How’s that for a name? The Wild Pacific Trail… it conjures up spectacular images, doesn’t it!? Well the real thing is even better than anything you can create in your imagination.
Since 1999, a volunteer organization, based out of the seaside town of Ucluelet, B.C. has been working on crafting… and I mean crafting… a spectacular trail along the rough, rugged and wild shores of the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island, just outside that remote town. It has great flow through its twists & turns in & out of the coastal, temperate rainforest, with its trail climbing up and down, to and from cliff-tops, viewpoints and benches. It has crashing waves & rugged rock as its backdrop. And it even has thoughtfully placed, highly inspirational artist “nooks” (little balconies and platforms) and perches (like the crow’s nests on ships), scattered along the “Artist Loops” off-shoots on the trail, (for aspiring plein air artists). All that, and it’s now a decent distance to hike (compared to our previous visits) and such a wonderful place to explore.
And then there are places where you just have to go, explore (knowing that there’s lots of rock in front of you and the tide is going out… because doing this can be quite dangerous).
I am always amazed by the skill and the generosity of volunteers in this country. Those of you who have followed along for awhile have read me mention The High Rockies Trail… that and this Wild Pacific Trail are perfect examples of what someone with vision can accomplish, with the help, skill, generosity, time, labour, financial donations…. heck, the “gifts,” in whatever form they may come, of others. One last view of this incredible trail….
For more info and a user guide about the trail system, go here.
For more experiences of our 2017 Trip to Tofino, go here….And check out more hikes from Canada and our adventures around the world here.
Eventually I will post about each of these:
Buller Passes Circuit
Mount Allan + Centennial Ridge
Mount Edith and Cory Passes
Heart Mountain Circuit
Old Goat Glacier
Trekking up a mountain’s shoulder, hiking through a flowering alpine meadow, snowshoeing through a dense pine forest, or taking in the 360 degree views from a ridge top vantage point make me feel alive. The experiences in these places give me a profound sense of space and place.
Travel does a similar thing, pushing me out of my comfort zone, exposing me to new experiences, new people and new ways of thinking; it also gives me that sense of space and place in this world.
I believe that life is lived in the contrasts: when you experience simplicity and complexity and life's ups and downs, whether they be physically in this world or mentally in your own personal inner landscape, you know that you are truly living.
The bigger they are, the more there is to explore!