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Take A Walk On The Wild Side Trail With Scenic Views Along The Coast

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It’s no secret that BC has an abundance of scenic hikes and that makes it hard to pick just one. But the Wild Side Trail definitely needs to be added to your BC bucket list if you’re an avid hiker.

Nestled just outside of Tofino, this hidden gem can only be reached by a short water taxi ride over to Flores Island. The 11-KM (one-way) Wild Side Trail takes you through sandy beaches and the lush rainforest.



Whether you hike one-way or do the full 22-KM trek, it’s a relatively easy one as there’s minimal elevation. The trail begins at the quaint First Nations village of Ahousaht and ends at Cow Bay Beach.

You will pass through two incredible parks during the route, including Gibson Marine Provincial Park and Flores Island Marine Provincial Park.

The hike takes anywhere from 3 to 4 hours one-way so it’s best to set aside a whole day here. Plus, with such breathtaking views you will want to spend as much time here as possible so pack a picnic.

For more hikes on Vancouver Island, check out the serene Lone Tree Hill for stunning views of Victoria’s Highlands.


Wild Side Trail

Where: Discover it on Flores Island, located in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island

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