NTS Map:92F4. Wickaninnish beach is home to some of the largest waves in the Long Beach Unit of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. This is a popular area for wave watching, hiking and surf kayaking.
Open mid March to mid October, the Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre focuses on the natural and cultural heritage of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The Wickaninnish Centre also houses the Wickaninnish Restaurant, and has an all-terrain wheelchair available for visitor use.
The 800 metre loop Wickaninnish Bog Trail offers close up views of pine trees that have been warped from growing under stressed conditions from acidic soil. The trees are stunted and short, only metres tall although they are hundreds of years old.
The Wickaninnish and South Beach trails both begin behind the Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre.
The 2.5 kilometre (one way) Wickaninnish Trail links off from the South Beach Trail at the top of the first hill--turn left at the sign. The trail ends at a parking area or you can continue down to Florencia Bay. Take the first part of the South Beach Trail and take the Wickaninnish Trail turnoff. The trail leads across the Quisitis Point headland, coming out at the south shore of Florencia (Wreck) Bay.
The 1.5 kilometre round trip South Beach trail follows along the border between beach and forest. The trail leads through a forest of Sitka spruce bent by strong storm winds to a small cove and cobble beach at Lismer Beach. Continuing on from Lismer Cove, a boardwalk climbs across the headland, toward the polished pebble beach at South Beach. The south end of South Beach provides some quieter water in a little finger inlet.
Highway 4 to Tofino, left off highway at sign for the Wickaninnish Centre.
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