"There are so many amazing things to learn about!" - Oyster Jim

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Enrich your visit with a guided walk. Photo by West Coast NEST.

Interpretive signs

click to learn moreSigns along several sections of the trail offer self-guided interpretation year-round. Children’s interactive signs at Big Beach Park, First Nations signs at Terrace Beach, historical signs at the Lighthouse Loop and natural history signs at points of special interest, will enrich your understanding as you enjoy the views on the trail.

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Our Bio Blitz on August 13th, 2019 is still building data, download iNaturalist to contribute to our citizen science survey of species living on the trail.

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Ucluelet Aquarium guided Tidepool Tour, every other Friday in the summer. Our Trail Ambassador also leads "Treasures of the TIde" walks on Fridays.

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Free Interpretive Walks March to October 2019

The Wild Pacific Trail is a unique outdoor classroom that offers incredible opportunities to connect people to nature.  Easy to walk, one hour programs aim to engage both visitors and local communities. Topics range from natural to cultural history. You can also visit our Trail naturalist on Friday’s and Saturday’s 1-3pm at the lighthouse Discovery Tent.Click to see September walks

September program descriptions:

Join a naturalist guided program daily as follows:

Beneath the BOG: Most Sundays-- 10am Whale parking lot
Discover the secrets of dwarf trees, carnivorous sundews and the unique plants that thrive above an acidic pool of water. This guided walk will help you explore the newest section of the Wild Pacific Trail. Meet at the Whale Lot Lighthouse Loop trailhead - first parking area on Coast Guard Road.

TALKING TREES and Magic Mosses: every Thursday
10am meet at Brown's Beach parking lot
Let’s explore the suprising life of trees! Question: Do trees share food, communicate information and sleep? Learn about recent research that will change the way you look at trees, mushrooms, mosses and lichen. Drive just past Black Rock Resort on Marine Drive to join this NEW program.

Silva Johansson

Tidepool and Beach Exploration: Every Friday

Meet at the picnic area at Big Beach Park 10 am.
Question: Why are micro plastics harmful to sea creatures? Join our Trail Ambassador for a first hand discovery of plants and animals living here. Follow us to touch a real shipwreck! Rubber boots or sturdy footwear is highly recommended so we can explore the treasures of the tides.

Tidepool tours are not suitable for toddlers due to the rough rocky terrain, small children must be supervised by an adult please.

sea wolfSEAWOLF WALK Saturday Sept. 2 & 14 -- 10am Whale parking lot until September
Take a walk on the wild side! Investigate the lives of our local coastal sea wolves, find out what makes them so extraordinary and what you can do to help protect them! Bring your curiosity, questions and stories. Dogs must be on a leash.

Meet at the Whale Lot Lighthouse Loop trailhead - first parking area on Coast Guard Road.

 

Special Guests in September!

Silva JohanssonSpecial shipwreck walk on September 1st
Pass of Melfort Shipwreck Walk: Silva Johansson leads this walk to the site of a tragic shipwreck that inspired the creation of Amphitrite Lighthouse at the turn of the century. Date to be announced.

Wildsafe BC Weekend September 14 and 15
BEAR WALK on September 15th with Silva Johansson
Did you know bears can smell food from a kilometre away?
This entertaining walk will explore the lives of bears and how to keep them safe.

WOLF WALK from Whale lot September 14th at 10am with our Trial Naturalist
Learn about WildSafeBC and how to keep our wildlife wild. Humans-predator conflicts can be avoided !

ROCK n' ROLL with Special Guest Karen Topham: Saturday September 21
Learn about rocks, earthquakes and coastal geography from a guest geologist. Where did Vancouver Island come from? Were there dinosaurs here? Why are the rock black?

Andy MacKinnon Rainforest MUSHROOM WALK
Sunday September 29th, Amphitrite Lighthouse at 10am. Unique opportunity to explore mushrooms and plants with an expert. Andy MacKinnon is a forest ecologist who teaches university field programs and marvelous mushroom walks. Co-author of best-selling books like “Plants of BC”, Andy has a vast scope of knowledge and an entertaining sense of humor.

Discovery Tent

Discovery TentVisit our Discovery Tent at the lighthouse during spring and summer

The trail society sponsors a naturalist to welcome you to a Discovery Tent at Amphitrite Lighthouse Friday’s and Saturday’s 1-3pm. If you miss the 10am program your questions will not go unanswered. Start your walk at the whale parking lot trail head and gather your questions as you walk. If the naturalist is off duty interpretive signs answer frequently asked questions.

In order to ensure accessibility to everyone, programs are offered at no charge (no admission or parking fees). These programs depend on donations from visitors.

Check back for future walks:

SEABIRD SPECIALwith Special Guest Ian Cruickshank Check back for future walks
Celebrate Migratory Bird Day with an expert bird naturalist. Watch for sea birds on migration. Spotting scope and binoculars provided, but bring your own too. Meet at the Lighthouse Coastguard parking lot at 10am to join our walk or drop in between 10 -12; with luck you might see a tufted puffin.

RainCOAST Walk:
Question: What impact does the sea have on the rainforest? How do the sea and the land shape one another? Join Raincoast Education Society naturalists alternate Tuesdays to share insight on coastal interactions. 
10am: Meet at the Lighthouse Loop Whale Parking Lot

RAINFOREST Tour:
Question: What makes old growth and second growth forests so different? Why is the rainforest in such a small area?
Join Central Westcoast Forest Society's guide to share forest and wildlife insights. Restoration is our passion!
10am: Meet at the Lighthouse Loop Whale Parking Lot.

Silva JohanssonSilva Johansson offers two walks during the summer months.
BOG SURPRISE: Enjoy a guided walk into the unique and strange world of a bog with an expert guide. Magical insights into carnivorous plants, explosive spores and why wetlands are the heros of our planet. Date to be announced.

Pass of Melfort Shipwreck Walk: Silva Johansson leads this walk to the site of a tragic shipwreck that inspired the creation of Amphitrite Lighthouse at the turn of the century. Date to be announced.

In the Spring you can attend her indoor multi-media shipwreck presentation. Watch this page for updates.

whale bonesBUILD-A-WHALE with Strawberry Isle Research Society Dates to be announced.
LOCATION: Wild Pacific Trail-er at the lighthouse.

Question: What whales have teeth?
Learn how to identify Orcas that pass by our shores,there are three distinct ecotypes with very unique diets and behaviour. Join this popular hands-on activity building an actual size Orca skeleton. Drop in at the lighthouse for this family friendly event. Parking is at the Coast Guard parking lot.

Interpretive signs are also a great way to learn year round:

The new Bog Woodland Interpretive LoopTerrace Beach First Nations InterpretationChildren's Interpretive Trail

We are grateful to program experts such the Ucluelet Aquarium the Raincoast Education Society, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Silva Johansson, and Central Westcoast Forest Society for their expertise. The trail society sponsors these walks and networks with the District of Ucluelet.