Tofino: Day 3!

STOP #1: COX BAY BEACH TRAIL (4km, ~400m, 45 minutes) - HIGHLIGHT!!!

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Off the beaten track in Tofino located at the south end of Cox Bay Beach is the Cox Bay Lookout. The trail is fairly hard to locate as there are no signs or obvious trails indicating the beginning, however, it is located at the south end and you will take the most obvious trail up the bluff. There are several trails upwards, but the most well kept and conspicuous one close to the water is what you want to follow. The walk up is definitely muddy and makes you feel like you are trekking through the jungle, but your reward is the panoramic beach view at the top which is truly breathtaking. Definitely wear waterproof hiking shoes or rubber boots as there will be several slippery portions.

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STOP #2: WICKANNINISH BEACH

This beach was definitely another stunner with crystal clear waters in which the shoreline seems to stretch on for infinity, be sure to check the tides for safety reasons.

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STOP #3: COMBERS BEACH TRAIL

Unfortunately, the beach was closed due to a bear sighting when we went to visit. Otherwise, it is known to be an alluring beach area which is especially popular with surfers. The trail leading to the beach is brief but steep and consists of a gravel trail. Go past the wooden boardwalks and continue along the trail, and you will reach the Combers Beach destination.

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STOP #4: FLORENCIA BAY TRAIL

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Florencia Beach is another gem that takes the cake - sandy beach, surfing-ready waves, wild jungle forest that spills over the beach. It is a 5km bay which cuts a wide arch, with sharp cliffs just off the beach. Locally, it is known as Wreck Beach, due to the shipwreck which occurred here when the Florencia ship was wrecked. 

STOP #5: LONG BEACH

Long Beach, aptly named as it is the longest beach of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve at 16km along the west coast of Vancouver Island, was absolutely mindblowing on a sunny day, with its sparkling waters and seemingly endless horizon. Apparently, it also has tidal pools with many living creatures. It is characterized by cascading surf waves which ride up the beach in tranquility. Light reflects off the waves, creating a memorable and rejuvenating landscape with all sorts of activities such as surfing, windsurfing, or a long walk along the beach :P

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