Access this beautiful beach from the parking area beside the Terrace Beach Resort, or stay at the pet friendly resort (see link below) and walk down to the beach from your room.
Wild Pacific Trail Big Beach Section (4.5 to 5.5 km)
This section begins at the intersection of Marine and Matterson Road. This area features a pebble and shell beach ideal for picnics on sheltered tables, exploring tidepools or a surf-side wander if the tide is not high. You can rejoin the Wild Pacific Trail via Big Beach Park, through Black Rock resort or along Marine Drive.
Wild Pacific Trail Brown’s Beach & Artist Loop Section (5.5 to 8.4 km)
The parking lot just past Black Rock Resort on Marine Drive is your starting point. Turn right to follow a short section of forested trail near a new road. You will soon reach a wilderness coastal trail. Be sure to walk into viewpoints, they offer the best vistas.
About 1.5 kilometres north be sure to visit the newest section of the trail called ARTIST LOOPS. Explore hand-hewn paths through the twisted branches of storm bent trees. Tiny tree forts called “Painter Perches” offer close inspection of the bonsai-like tree canopy. If you have been here before it is worth a return visit.
At the end of this section the most scenic route is to keep to the coastline and double back, the view looks very different in reverse! You can also walk in a loop via the forested access trails to Forbes Road sports field or exit at the Pacific Rim Highway. Turn right to walk the bike path back to town. Maps are available at trail heads.
Many volunteers and sponsors have given their time and energy into making this trail nothing short of a National Treasure.
Trail Phase 5-7 (planned)
Phases 5 – 7 would extend the trail to Halfmoon Bay, in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
This trail originated through the vision and initiative of Ucluelet’s ‘Oyster Jim’ Martin, and was developed by funds donated to the Wild Pacific Trail Society. The trail will eventually continue northwest 14 km along the outer coast to reach the Long Beach section of Pacific Rim National Park.
Phase I of the Wild Pacific Trail (2.5 km) can be walked in a 30-45 minute loop. The trail is wide enough for 2-3 people to walk side-by-side. Viewpoints and benches are frequent for watching whales, birds or catching the sunset.
Start at the new parking lot at the 0 km point, midway on Coast Guard Road. Walk through a short section of mossy rainforest to a trail on your right. This scenic path traces the edge of the coastline past dramatic views of Barkley Sound and Amphitrite Lighthouse. Stay on the coastline trail which will loop back to the parking lot .
This trail features sandy beaches, fabulous ocean views, unique architecture and stately homes. It can easily be combined with Columbia Beach East to form a longer walk. This is a particularly nice hike at low tide when the broad sandy beach is fully exposed.
Directions: From the beach access at the end of Johnstone Road walk west for 25 minutes along the waterfront to the beach access at the end of Seacrest Place. Leave the beach at the sitting area and turn left on Seacrest Place. Head up the hill at the next beach access by the Porta-Potty and then turn left on Pintail Drive. Turn left on Johnstone Road and return to the beginning.
This trail is located in Parksville, just east of the Englishman River. The loop features a wildlife-viewing platform along the Englishman River Estuary, a beach walk, and a hike through the forest of Rathtrevor Park. The picnic shelter in Rathtrevor near the Interpretive Display is perfect for a break on a rainy day. Stop and do some stretches or Yoga exercises or just take a quiet moment to reflect on the beauty and peace of this place. Taking a minute to stop and listen to silence is sometimes what it is all about.
Directions: From the intersection of the Old Island Highway and Plummer Road, drive north 1.2 Kilometers to the intersection of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive. Park on the north side of the road, where the road curves sharply to the right. Head north along the trail by the sign for the “Estuary View Point Interpretive Kiosk”. At the corner of San Malo Crescent and Mariner Way, turn right and then take the first beach access to the left. Walk east along the beach for approximately 30 minutes to the Interpretive Display in Rathtrevor Park. Return to San Pariel along the trails in Rathtrevor that run parallel to the beach. At the gate at the end of Rathtrevor Park, turn left, then immediately turn right on to Juniper Road. Turn left on Shorewood and return to the beginning. Total time for this 5.65 Kilometer loop is about 75 minutes.