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Visit Pacific Rim National Park

Suit up in your storm gear and watch the winter breakers crash on a rocky shoreline, or enjoy a summer stroll along an endless sandy beach. Step out of your kayak to be greeted by a First Nation Beach Keeper, or hear ancient legends told around the campfire by Guardians of the West Coast Trail. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve offers a West Coast experience steeped in nature and history.

Few people forget the first time they walk out onto seemingly infinite Long Beach, a 10-mile strip of undeveloped coastline set against a backdrop of lush emerald rain forest and distant mountains. Skirting the western fringe of Vancouver Island, Long Beach is the most northern of three park units, a 34,800-acre chunk of beach-fronted coastal temperate rainforest. The shoreline stretches roughly between the town of Tofino in the north and Ucluelet in the south.

Directly to the east of Ucluelet are the Broken Group Islands. An archipelago of more than a hundred tiny and rugged islands at the center of Barkley Sound. This maze of waterways and channels is accessible by watercraft only making it a popular kayak destination.

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