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“the wild side” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Walk the Wild Side Trail

Walk the Wild Side Trail
Ranked #24 of 53 things to do in Tofino
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Owner description: 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!
Nanaimo, Canada
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“the wild side”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

its been a few years since walking this trail, beautiful trails and lots lichens and moss hanging from the trees

Visited February 2012
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dira-the-explorer
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“be prepared for mud”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2011

a rustic trail, perfect for the fit and adventurous, you will get muddy

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Vancouver, Canada
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“Well worth the journey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2011

Walk the Wild Side trail is my favorite spot on Vancouver Island for either a backpacking trip or a day trip from Tofino. A 45 min boat ride from Tofino, Wild Side winds its way along the roughly ten beaches of the south side of Flores Island Wild Side epitomizes rugged west coast beauty and wildlife. Each beach has its own personality. The last trip I camped at three of them and all offer their benefits. The last beach, Cow Bay, has great sunsets and a beautiful huge beach. Others which we stayed on have more surf, different rock formations or streams nearby. Wild Side is really quiet since few people know about it and you can have a whole beach to yourself which is awesome. Also, you don't have to book and reserve like the West Coast Trail and its cheap which is great. If backpacking, three days is a good amount of time to spend on the trail. The hike is relatively easy with little elevation gain/loss. There are bear caches in some locations which is a really nice thing to have. The only downside is that there is not much water on the trail. In the summer the only good place to access water is a stream near the end by Cow Bay. This is not a big deal, you just have to pack lots of water and refill at the stream by Cow Bay. The trail is well maintained and has great staff from the welcoming Ahousaht First Nation. One of the coolest parts of the trail is the signs made by people of the Ahousaht nation which give historical information on how the trail was traditionally used and the spiritual aspects of the area. Be sure to pick up the guide book which has longer stories for each of the signs which is perfect for sharing around a fire. Wild Side is definitely worth the trip to Ahousaht!

Visited August 2010
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