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Walk the Wild Side Trail

Ahousaht, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-913-0022
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Amazing Hike through beaches and lush forest

I did this trail this past weekend and it blew me away. Transportation to Flores Island was as... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
Hannah B
Must do hike

This was an absolutely incredible over night hike. Make sure you ask for a map at the office (we... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2017
Victoria, Canada
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Walk the Wild Side is a 11km hike historically used by the Ahousaht people. Visitors now have the opportunity to experience the culture of the trail while hiking along forest boardwalk and 8 gorgeous beaches. Used by the Ahousaht people for thousands of years, Walk the Wild Side Trail is an 11km escape into the remote wilderness of Clayoquot Sound. First restored in the early 1990’s, Walk the Wild Side Trail has developed into must-see ecotourism destination for those visiting Tofino and Ucluelet. Take a tour through the Maaqtusiis reserve and then head out on to the trail with your Ahousaht Heritage Trail guidebook for the ultimate cultural experience!
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Ahousaht, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

I did this trail this past weekend and it blew me away. Transportation to Flores Island was as simple as walking to the dock and asking around. The locals are extremely friendly and welcoming. The trail itself is breathtaking, through green canopies and along the...More

1  Thank Hannah B
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

This was an absolutely incredible over night hike. Make sure you ask for a map at the office (we ended up getting lost on the trail of tears thinking it was the next cut through). The people of Ahousat are so very welcoming. We timed...More

1  Thank LMR82
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

We did this hike this past week. It was a wonderful hike, with a number of different beaches and fabulous big trees. Highly recommended.

Thank Evelyn H
Reviewed 16 May 2017

I've done this trail 5 times, and love it. The staff are so friendly and helpful. You cross seven beaches to get to Cow Bay! Try to time it, though, when there's a low tide so that you can ford the river just north of...More

Thank johnyoung22222
Reviewed 27 April 2017

a wonderful trail around a variety of seascapes, everything from right beside the roaring ocean to cliffs overlooking bays where you can look out for miles-and maybe see a whale spout!

Thank Cabbie4110
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Flores Island, near Tofino. Take a water-taxi in Tofino, pay a trail-fee. You can choose " sleep in the lodge or the forest". The trail is long, magic, ...you will probably be aloneee.....with the wolves. ;) . Recommendation: respect the wild trail and keep your...More

2  Thank TeresaBCN29
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is an easy walk along the coastline. Information boards along the way, lots of benches to sit and reflect and take in the views. Endless opportunities for taking photos. Excellent for everyone.

Thank Lorraine A
Reviewed 13 October 2016

I have walked the Wild Side at least 50 times. It is my serenity. Walk a beach and then walk through the rain forest to come to another beach. Keep doing this. Each beach is different and each hike through the forest is different. Be...More

Thank spiritbear07
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This walk should not be missed if you are on Vancouver Island. Gorgeous forest and ocean views. Relatively easy trail to the lighthouse. We did not go on the longer trail but would love to if we are ever back in this area. I cannot...More

Thank mhcil
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We've been wanting to visit the raw Pacific coast for a long time and picked this trail for an up-close experience. This is really remote and isn't somewhere you'll visit on the spur of the moment, but if you want to see the "real" coast...More

1  Thank DavidMattern
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14 September 2017|
Response from Cabbie4110 | Reviewed this property |
it's a year-round trail, I think it's only closed in serious wind storms
4 February 2017|
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Response from spiritbear07 | Reviewed this property |
I have been hiking this trail for 14 years and have never seen a cougar or bear. I do have pictures of cougar prints though. Once the Ahousaht people came and tracked me down because a cougar and I had crossed paths each of... More
27 December 2015|
Response from Cabbie4110 | Reviewed this property |
you don't need a guide, well marked trail with view points and rest areas.