The Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet

Even better than waking up to the sound of waves crashing from your hotel room, is waking up to a glorious sunrise from the balcony. You may have spotted the former in my previous blog on arriving in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island. Another day, another beautiful morning at Black Rock Resort. Today, we were setting off to take the Wild Pacific Trail near Ucluelet, before sailing a sad goodbye away from Vancouver Island.

Waking up at Black Rock Resort

View from the balcony to the ocean from Black Rock Resort, Ucluelet

Luckily waking up with an extra hour thanks to the clocks turning back, we wanted to make the most of the day. As our final day on Vancouver Island, we prepared for our hike along the Wild Pacific Trail. Thanks to the lovely hotel we were staying in, our first walk was just a stone’s throw away. Therefore, we got ready and headed out.

Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet on Vancouver Island
View from a hike near Black Rock Resort, Ucluelet
On the beach near Black Rock Resort, Ucluelet
Near the ocean at Black Rock Resort

Beach hopping near Ucluelet

After our first walk, it was time to get back into the car and beach hop. Our first beach was a lovely contrast to the fierce waves against the black rocks that Vancouver Island is so famous for.

A beautiful beach near Ucluelet, Vancouver Island

Retracing our steps back to the sunset lighthouse, we received a pretty scary reminder. We continued, trying to ignore the alarming warnings of nearby wildlife, including coyotes, bears, and wolves.

Wildlife warnings on Vancouver Island

Beginning the Wild Pacific Trail

Sign for the Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet

This sign also marks the start of the beautiful Wild Pacific Trail, so we set off to see what it had to offer.

Views on the Wild Pacific Trail, Vancouver Island
Lookout from the Wild Pacific Trail on Vancouver Island
A road to the mountains near Ucluelet

You essentially begin by taking the twisted trail of the Wild Pacific Trail, through forest and up and down gentle inclines. At virtually every corner you turn, dramatic views across ocean and mountains greet you. It feels like you’re on the edge of the earth, with waves pounding the black rocks. It also actually reminded me a little of a colder, less tropical Hawaii. I guess this makes sense given that Hawaii’s the next area of land along.

Views from the Wild Pacific Trail

A lookout point from the Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet
Views to the mountains and ocean near Ucluelet
Views across the ocean on the Wild Pacific Trail, Vancouver Island
Ocean views and greenery on the Wild Pacific Trail, Vancouver Island
Lookout from the Wild Pacific Trail
Rock walks on the Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet
A lookout across the black rocks and ocean from the Wild Pacific Trail, near Ucluelet

What an inspiring quote, given the beautiful backdrop!

A wonderful quote at a lookout point on the Wild Pacific Trail, Vancouver Island
The ocean from the Wild Pacific Trail, Vancouver Island
Gorgeous ocean views from the Wild Pacific Trail, Vancouver Island

We took our time making multiple stops along the trail. It was extremely relaxing listening to the ocean and exploring the nooks and crannies of the rock face. Hardly passing another face along the route, it felt so wonderfully peaceful to be out on the trail.

Relaxing on the Wild Pacific Trail
Laura looking out at ocean views from the Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet
Views across the Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet

Having spent all morning walking, we saw some beautiful sights, from the powerful waves to the rugged rocks and snowy mountain tops. It was something very special.

The journey from Ucluelet to Nanaimo

Of course, we had to stop to refuel before a snowy drive back to Nanaimo to catch our ferry. If you’re visiting the area, check out The Blue Room Bistro in Ucluelet for a decent brekkie! It was just what we needed after our chilly walk.

Breakfast from The Blue Room Bistro, Ucluelet

Our journey from Ucluelet to Nanaimo was full of wintry backgrounds, with snow scattered across the island. A truly magical backdrop to our wonderful weekend away.

Snowy views from the drive across Vancouver Island
Winter scenes on our drive across Vancouver Island
Snowy roads on Vancouver Island

An awesome trip from start to finish on the Island. I’ll for sure be back one day soon!


Have you taken the Wild Pacific Trail on Vancouver Island? If so, let me know what your discovered on your hike.

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  1. whatlauradoesnext
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    December 16, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Thank you! It was beautiful, despite the cold weather. Highly recommend it if you get the chance 🙂

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