TRAILS

Photo: Mark McKeough

Hishuk ish tsawaak – Everything is Connected

Tofino is situated in the ha'houlthee (traditional territory) of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.  Through mutual agreement and our common interests both communities agree to uphold the Nuu chah nulth principles of Hishuk ish tsawaak - everything is one and all is interconnected and lisaak - respect with caring. Please consider these principles as you enjoy the trails, parks and beaches. 

To view or download a pdf. version of the Tofino Trail and Parks map please click here.

 

Multi-Use Path (MUP)

Photo: Mark McKeough

Photo: Mark McKeough

Tofino's Multi-Use Path winds its way along Pacific Rim Highway for approximately 6km.  It has been a work in progress for the community of Tofino, with many volunteer hours put towards fundraising for its construction.  The MUP has been over twenty years in the making, and all of the work has paid off, as the trail has become the most used recreation facility in Tofino. The path is not done yet; the goal is to eventually connect the MUP all the way to the National Park. The path is designed for a variety of users including cyclists, walkers, joggers and skate boarders. With a growing increase of users on the path every year, we hope the following tips will help make your MUP travels safe.

Tips for the MUP:

  • Keep dogs on a leash
  • Use a light a night
  • Watch for hidden driveways
  • Use your bell
  • Stay Right except to pass
  • No Motorized Scooters

 

Tonquin Trail and Connector

Photo: Mark McKeough

 

The Tonquin Trail

The Tonquin Trail is a moderate gravel trail which includes beautiful views of Clayoquot Sound. The trail begins at the Tofino Community Hall and meanders through old-growth forest to Tonquin Beach, Third Beach and Middle Beach. The trail is steep in sections and has a series of stairs. The trail network includes a closed loop trail and 3km of gravel walking trails. There is 800m of board walk and stairs that will take you from Tonquin Beach up to the end of Tonquin Beach Road.  Along the trail are many points of interest and view platforms.  Just past the exit for Tonquin Beach you will find a lookout that has stunning panoramic views of Templar Channel, Wickaninnish Island and is the wreck site of The Tonquin.  Third Beach, at low tide provides a small, sandy picket of beach perfect for quiet reflection. Beyond Third Beach is Middle Beach.  This section of the trail was completed in 2017 and crosses through the ha-houlthee (traditional territory) of Tla-o-qui-aht and provides ample opportunities to connect with the local ecosystem.  This trail makes a lovely family outing for visitors and residents.

Please note that bathroom facilities are only located at the Community Hall and Tonquin Beach Road trail heads.  

 

Photo: Mark McKeough

 

Tonquin Connector Trail

  • Not suitable for walkers, wheelchairs or bikes
  • Please do not remove any sea creatures, shells or driftwood - They are alive or provide shelters for many coastal creatures.
  • Keep dogs on leash and pick up after them
  • No campfires or camping at ANYTIME
  • Please ‘Pack Out What You Pack In’
  • Facilities for Tonquin Trail are located at the Community Hall and Tonquin Beach Road trail heads.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on any of the beaches
  • All beaches are patrolled regularly by Bylaw
  • Tonquin Park and Trails are officially closed between 11pm and 6am
  • Parking for Tonquin Trail, Tonquin, Third and Middle Beaches, and the Industrial Connector is located at the Tofino Community Hall 

Photo: Mark McKeough

Photo: Mark McKeough

Hishuk ish tsawaak – All is One and Everything is Connected.