Long Beach

The national reserve’s longest beach is home to marine wildlife, stunning views and crashing waves that lure surfers to these shores.

Long Beach lives up to its name by stretching across 10 miles (16 kilometers) of Vancouver Island’s scenic west coast. The beach, known for its surfing and marine wildlife, is part of the Pacific Rim National Reserve. As the sun sets over the horizon, relax on the soft sand and watch the water glisten with changing hues.

As its name suggests, this stretch of sand is the longest in the Pacific Rim National Reserve. Although the coastline has a rugged, rocky appearance, the sand is very fine and soft. Trek for miles along the coast and listen to the calming sound of waves gently lapping or violently crashing onto the shore. Follow trails leading from the ocean inland through the rainforest.

Let the kids play and make sand castles or collect driftwood on the beach. Climb to the top of Incinerator Rock for breathtaking views of sand, water and forests.

Take advantage of the large waves to practice surfing. Try to capture the perfect photo of a friend or family member riding the waves. In the spring you may also see gray or humpback whales. The beach is popular in winter among storm watchers.

Use the many amenities: picnic tables, outdoor showers and bathrooms. Enjoy a picnic with the family in front of the setting sun as it descends beyond the horizon.

Sit around a bonfire in the evening and play games or musical instruments with friends. You can stay at a resort in the area or reserve a spot at a camping site. Bring wetsuits to brave the cold ocean water. There is a small fee for entrance to the beach.

Long Beach is located in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island. To the north, you will find Schooner Cove; to the south is Combers Beach. From Tofino, drive south for 10 minutes to reach Long Beach, which is about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) away. Use the convenient parking lots along the beach.

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