"There are so many amazing things to learn about!" - Oyster Jim
Enrich your visit with a guided walk this summer. Photo by NEST.
Signs along several sections of the trail offer self-guided interpretation year-round. Children’s interactive interpretive 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.
Ucluelet Aquarium guided Tidepool Tour, every other Friday in the summer.
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. Every walk is flexible so you can ask questions.
Lighthouse Loop interpretive walks
Thursday and Saturday walks start from the Whale parking lot at 10 am (Lighthouse Loop Trailhead). If you reach the lighthouse you have driven too far. Wednesday's program is offered in front of the lighthouse, second parking lot on Coast Guard Road (or walk from the main parking lot, the trail is a loop).
Friday walks start at the picnic area at Big Beach Park.
WHALE WEDNESDAY: Wednesdays
10 AM at Amphitrite Lighthouse
QUESTION: What whales have teeth? Join us to learn about whales --you will gain a new respect for our marine mammals.
On September 26th Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society will host a Build a Whale activity at the lighthouse!
Beneath the BOG: Thursdays
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. 10am: Lighthouse Loop Whale Parking Lot
Treasures of the TIDE: Fridays
Meet at the picnic area at Big Beach Park 10 am.
Join a fantastic tidepool exploration at Big Beach on Fridays led by our trail ambassador. Gumboots or sturdy shoes will protect your feet from sharp rocks, please avoid sandals! Rain or shine there is a lot to see.
This walk inspires respect for unseen creatures and the impact of plastics on the ocean. This tour is not suitable for toddlers due to the rough rocky terrain, small children must be supervised by an adult please.
Sea WOLVES, BEARS and COUGARS: Saturdays
Take a walk on the wild side! Myths, stories and truths trace the sacred role of these fascinating creatures.
10am: Meet at the Lighthouse Loop Whale Parking Lot
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS: Saturdays
Two walks by Silva Johansson coming up!
BOG SURPRISE September 1st: Enjoy a guided walk into the unique and strange world of a bog with an expert guide. Magical insights into carviverous plants, explosive spores and why wetlands are the heros of our planet.
BEAR FOODS walk Septmber 16th: Silva Johansson leads this walk as part of the Wild BC Weekend! Other events at Thornton Creek Hatchery and other communities.
In the Spring you can attend her indoor multi-media shipwreck presentation. Watch this page for updates.
Visit our Discovery Tent at the lighthouse all summer
The trail society sponsors a naturalist to welcome you to a Discovery Tent at Amphitrite Lighthouse five days a week! 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, summer programs are offered at no charge (no admission or parking fees). These programs depend on donations from visitors.
We are grateful to program experts such Silva Johansson, the Ucluelet Aquarium the Raincoast Education Society, and Central Westcoast Forest Society for their expertise. The trail society sponsors these walks and networks with the District of Ucluelet.
Interpretive signs are also a great way to learn year round: