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Three Weeks in British Columbia #6 – Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park

BLOG #48, SERIES #8

WEDNESDAYS WITH DR. JOE

THREE WEEKS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA #6

UCLUELET AND PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL LPARK

November 29, 2017

From Chris Cheadle’s book, “Canada’s West Coast” (Victoria, Vancouver: Heritage House publishing, 2008)

Almost, we didn’t stop here–reason being, Tofino sucks up most of the hype. That would have been a big mistake!

Ucluelet is a small town of 1,650 people on the northern edge of Barkley Bay. But what we’d have missed most if we hadn’t driven off Highway 4 to see it, would be this particular section of Pacific Rim National Park (a most ambitious provincial project that eventually will stretch far down the island’s West Coast).

The first thing you see when you leave your car and head down the trail is a squat unlovely lighthouse whose foghorn mournfully complains every 20 or so seconds–being it was a foggy day. We had to laugh at the British Columbia Moon Handbook’s understated description of it: “The lighthouse here is not the world’s most photogenic, but it gets the job done–keeping ships from running ashore along this stretch of particularly treacherous coastline.”

Feeling the need to exercise after sitting so many hours in Byron’s Acura SUV, we decided to test what’s called the Wild Pacific Trail. We were on the undulating circular Wild Pacific Trail for several hours. The sitka spruces reminded me so much of the cypress trees on the Monterey and Carmel coasts of California. Had the sun been out, I’m sure the scenery would have been beyond spectacular. We had no idea this stretch of the Wild Pacific Trail could contain this much grandeur and crashing waves.