"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.

whale teeth?

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. You can also visit our Trail naturalist on Friday’s and Saturday’s 1-3pm at the lighthouse Discovery Tent.

July program descriptions:

Join a naturalist guided program daily as follows:

RainCOAST Walk: Tuesdays (biweekly) until September
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: Alternating Tuesdaysuntil September
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.

sea wolfSEAWOLF WALK Wednesdays-- 10am Whale parking lot
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.


TALKING TREES and Magic Mosses: Thursdays
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 JohanssonTIDEPOOL DISCOVERY with the Ucluelet Aquarium: Fridays
Meet at the picnic area at Big Beach Park 10 am.
Back by popular demand. Join a fantastic tidepool exploration at Big Beach led by two Ucluelet Aquarium Guides. Gumboots or sturdy shoes will protect your feet from sharp rocks, please avoid flip-flops! This walk inspires respect for unseen creatures.

Tidepool and Beach Exploration: Friday June 28th
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.

Special Guest walks in July!

SEABIRD SPECIALwith Special Guest Ian Cruickshank 10am July 14, 2019
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.

whale bonesBUILD-A-WHALE with Strawberry Isle Research Society July 20th 10 to 2 pm. Special presentation at 11am

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.

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

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.

Planning ahead?

This sample calendar list our August 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.