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There are plenty of trails and beaches perfect for hikes ranging anywhere from a mild stroll to an all-out hiking excursion. Mere steps from your door, a walk on sandy Chesterman Beach provides a welcoming hypnotic escape with the powerful surf, magnificent sunsets, and a vigilant lighthouse which keeps watch over the inlet at night.

Below, are a few of the Tofino hiking trails and their degree of difficulty (from 1, easy to 5, very difficult)

Radar Hill

  • Difficulty: 2;
  • Distance: short;
  • Lots of trees;
  • Once a radar station during WW2 with a short path leading to station.

Rain Forest Trail

  • Difficulty: 3;
  • Distance: 2 km;
  • Giant trees, thick rain forest;
  • Paths take you by salmon spawning streams.

Spruce Fringe Trail

  • Difficulty: 3;
  • Distance: 1.5 km loop;
  • Sitka Spruce Forest;
  • Has plaques explaining botanical life.

Schooner Cove Trail

  • Difficulty: 3;
  • Distance: 2 km;
  • Hills;
  • Not recommended for small children and elderly.

Wickaninnish Trail

  • Difficulty: 3;
  • Distance: 5 kms;
  • Can be muddy on rainy days, hiking boots recommended.

South Beach Trail

  • Difficulty: 2;
  • Distance: 1.5 kms;
  • Famous for its “singing stones” and powerful waves;
  • Good place to picnic and “listen” to the huge waves.

Shorepine Bog Trail

  • Difficulty: 1;
  • Distance: 1 km loop;
  • Great for a scary movie set;
  • Grab a brochure and learn all about the deadly plants, the deep, dark peat moss and numerous other “freaky stuff” that lives there.