Introducing Long Beach Unit
Attracting the lion's share of visitors, Long Beach Unit is easily accessible by car along the Pacific Rim Hwy. Wide sandy beaches, untamed surf, lots of beachcombing nooks and a living museum of old-growth rainforest are the main reasons for the summer tourist clamor.
The Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre was being redesigned during our visit to the region: check ahead and consider a visit if it's open, since it's a great introduction to the park.
If you're inspired to take a stroll, try one of the following trails, keeping your eyes peeled for swooping bald eagles and shockingly large banana slugs. Safety precautions apply on all trails in the region: tread carefully over slippery surfaces and never turn your back on the mischievous surf.
Long Beach Great scenery along the sandy shore (1.2km; easy).
Rainforest Trail Two interpretive loops through old-growth forest (1km; moderate).
Schooner Trail Through old- and second-growth forests with beach access (1km; moderate).
Shorepine Bog Loops around a moss-layered bog (800m; easy and wheelchair-accessible).
South Beach Through forest to a pebble beach (800m; easy to moderate).
Spruce Fringe Trail Loop trail featuring hardy Sitka spruce (1.5km; moderate).
Wickaninnish Trail Shoreline and forest trail (2.5km; easy to moderate).