Tourism, Pacific Northwest
Whether you enjoy walking in parks or hiking up mountain trails, you can always find an exciting outdoor adventure to experience in the Pacific Northwest. For those who take pleasure in visiting fine art galleries or gift shops, you will find stunning works of our many, talented artists in galleries up & down the Pacific Northwest Coast.
For those who ski, our area offers some of the best skiing & snowboarding in the world. The mountains regularly experience some of the highest snow bases world-wide, keeping the resorts open for skiing into late spring. They all provide great skiing, and mountain views that will simply take your breath away!
Vancouver Island is considered by some to have the best hiking trails in the world. These trails run through many bountiful & beautiful areas, showcasing sandy beaches, first growth rain forest, mountain caves, waterfalls, and rugged mountain hiking. They range from easy one hour walks to week long, hard, wet & wild journeys.
British Columbia’s toughest and most spectacular of these is the West Coast Trail, located in the west coast’s Pacific Rim Park. It is considered to be the most arduous trail in North America – 75 km of the wildest wilderness you could ever hope to find! It’s a magical world of giant cedars, huge hemlock and never ending evergreen forests. This is Vancouver Island wilderness – wild and wet even in summer. Hikers contemplating this trail must be fit and well equipped for the back country.
The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail boasts scenery similar to the West Coast Trail, but is accessible by vehicle at several points along its 47 km trail, making it a favorite for novice hikers.
Strathcona Park’s trails on Vancouver Island can take you into some incredibly beautiful back country. Experience Forbidden Plateau’s breath taking trails, or Flower Ridge Trail’s fabulous floral displays in spring – all offer awesome mountain vistas! You can trek into magnificent Della Falls, Canada’s highest waterfalls, or run across Buttle Lake and hike up to Marble Meadows. You will be blown away by the endless, exhilarating expanse of these meadows, and maybe see one of our elusive marmots!
There are many other mountain trails on the Island, including historic ones, like the Woss Grease Trail. Stretching from Woss to Tahsis, our First Peoples used this trail to trade grease to communities in & along the west coast.
Elk Falls Park is located just west of Campbell River, on the Gold River road. It has many, great trails for hiking and over 200 individual camp sites along the Quinsam River. The upper falls and day use areas are located just below the dam on John Hart Lake.
Coastal lakes, many stocked with Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Dolly Varden trout, offer fabulous fishing, along with thrilling wildlife viewing.
Trails that wind along the canyon feature great photo opportunities, along with astonishing views of the river, far below. An impressive suspension bridge has just been built, which takes you across the canyon. It is the highest suspension bridge in BC.
By the 1880s homesteaders had begun to settle on the Esowista Peninsula, across the water from Clayoquot, and the new town site of Tofino began to grow. The Anglican church was built in 1913, after the Church of England requested the construction of a church on the most beautiful spot on Vancouver Island.
Today, Clayoquot Sound welcomes around a million visitors annually. Many arrive in March to view the 25,000 grey whales that pass through Clayoquot Sound en route from Baja to Alaska.