Comprised of a thin strip of the southwestern Vancouver Island coast and group of tiny islands in the Barkley Sound, Pacific Rim National Park is a truly remarkable tract of land and sea. This area is often quite foggy or rainy, the perfect recipe for conifer-filled rainforest to thrive. The West Coast Trail is a backpacker's dream, with 75 km (47 miles) of said rainforest, tide pools filled with marine life, coastal beaches and waterfalls, and numerous camping accommodations along the way. Long Beach is the most accessible section of the park and is great for beach-combing, whale watching, ocean kayaking to the Broken Islands, and more.
Traveling from Vancouver, the trip will include both driving and a ferry ride to Vancouver Island, which will take about 6 hours in total. Also, check the official park site for fees, precautionary measures, and anything else you may need to know prior to your visit.
Note:The park is open from March to October.