Pacific Rim National Park is the best and most famous national park on Vancouver Island, and I would maybe even say in all of British Columbia, Canada. No one can argue that it is a very complete park: hiking its rainforests ([poi = 616261] Combers Beach Trail [/ poi]), endless beaches ([poi = 603 091] Long beach [/ poi]), whale watching, surfing, it has everything. The only problem is that it's not usually easy to see the sun here.
This is a resort town of the west coast of Vancouver Island. The main attractions which can be found in this area of the island, are the Pacific Rim National Park, with kilometer after kilometer of beautiful beaches, and whale watching. It is also possible to see bears here (I was told that not being a particularly cold region, here the bears do not hibernate in the wintertime) and there is also the possibility to visit the thermal pools.
Long Beach is the biggest and most important beach in Pacific Rim National Park, on the west cost of Vancouver Island. The weather is usually not very good here, so the beach is much more oriented toward taking walks and surfing (always with a wetsuit on because the water is frozen even in summer).
If when visiting the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island, the weather is bad (as happened to me), this is a place to visit, it is an inner bay, slightly sheltered from the winds coming in from the Pacific Ocean. In a quiet position, slightly apart from the rest of the national park, it is the perfect place to disconnect from the rest of the ,world.
In my opinion, this is the best trail in Pacific Rim National Park. My first recommendation is that you go at low tide, as this trail that's just over a mile long brings us to the local [poi = 603 091] Long Beach [/ poi], and if it's low tide you can see an islet and a cave (the latter I could not visit).
The Pacific Rim National Park is divided into two parts, the land part, and that of sea. Within the area of land, There are endless beaches and dense rainforests. One of the paths (there are two) takes us into the forest. In this case we have two paths, one to each side of the road. I chose the path A of 1 kilometer, and a fairly easy walk (option B was cut off by landslides when I was there).
I thought Radar Hill would be an excellent lookout point to see Pacific Rim National Park, but it kind of let me down a bit. Maybe it was the weather that we had on the island. However, reaching this hill is only a short detour from the main road and it's less than a ten minute walk to the top.
This is another incredible trail in the Pacific Rim National Park. This trail, like the rest, are perfectly equipped, and even if you happen upon it while it's raining, as it happened to me, you just get some mud stains (part of the road is made of wood). The road is a mile and leads us to a beach (weather permitting) which is fantastic.