Restore Your Nature Deficit

“It’s a wild, Waltons-esque wonderland, the most exhilarating outdoorsy playground”
Conde Nast Traveller UK

Hiking

Hiking and nature walking resort property and surrounding wilderness is one of the best ways to begin your resort vacation.  Hikes range from one hour to a full-day outing complete with gourmet picnic lunch.  Paths of cedar boardwalk, trails through ancient forest cathedrals and lush fern gardens, and abandoned roads deep in the rainforest, showcase old-growth, new growth, and re-forested landscapes and abundant wildlife.

A popular day-trek traverses Outpost property, crosses a rope suspension bridge and leads guests into beautiful Strathcona Provincial Park – a mecca for backcountry and alpine hikers. The Penny Falls hike up to the crystal clear blue-green waters of the waterfall-fed pool is favourite must-do activity.

Penny Falls Sunbathing
Hiking Fern Garden

A lovely hike for families is through Outpost property and up along the Bedwell River bed – the same path that early explorers took en-route to discovering gold. Still, guests can pan for gold ore in the river’s sandy shallows.  A short hike in takes explorers to the site of Bear City, an abandoned and over-grown mining town of some repute, that boomed many times between the Great Yukon Rush and 1939, when Chinese workers fled the mines they believed to be cursed.  

Bedwell Falls Hike

Duration (hours) Distance (km) Distance (miles) Elevation Gain (metres) Elevation Gain (feet) Difficult
A 0 – 3 i 0 – 2 i 0 – 1 1 10 – 200 1 30 – 650 a easy
B 3 – 5 ii 2 – 5 ii 1 – 3 2 200 – 400 2 650 – 1300 b moderate
C 5 – 7 iii 5 – 8 iii 3 – 5 3 400 – 600 3 1300 – 2000 c difficult
D 7 + iv 8 + iv 5 + 4 600 + 4 2000 + d advanced

An individual, group, and family activity which typically takes from one to two hours.  This hike is a great activity to combine with mountain biking and other hikes, including the goldmine hike.

Big Tree Trail Hike, Meares Island

Duration (hours) Distance (km) Distance (miles) Elevation Gain (metres) Elevation Gain (feet) Difficult
A 0 – 3 i 0 – 2 i 0 – 1 1 10 – 200 1 30 – 650 a easy
B 3 – 5 ii 2 – 5 ii 1 – 3 2 200 – 400 2 650 – 1300 b moderate
C 5 – 7 iii 5 – 8 iii 3 – 5 3 400 – 600 3 1300 – 2000 c difficult
D 7 + iv 8 + iv 5 + 4 600 + 4 2000 + d advanced

An individual, group, and family which typically takes from two to three hours – after arrival by boat.  This hike is a great activity to combine with a marine widlife-viewing excursion and/or a trip to Tofino Village.

Ursus Hike

Duration (hours) Distance (km) Distance (miles) Elevation Gain (metres) Elevation Gain (feet) Difficult
A 0 – 3 i 0 – 2 i 0 – 1 1 10 – 200 1 30 – 650 a easy
B 3 – 5 ii 2 – 5 ii 1 – 3 2 200 – 400 2 650 – 1300 b moderate
C 5 – 7 iii 5 – 8 iii 3 – 5 3 400 – 600 3 1300 – 2000 c difficult
D 7 + iv 8 + iv 5 + 4 600 + 4 2000 + d advanced

This hike alongside the Ursus Creek is a great individual, group, and family activity that typically takes four hours, or longer if you include a gourmet picnic lunch. During late summer/early fall, watch salmon spawning in the river.

Goldmine Hike

Duration (hours) Distance (km) Distance (miles) Elevation Gain (metres) Elevation Gain (feet) Difficult
A 0 – 3 i 0 – 2 i 0 – 1 1 10 – 200 1 30 – 650 a easy
B 3 – 5 ii 2 – 5 ii 1 – 3 2 200 – 400 2 650 – 1300 b moderate
C 5 – 7 iii 5 – 8 iii 3 – 5 3 400 – 600 3 1300 – 2000 c difficult
D 7 + iv 8 + iv 5 + 4 600 + 4 2000 + d advanced

Hiking to the Prosper Goldmine is an individual, group, and family activity that typically takes between two to three hours. The Goldmine hike is a great activity to combine with other hikes, including Bedwell Falls.

Lone Cone Trail, Meares Island

Duration (hours) Distance (km) Distance (miles) Elevation Gain (metres) Elevation Gain (feet) Difficult
A 0 – 3 i 0 – 2 i 0 – 1 1 10 – 200 1 30 – 650 a easy
B 3 – 5 ii 2 – 5 ii 1 – 3 2 200 – 400 2 650 – 1300 b moderate
C 5 – 7 iii 5 – 8 iii 3 – 5 3 400 – 600 3 1300 – 2000 c difficult
D 7 + iv 8 + iv 5 + 4 600 + 4 2000 + d advanced

Lone Cone is a difficult hiking trail located on Meares Island across from Tofino, approximately 30 minutes by boat from Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. An group or individual and group activity that typically takes four hours.

Penny Falls Hike

Duration (hours) Distance (km) Distance (miles) Elevation Gain (metres) Elevation Gain (feet) Difficult
A 0 – 3 i 0 – 2 i 0 – 1 1 10 – 200 1 30 – 650 a easy
B 3 – 5 ii 2 – 5 ii 1 – 3 2 200 – 400 2 650 – 1300 b moderate
C 5 – 7 iii 5 – 8 iii 3 – 5 3 400 – 600 3 1300 – 2000 c difficult
D 7 + iv 8 + iv 5 + 4 600 + 4 2000 + d advanced

An individual, group, and family activity that typically takes two to three hours. Penny Falls is a great activity to combine with a mountain bike ride. Take time to dip in the Penny Falls pool and sun yourself dry on the smooth rocks.