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

guided walk  photo by NEST

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

Free Interpretive Walks March to October 2019

click calendar to enlargeThe 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.

APRIL 6 to 21 programs:

Guided programs every weekend:

Seawolf Saturdays-- 10am first parking lot Lighthouse Loop
Take a walk on the wild side! Investigate the lives of 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. Meet at the Whale Lot trailhead along the Lighthouse Loop

Seashore Sundays-- 10am park at Big Beach Frog Lot
Let’s explore the seashore! How many species of plants and animals can you think of that live in the ocean or on the beach? You never know what creatures we may find! Rubber boots or sturdy footwear is highly recommended. Meet at Big Beach picnic area, Matterson and Marine Drive

 

Sample Programs starting in May 2019:

Sea WOLVES:
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

Beneath the BOG:
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

Silva JohanssonTreasures of the TIDE:

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.

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.

BUILD-A-WHALE with Strawberry Isle Research Societywhale bones
Special event 10am to noon at Big Beach Park: March 24th
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 picnic shelter for this family friendly event. Parking is at Marine and Matterson Road.

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS: Check back for future walks

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.

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.

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

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. 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.

Planning ahead?

This sample calendar list our summer walks from last season, a similar bonanza of guided walks are planned for this season. Check back for dates.

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.