The rugged west coast of Vancouver Island is home to the ultra-relaxed District of Tofino, a small town on Vancouver Island. It sprawls over the tip of a peninsula within Clayoquot Sound, and is characterised by wild natural scenery including lakes, inlets and ancient rainforest. Sandy ocean beaches with year-round surfing facilities include Cox Bay, Chesterman Beach and popular Long Beach, part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
This area of the world is wild and rugged; filled with rocky mountain vistas, crashing waves, and an abundance of wildlife. Bears, whales, wolves, cougars and deer are all seen in their natural habitat, while the whole area is a bird-watcher's paradise filled with eagles, ravens, herons and more in abundance. If you love the outdoors, Tofino is a must see destination.
Accessible Options in Tofino
Tofino is rugged, and if you have mobility issues, a motorized scooter or a wheelchair designed for the outdoors is definitely recommended as even the most accessible areas have their challenges. That being said, there is a world of beauty tucked into this tiny district.
Radar Hill is a must see for any visitor to Tofino. A wide, accessible path with a gentle slope leads up to an amazing 'high-in-the-sky' viewpoint with sturdy, fully accessible viewing platforms! An instructive map pointing out the viewpoints in the distance showcases this military construction that dates back to the beginning of the cold war.
Because it was originally built for the military as one in a series of radar warning towers, you're able to drive almost right up to the viewpoint. However, there is a slight walk to the top. Although it's slight, there is a slope to the hill and it is a 100 metre trek to the top. The walk is well worth the effort; the views are amazing and you're truly on top of the world.
The Wickaninnish Trail
The Nuu-chah-nulth (aka the Wickaninnish Trail) is home to the Kwisitis Visitor Centre, previously known as the Wickaninnish Centre. This small museum houses an amazing display of jaw dropping murals, artifacts, and life size scenes depicting local First Nations culture. The viewpoint at the top of another slight climb is a breathtaking view of Wickaninnish Beach. The Kwisitis Feast House is in the same building and offers affordable food and million dollar views.
Wickaninnish Beach itself has five large parking lots, each one with paths to the beach that alternate between being fully, partially and not at all accessible depending on what the tide has brought in lately. Sand is notoriously shifty, and logs role in and out with the waves sometimes blocking otherwise accessible pathways. It can also be noted that many of the paths are fully accessible right up to the end where the sand drops away significantly leaving a large step down to a soft, sandy beach. Other beaches are more accessible.
As you can see, Tofino and Ucluelet have a lot to offer for an adventurous traveller who wants to be at one with some of the most beautiful nature anywhere. Call Travel-for-All at 1-888-993-9295 and let us help you plan your trip to this wild paradise.
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Accessible options in Ucluelet
Ucluelet is a district municipality on the Ucluelet Peninsula on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Ucluelet means "people of the safe harbour" in the indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth language.
The Wild Pacific Trail is well signed and easy to find in Ucluelet. For the Lighthouse Loop Trail, simply follow Peninsula Road until you see the signs for Wild Pacific Trail. There is one parking area near Terrace Beach and another one right by the lighthouse if you turn right onto Coast Guard Road. This one is a great choice for the Loop Trail route, and makes for easy access to the lighthouse viewpoint.
The lighthouse itself has stairs leading up to it so it's not very accessible, but you don't miss much because the lighthouse isn't open at all, and there is nothing up there but rocks you're not allowed to be on. The view is beautiful, the trail another slight slope with a mixture of cement and gravel, and accessible trails are readily available for the more adventurous in your group.
At the Ucluelet Aquarium you will get an up close and personal encounter with a diversity of local marine life. The touch tanks provide an interactive and fun, hands on, learning environment for children and adults. The displays are full of beautiful, interesting creatures and are always changing. Come and learn about the local marine ecosystems at the mini aquarium, and you’ll agree that there isn’t another aquarium like it!
This location is fully accessible!