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Beach Walks

Spectacular sandy beaches attract visitors year-round to the Pacific Rim of Vancouver Island. Long pristine beaches framed by mountains and rainforests offer soul satisfying walks among shells and driftwood. Stroll the sandy beaches and discover incredible tidal communities.

Tidal pools are home to a wide variety of life, from tiny fish called sculpins, to anemones, sea stars, crabs, mussels and Goose Necked Barnacles.

The Best of the Beaches...

The staff at Long Beach Lodge Resort have put together this list of their favourite beaches — a starting point for your exploration, but only a starting point! Once you've checked these beaches off the list, it's time to dig a little deeper and see what you can find on your own!


Cox Bay Beach...

Of course, this has to be #1 on our list, as it is right on our doorstep!
  • 1.5 km stretch of sandy beach
  • tidal pools at north & south ends of beach—best explored at low tide
  • sand dollars visible at low tide
  • walk out to the end of Sunset Point for spectacular views of Rosie Bay & the wild Pacific surf
  • one of the best surfing beaches in North America
  • dogs allowed off-leash

Tonquin Park Beach, Tofino...

Trail head at the end of Tonquin Park Road in the Village of Tofino.
  • secluded sandy beach is accessed from parking area along a winding boardwalk through the forest and down a lengthy stairway
  • great spot for swimming  on a warm sunny day
  • named after the Tonquin, the 19th century American trading vessel which sank here after historic altercations between the crew and local First Nations people (wreck has not yet been discovered)
  • dogs allowed off-leash

Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park...

The signature beach of the area.
  • spectacular sandy beach almost 10km long
  • perfect for beachcombing with lots of driftwood
  • part of the longest sand dune on Vancouver Island (16km), joining Florencia Bay, Wickaninnish, Comber's and Schooner Cove beaches

Chesterman Beach...

A popular beach with the locals.
  • 2.5km stretch of sandy beach
  • West Coast architectural style homes line the shoreline
  • be sure to walk the sandspit at low tide to access Frank Island
  • popular surfing beach
  • dogs allowed off-leash
Did you know that this beach was voted into the Top 25 Beaches in the World by Trip Advisor in 2013?

South Beach, Pacific Rim National Park...

Known for it's singing stones
  • a stone beach accessed from the Wickaninnish Centre; a trail of  gravel pathways and boardwalks
  • great spot to watch the waves and hear the "music" created by the surf rolling over the beach stones


Learn about the local marine life at the Ucluelet Aquarium...

The Ucluelet Aquarium is a great place to visit to learn all about the sea life in the Pacific Rim, before you head out onto the beaches.

This small regional aquarium exhibits a collection exclusive to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Their tanks are seasonally stocked from the waters around Ucluelet and Tofino, and after a period on display, all the sealife is safely returned to the wild. Here you can see what lives beneath – sea stars, sculpin, jellyfish, coral, sole, nudibranchs, sea slugs, crabs, and much more! They even have a hands-on tank! Kids love it… so do adults!

The aquarium has produced a  Life History Manual which you may be interested in downloading - lots of great info on the local marine environment along with pictures...