Wild Pacific Trail
Less than an hour from the island’s surf mecca of Tofino, the spectacularly scenic Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, which will most definitely leave you with a fuller understanding of the concept of “wild.” The trail offers diverse options for experiencing forest bathing—at various levels of physical intensity. Start with the Lighthouse Loop Trail, a gentle 2.6-kilometre (1.6-mile) walk that passes by—you guessed it!—an old lighthouse, at Amphitrite Point, which dates back to 1915 and still remains active (the area gets more than 260 cm (69 in) of rainfall a year and is a well-known spot for storm-watching). When you get there, take a moment to consider the sheer power of nature’s forces, before you continue on. The next, more challenging section of the trail, runs one way along the edge of dramatic rocky cliffs, offering fantastic views of the powerful Pacific Ocean pounding the shore. The final section of the trail includes a short loop through an old-growth forest of Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and giant red cedars. Notice your energy settle as you bask in the presence of these old-growth trees, many of which have witnessed the coming and going of seasons for more than 800 years.