Trail (s)

Rainforest Trail is 2 loop trails that are on either side of the Pacific Rim Highway. These trails are located within Pacific Rim National Park. Stunning rainforest trails run through ancient old growth forest, with moss growing everywhere! Green everywhere you look! Boardwalks make up the majority of the trail and each side of the figure-8 trail has over 300 stairs. Despite the stairs, I found this trail completely doable with a 3 year old.

A mom and young child hold hands walking along a boardwalk made of a fallen tree through a very green rainforest in Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia.

Quick Facts: Rainforest Loop Trail:

  • These loops are 1km each and start from Pacific Rim Highway.
  • There are outhouses at the parking lot
  • A Canadian National Parks Pass is required to park in the parking lot. You can buy a pass from the parking meter in the parking lot.
  • If you choose to complete both loops, you will need to cross the highway, please use caution when doing this!
  • The boardwalks can be very slippery when wet!
  • No dogs allowed on these trails.
  • Because of the variety of plants, interesting boardwalks, and giant trees, these trails are great family friendly hikes around Tofino.

Where to Stay Nearby πŸ“Black Rock Ocean Front Resort, Ucluelet Located on the Wild Pacific Trail, along the Pacific Rim Highway, this resort has both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, two restaurants and bars, and a full-service spa. Black Rock resort has direct access to the beach and to many hikes in Tofino.

5. Casno Plane Crash

In February 1945 a Casno bomber airplane crashed in the Pacific Rim of British Columbia. Somehow, all 12 passengers survived and the remains of the plane are found on this hiking trail close to Tofino. When you arrive at the marsh, you’ll find the plane wreckage at the end of the swampy area. I love taking a closer look at the plane, it’s like a work of art. If you choose to get close, be mindful of the sharp edges of the metal.

Plane crash remnants at the Casno Bomber plane crash site outside of Tofino.

Quick Facts: Casno Plane Crash Trail Tofino

  • You can park off the Pacific Rim Highway for a shorter route (3 kms roundtrip and 80m of elevation) or park at Radar Hill and go along the paved bike pathway to turn down Casno Trail (7kms round trip)
  • Recent trail upgrades including boardwalks have made the trail easier to navigate. There are roots close to the wreckage.
  • While the plane wreckage is very interesting to explore, be aware of sharp metal edges and rusty parts.

Looking for a place to stay near Casno Plane Crash hike? πŸ“Green Point Campground- Parks Canada This is located in Pacific Rim National Park and has drive in and walk in camp sites in Tofino and also has yurt style tents. Booking is through the Parks Canada website and has electricity, water, flush toilets as well as firewood available.

πŸ“Black Rock Ocean Front Resort, Ucluelet Located on the Wild Pacific Trail, along the Pacific Rim Highway, this resort has both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, two restaurants and bars, and a full-service spa. Black Rock resort has direct access to the beach and to many hikes in Tofino.

6.Big Tree Trail

Because this must do Tofino hike is located on Meares Island, you will get to take a scenic boat ride from the Tofino harbour to Meares Island. Meares Island is a very special place. In 1984, the Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht First Nations of Clayoquot Sound close to Tofino declared Meares island as Canada’s first Tribal Park.

A young child stands in front of an enormous ancient tree at Big Tree Trail on Meares Island.

This hike close to Tofino will require getting muddy and climbing over and under trees As a reward, you will experience the magic of being surrounded by 2000 year old, enormous trees! Something I found very interesting: Clayoquot Sound ( Tofino area) has the largest tracts of old-growth temperate rainforests left in southern British Columbia.

Quick Facts: Big Tree Trail

  • Just over 3km, 100m elevation loop through ancient old growth forest
  • Lots of mud, roots, and fallen trees, make this fun (and slippery). You’ll want sturdy footwear for this one!
  • The huge trees are really incredible to see
  • In planning, be aware that Jamie’s and Tofino water taxi run only until 4pm. Meares Island Taxi also offers boat shuttles to Meares Island.
  • No dogs on the trail
  • Be wildlife aware, all of BC has bears, and Tofino area is home to wolves.

Where to stay close to Meares Island BC πŸ“Island Village Properties ocean front family-sized loft style apartments or a cozy studios. All units have a well-equipped kitchen, dining area and living room. This place to stay in Tofino has it’s own small beach that can be used to launch kayaks and canoes. Accommodations are within walking distance to the town of Tofino, restaurants, and shops.

7.Cox Bay Lookout

Cox Bay Lookout is a short but technical trail in Tofino. There are lots of roots and mud along the hike that leads to a breathtaking lookout. You’ll have incredible views of Tofino and Cox Bay from the top.

⭐ Personal Opinion: This is THE perfect spot to watch sunset in Tofino.

Sunset VIew over Cox Bay, from the top of Cox Bay lookout trail.

Quick Facts Cox Bay Lookout:

  • 2.6kms, 115m elevation, short and steep
  • Lots of roots to navigate on this trail, be sure to wear sturdy footwear!
  • Dogs must be on leash
  • While there are amenities at the beach below, there are no amenities on the trail (there are bathrooms, restaurant, fire-pits at Cox Bay beach below)
  • Unmarked trail-be sure to have a map/trail route before heading out.
  • AMAZING VIEWS await you at the top  πŸ€©

Where to stay close to Cox Bay Lookout: πŸ“Pacific Sands Beach Resort A beautiful beachfront resort in Tofino. I love the variety of experiences available at Pacific Sands. A stay here is unforgettable, with options for daily surf lessons, bicycle rentals, barrel saunas, outdoor firepits, and of course, the stunning beach.

8.Comber’s Beach Trail

Sunset at Comber's Beach

Welcome to Comber’s Beach Trail in beautiful Tofino, Canada! This picturesque trail is one of the most loved short hikes in Tofino. The trail runs through ancient forest to a beautiful beach full of some of the softest sand I’ve ever felt!

Quick Facts About Comber’s Beach Trail

  • 1.6 kms roundtrip through beautiful rainforest
  • The trail is smooth most of the way, and does go down on an incline.
  • At the bottom, there is a boardwalk to the beach.
  • Parking is free
  • No National Parks Pass needed
  • There are no bathrooms at this trail, so plan accordinglyπŸ’©

Where to stay close to Comber’s Beach

πŸ“Long Beach Resort, Tofino features an on site gourmet restaurant, private surf lessons year round, and a beautiful ocean front location on Cox Bay.

9.Mount Ozzard

View from Mount Ozzard

Mount Ozzard Trail is a breathtaking coastal hike located near Tofino, British Columbia. Offering spectacular panoramic views of Tofino, Ucluelet, and the Pacific ocean and rugged coastline, it’s a must-see for anyone exploring the outdoors visiting Tofino.

Quick Facts About Mount Ozzard Trail

  • This is the longest hike in Tofino (and area) at 12kms round trip
  • 660m of elevation πŸ˜…
  • The trailhead for this Pacific Rim hike is about 50 mins drive from the village of Tofino.
  • You’ll find the trailhead here
  • While the trail itself is along a forestry road, the views at the top are incredible.
  • You’ll want to know: there are no services or bathrooms here, remember to pack out what you bring.

Where to stay close to Mount Ozzard

πŸ“ Water’s Edge Shoreside Suites, Ucluelet Waterfront location, all rooms are suites with a full kitchen. So close to restaurants and amenities in Ucluelet.

10.Willowbrae Trail to Florencia Bay & Halfmoon Bay

TIde pools at Halfmoon Bay close to Ucluelet.  THere are green, purprle, yellow sea anenomes visible in the die pool surrounded by sea kelp, sea grass and plants growing in the water.
Tidepool at Halfmoon Bay, Ucluelet
  • UPDATE JUNE 2023 the turn to Halfmoon Bay is closed, turn right at the fork to go to the similarily beautiful Florencia Bay.
  • Willowbrae Trail is close to Ucluelet BC. This scenic hiking trail winds through lush rainforest, and ends at Florencia Bay and Half Moon Bay. On the trail, you’ll find yourself surrounded by old-growth trees and lush ferns. Once you arrive to the beach, find many tidepools teeming with sea life. Keep an eye out for all the little circles on the sand, I’m sure I’ve stepped on a few, those are curled up sea anenomes 🀩

Quick Facts about Willowbrae Trail, Ucluelet

  • This trail is 3.8kms round trip, with 180+ stairs
  • As with all trails in this area, boardwalks are slippery when wet.
  • This Tofino hike is actually located closer to Ucluelet, BC
  • Parking is free in the parking lot at the trailhead (look for Willowbrae trail)
  • The first half of the trail is the same route for both Halfmoon Bay and Florencia Bay. At the fork turn left to go to Halfmoon, or right to Florencia.
  • Florencia Bay is affectionately called Flo by locals.
  • There are pit toilets at the parking lot, parking is free

Where to stay close to Willowbrae Trail πŸ“Hyphocus Inn, Ucluelet Located on the edge of Spring Cove, featuring spa baths and wood-burning fires in every room, this is a beautiful bed and breakfast in Ucluelet.

11.Shorepine Bog Trail

Shorepine Bog Trail in Tofino British Columbia is a loop trail that winds through temperate rainforest and peat bogs. Featuring easy-to-follow trails, and many unique plants and animals, this is a beautiful Tofino hike perfect for all ages and skill levels.

Quick Facts about Shorepine Bog Trail

  • 2.2kms loop, mostly flat
  • Unique location, pristine coastal bog
  • Over 200 species of birds make this bog their home.
  • Many wildflowers and carnivorous plants (plants that eat meats-this one blew my mind!) make this their home.
  • Steeped in local Indigenous history, there are interpretive signs to learn more.
  • Parking at Shore pine Parking Area, located on Highway 4 just east of Tofino.

12.Lighthouse Loop

Lighthouse Loop Trail, is located near Ucluelet BC and joins into the longer Wild Pacific Trail. Lighthouse Loop trail winds over through lush hemlock forests and offers views of the wild ocean shoreline. I always find this trail and spot so mesmerizing, there are so many big waves crashing into the volcanic rocks.

Quick info about Lighthouse Loop Trail Ucluelet

  • 2.7 kms loop
  • Built to be universally accessible, smooth trail with no elevation or stairs
  • Incredible views of the ocean and rocky shoreline
  • Opportunities to see sea life including sea lions and whales
  • Parking is free, and lots of spaces
  • This trail is within walking distance from the townsite of Ucluelet.

13. Wild Pacific Trail

Views from the Wild Pacific Trail close to Ucluelet.  The coastline is rocky, the rocks are black and there a big waves crashing.

The Wild Pacific Trail is located in Ucluelet BC. Along the way, you’ll find benches that offer spectacular views of Barkley Sound and its off-shore islands as well as interpretive signs that provide interesting information about local flora and fauna. In addition, there are plenty of attractions to discover such as rock formations, tide pools, lagoons, wetlands, and wildlife viewing platforms.

Quick Tidbits about Wild Pacific Trail

  • 12kms in entirety with multiple start and stop points and multiple parking spots.
  • Rugged coastline, sometimes there are bagpipers playing out on the rocks.
  • Parts of this trail are wheelchair and stroller friendly hikes close to Tofino.

Where to Stay close to the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet πŸ“Doug Fir Guesthouse Ucluelet is an adorable modern guest house with a fully equipped kitchen. As a result of it’s incredible location and comfortable amenities, this is a great place to stay within walking distance of Ucluelet’s restaurants and The Wild Pacific Trail.

Where To Stay In Tofino

Tofino is a beautiful destination for anyone looking to experience the majestic Canadian outdoors. From the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean, to the lush rainforest and sandy beaches, it is a place that never fails to amaze visitors. Furthermore, its abundance of activities, restaurants, and wide range of accommodations, make it an ideal spot for travellers of all kinds.

πŸ“Best Budget Option Tofino Paddler’s Inn is a waterfront Inn in the heart of Tofino, with ocean views and water access. This inn features private rooms with extremely comfortable beds, a shared kitchen, and shared bathrooms.

πŸ“Best Unique Option Wild Pods Tofino, BC is a unique experience in Tofino, British Columbia. As a result of a beautiful beachfront location, Wild Pods offers incredible views, and a cozy and comfortable glamping experience.*No kids at Wild Pods

πŸ“Best Campground in Tofino Surf Grove Tofino is a beautiful campground located beachfront on Cox Bay, AKA right on a beautiful beach. Not only is Surf Grove welcoming to families and pets, they have beautiful amenities including barrel saunas and clean washrooms.

πŸ“Best Mid-Range Option  Hotel Zed Tofino A fun, funky hotel located across the road from Chesterman Beach. A hot tub, ping pong tables, and kitchens in some rooms. The decor at Hotel Zed is so fun!!

Map of The Best Hikes In Tofino

A map of hikes in Tofino

FAQ: Hikes In Tofino

. Understandably, many people will be drawn to Tofino to surf, or to check out the beaches, which are incredible! When visiting, know that the hikes around Tofino are not to be missed!

What is the longest trail in Tofino?

Mount Ozzard Trail is just over 12 kms long, and consequently is the longest trail around Tofino. While this trail is not the hardest Tofino hike, in my opinion, it has about 660m of elevation and has views of all of Clayoquot Sound.

What is the hardest hike in Tofino?

After taking into consideration terrain, elevation, and distance, Lone Cone is the most challenging hike in Tofino.

What is the best hike in Tofino?

Although it’s a challenge, the views are stunning, Lone Cone gets my vote for the best hike in Tofino. There are also beautiful easy hikes around Tofino, and many that lead to the beautiful beaches around Tofino. My personal favourite easy hikes in Tofino are Tonquin Beach Trail and the Rainforest Loop Trail.

Is Tofino worth the hype?

Whalewatching is an incredible thing to do in Tofino. Memories that will last a lifetime!
A Humpback Whale breeching (jumping) out of the Pacific Ocean

Tofino has exciting festivals and many things to do year-round. The hiking is world class, and the scenery is stunning. Not to mention, beautiful beaches, surfing, incredible accommodations and food, laid back atmosphere, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Regardless of the time of year you visit, you won’t be disappointed in the Tofino area. SO with that, I hope my answer to “Is Tofino worth the hype?” is very clear!

How many days do you need in Tofino?

Plan to spend 3-5 days around the Pacific Rim/in Tofino to experience everything the area has to offer! Chances are, once you visit once, you will find reasons to continue to come to back. You could also stay for a week and not run out of things to do in Tofino!

Conclusion: Hikes In Tofino

A woman stands on a sandy beach (Cox Bay Beach) at sunset in Tofino)

Tofino is an oceanfront village located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. This area has been coined the Wild West Coast due to its coastline, beaches, and big ocean waves. Also known as the Pacific Rim, the area includes Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino, and Ucluelet.

When you explore the Pacific Rim, you’ll find many sandy beaches, rugged coast lines, rainforests, old growth trees, delicious food, beautiful accommodations and campgrounds, and a plethora of natural experiences and hiking trails.

If you are someone who enjoys access to nature and exploring either by walking or tackling challenging hikes, there are hiking trails in Tofino for everyone. Visitors will find many family friendly trails around Tofino that are easy to do with children. Those who are looking for a challenge will also find hiking trails that exceed their expectations. You will want to add on a trip to Tofino if you are spending time in Vancouver. Also true if you are visiting Tofino- be sure to visit Vancouver and the hikes there and all the unique things to do while in the city.

Tofino and area is a must see when exploring British Columbia!

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