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A Local Must-See During Your Black Rock Resort Getaway

Edged by the Insular Mountain Range of Vancouver Island, British Columbia and the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Rim National Park is one of Canada’s natural and cultural treasures. From the majestic coastal mountains to the lush ancient rainforest to the rugged Pacific Coast, Pacific Rim National Park offers a myriad of natural beauty, diverse landscapes, dynamic history and adventure that captivates your spirit. Encompassing 317 square miles of land and sea on the south-west coast of Vancouver Island on the outskirts of Ucluelet, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is made up of three separate regions – Long Beach, Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail – where natural wonders are woven with the legacy of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.

Vancouver Island Hotel on the Edge of Pacific Rim National Park

Sitting on a rocky headland on Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is a captivating destination 2 miles from the wild majesty of Pacific Rim National Park. With breathtaking views of the ocean and rainforest, Black Rock offers nature lovers a front row seat Vancouver Island’s stunning west coast. Enjoy spacious suites with balconies and fireplaces, ocean facing hot tubs, a fitness room and delectable West Coast cuisine at Fetch Restaurant and Float Lounge. Rejuvenate your senses at Drift Spa, enjoy wine tasting in the Wine Cellar, and host celebrations and events in the elegant Rainforest Ballroom. Escape to Black Rock Oceanfront Resort – set in nature, designed for comfort.

Explore Pacific Rim National Park

Explore the magnificent seashore with miles of winding coastal trails and pristine sandy beaches. Feel sand between your toes, see eagles soaring overhead and marvel at the ocean stretching to the horizon. Ramble over headlands, gaze at life in the tidepools, and watch the fury of the sea against the rocks. Experience a vast rainforest of twisted trees, vivid green moss hanging from towering Sitka spruce, and arching ferns. Pacific Rim offers an abundance of marine and land activities, including fishing, birding, hiking, cycling, kayaking, and whale watching. Take a voyage to the Broken Group Islands, hike through rainforests and long scenic beaches, and bike along the Pacific Rim Highway.

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Pacific Rim National Park Regions

Long Beach Unit

Stretching the coast from Tofino to Ucluelet, the Long Beach Region is a magical destination for outdoor adventures – from fishing to kayaking to whale watching. The area features the sands of Long Beach, 7.5 miles of trails that run through the shoreline, intertidal areas, bogs and temperate rainforest, Green Point, Florencia and Wreck Beach, Wickaninnish Beach and Wickaninnish Beach Interpretive Centre with a theatre and exhibits on native wildlife, plants, culture, and history.

Broken Group Islands Unit

An archipelago of over a hundred islands and rocks throughout Barkley Sound, Broken Group Islands is a boating and kayaking paradise. Explore dozens of waterways, channels, sheltered coves and bays that reveal breathtaking scenery and wildlife. Accessible only by boat, this fantastic destination is a haven for boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing and whale, seal and sea lion watching. Enjoy guided tours and activities for boundless adventure.

West Coast Trail

The 47-mile West Coast Trail follows the southwest coast of Vancouver Island from Port Renfrew to Bamfield. Named the best hike in the world by BestHike.com, the rugged trail winds through a challenging terrain of sandy and rocky beaches, rainforest, bogs, deep mud, high ladders, surge channels and headlands, where cliffs descend into the sea. Hikers pass old growth trees, tall waterfalls, streams and exposed shelf and boulders. Hikers enjoy stunning views of Pacific Ocean, Olympic Peninsula and Carmanah Lighthouse. To cross rivers and streams, hikers ride cable cars, trek over fallen logs or pass by boat. Access sections of the trail by the trail bus, water taxi and float plane.

Wild Pacific Trail

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Ucluelet’s Unforgettable Vacation Attraction for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Located in the District of Ucluelet, Wild Pacific Trail skirts the rugged cliffs and shoreline of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Overlooking Barclay Sound and the Broken Group Islands to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the south and west, the trail system offers spectacular shoreline panoramas and seaward vistas through ancient cedar and spruce framed platforms on headlands along the route. Divided into 3 sections – Lighthouse Loop, Big Beach and Brown’s Beach – the massive trail gives hikers unforgettable views of the ocean’s fury. The next phases will extend the trail to Half Moon Bay in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Hikers wander through old growth forests of massive trees, gigantic logs, twisted roots, mosses, fungi, lichens and ferns creating startling images of nature imitating art. The ever-changing outer coast offers intense views of storms above the surge channels and outer reefs pounded by ocean swells. During the gray whale migration from February through May, whales are spotted just offshore as well as sea lions, seals, and otters playing in the surf.

The Wild Pacific Trail is accessed right from the Black Rock Resort property! Ask guest service for a trail map before your hike.

Wild Pacific Trail Accommodations

Perched on the coastal headlands – steps from the Wild Pacific Trail – Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is a West Coast destination where comfort and natural tranquility blend in perfect harmony. Our Wild Pacific Trail Suites are separate accommodations from our Main Lodge- with direct access to the Wild Pacific Trail. With magical views of the ocean and rainforest, Black Rock offers nature lovers a window to Vancouver Island’s Wild Pacific Trail. Enjoy nature views from accommodations with balconies and fireplaces, outdoor pool and hot tubs overlooking the ocean, a fitness room and wonderful West Coast cuisine at Fetch Restaurant and Float Lounge. Host your special events and celebrations in the elegant Rainforest Ballroom. After you hike the Wild Pacific Trail, rejuvenate at Drift Spa or soak in the outdoor hot tubs. A perfect way to end an adventurous afternoon on the Wild Pacific Trail.

Wild Pacific Trail Sections

Lighthouse Loop

This 2.41 km section of the Wild Pacific Trail can be walked in a 30-45 minute loop. Hikers journey through a mossy rainforest to a scenic trail along the edge of the coastline past dramatic views of Barkley Sound, Amphitrite Lighthouse and the exposed coast. Viewpoints and benches are perfect for watching whales, birds or catching sunsets. The He-Tin-Kis Park trail also has stunning views with a short trail on a boardwalk path with stairs to rocky beaches.

Big Beach Section

Starting at the popular Big Beach recreational area, this very scenic 3-mile path winds along the coast and through the rainforest down to a several pebble beaches. Turn right up the stairs to the boardwalk overlook, cross the bridge over Marine Drive past Black Rock Resort to the beautiful coastline trail.

Brown’s Beach Section

Starting at the new parking lot just past Black Rock Resort on Marine Drive, hikers follow a short section of a forested trail to the 5.5 – 8.4 kmwilderness coastal trail. Take a scenic path right along the coastline for stunning ocean views, or walk a loop via the forested access trails to Forbes Road sports field or exit at the Pacific Rim Highway. Turn right to walk the bike path back to town.

Driving Directions

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To reach Ucluelet by car from the British Columbia mainland, you’ll first need to take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay, or Tsawwassen, to Nanaimo. The Horseshoe Bay terminal is north of Vancouver and this ferry route takes just under 2 hours while the Tsawwassen terminal is south of the city, closer to the USA border and it takes just a little over 2 hours. The Horseshoe Bay ferry arrives at the Departure Bay terminal in Nanaimo while the Tsawwassen ferry arrives at the Duke Point terminal just about 15 minutes south of the city.

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Driving from Nanaimo

Your overall travel time from Nanaimo to Black Rock will range between 2.5 and 3 hours.

  • Travel north on Highway 19 for 43 km (26 miles),
  • Take Exit 60 onto Highway 4 (also known as the Pacific Rim Highway) heading west for 156 km (97 miles). You will drive through spectacular Cathedral Grove, historic Port Alberni (drive straight downhill and turn right at the junction/river), and on the winding road around Sproat and Kennedy Lakes. You will also drive through scenic Sutton Pass, at an altitude of 250m (850 feet) – where we especially recommend heeding to the speed limit. Travel westward until you come to the junction between Tofino and Ucluelet.
  • Turn left at the Tofino/Ucluelet junction and drive south towards Ucluelet for 8 km (5 miles).
  • Once you enter the town of Ucluelet, continue down the road until you reach Matterson Drive. At this intersection you will notice the Fire Station as well as the local high school.
  • Make a right turn at this point and follow the road approximately 500 yards to the stop sign. Big Beach will be directly in front of you.
  • Make a right turn on Marine Drive and continue through the next stop sign and Rainforest. Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is located approximately 500 yards from Big Beach.

Driving from the Comox Valley Airport

Your overall travel time from the Comox Valley Airport to Black Rock will be approximately 3 hours.

  • Turn right at the airport entrance onto Knight Road.
  • Turn right at the intersection onto Military Row (drive approximately 2 kms). At the next stop sign, turn left onto Ryan Road.
  • Continue on Ryan Road (past Home Depot and down the hill), watching for signs indicating Nanaimo.
  • Turn left just past the Superstore complex following the road to the 17th St bridge, where you will turn right.
  • While on the bridge, get into the left hand turning lanes.
  • Turn left onto Cliffe Avenue, and continue to follow signage that will direct you to turn right onto the 29th St connector. After turning right onto the connector, continue until you see signs that direct you to Highway 19 southbound toward Nanaimo.
  • Once on Highway 19 South, watch for signs pointing you to Highway 4 West toward Port Alberni/Pacific Rim National Park Reserve/Tofino/Ucluelet, and exit in this direction.
  • Once on Highway 4, you will drive through spectacular Cathedral Grove, historic Port Alberni (drive straight downhill and turn right at the junction/river), and around Sproat and Kennedy Lakes. You will also drive through scenic Sutton Pass, at an altitude of 250m (850 feet) – where we especially recommend heeding to the speed limit. Travel westward until you come to the junction between Tofino and Ucluelet.
  • Turn left at the Tofino/Ucluelet junction and drive south towards Ucluelet for 8 km (5 miles).
  • Once you enter the town of Ucluelet, continue down the road until you reach Matterson Drive. At this intersection you will notice the Fire Station as well as the local high school. Make a right turn at this point and follow the road approximately 500 yards to the stop sign. Big Beach will be directly in front of you.
  • Make a right turn on Marine Drive and continue through the next stop sign and Rainforest. Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is located approximately 500 yards from Big Beach.
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Transportation

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The West Coast of Vancouver Island is an easy escape from Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino and Washington State with exciting landscapes and attractions to see on your journey. Take a scenic drive, flight or ferry and discover the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

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  • Tofino – 40 Minutes
  • Port Alberni – 1.5 Hours
  • Nanaimo – 2.5 – 3 Hours
  • Victoria – 4 Hours

Transportation to Ucluelet

  • Tofino Bus: Bus service from Victoria to Ucluelet daily. Phone: (866) 986-3466; Web www.tofinobus.com
  • Budget Car Rentals: Pick up and drop off locations in Ucluelet & Tofino Airport. Phone: (250) 725-2060; Web www.bcbudget.com
  • Pacific Rim Navigators-Shuttle Service: Phone: (250) 725-8399; Web www.pacificrimnavigators.com
  • BC Ferries: Phone (888) BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779); Web www.bcferries.com
  • KD Air: Scheduled flights from Tofino Airport to Vancouver International. Phone: (800) 665-4244; Web www.kdair.com
  • Orca Airways: Daily flights from Tofino Airport to Vancouver International. Phone: (888) 359-6722; Web www.flyorcaair.com
  • Pacific Seaplanes: Scheduled flights from Port Alberni and tours from the Ucluelet Harbour. Phone: (250) 616-5858; Web www.pacificseaplanes.ca
  • Seattle, Washington Ferries: Washington State Ferry and Victoria Clipper

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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

PO Box 310, 596 Marine Drive

Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0

Reservations: 877-762-5011
Contact: 250-726-4800
Fax: 250-726-2430

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