National Pacific Rim Hike - one of the top hikes on Vancouver Island. Check out the beauty!
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Travel: National Pacific Rim Hike

National Pacific Rim Hike - one of the top hikes on Vancouver Island. Check out the beauty!

National Pacific Rim hike – such beauty. This hike was about 7-8 kilometres and took us just over 2 hours, yet we stopped for a picnic and took our time. When we bought our park pass the park ranger told us one of the nicest hike was to combine trail 3, 4, and 5, walking back to our car on Wick Road. Great advice! We ate lunch just before trail 5 and added the road portion to the end of our trail. Okay, let’s check out some photos!

Below is a map of what we did, from the P on the top left, all the way around in a big counter-clockwise circle. If you want more info, check out the Parks Canada site – they’re a great resource.

Beach Signs: 3ten.ca

National Pacific Rim Hike

National Pacific Rim Hike - one of the top hikes on Vancouver Island. Check out the beauty!
National Pacific Rim Hike - one of the top hikes on Vancouver Island. Check out the beauty!
National Pacific Rim Hike - one of the top hikes on Vancouver Island. Check out the beauty!

From beaches, to large cedars, to fallen trees covered in moss, this place is glorious. The air is fresh (and full of saltiness) with a mild breeze coming off the ocean keeping the pesky bugs at bay.

National Pacific Rim Hike - one of the top hikes on Vancouver Island. Check out the beauty!

Stairs!? What, are we on the West Coast Trail? Pretty much – it’s the exact same national park, just further north, and not so remote. We didn’t find any ladders, though. I’ll admit, I wasn’t sad about that at all.

National Pacific Rim Hike - one of the top hikes on Vancouver Island. Check out the beauty!
National Pacific Rim Hike - one of the top hikes on Vancouver Island. Check out the beauty!

Don’t worry, we got some photos of ourselves! This was, however, our first hike and I’ll admit, we were so taken aback by the feeling of ‘yes, this is where we should be’ that we nearly forgot to take photos. It’s been so long since we travelled, that we had to remember to snag a few fun shots!

Hey – look over there?! Yup, that’s me for most of the hike.

National Pacific Rim Hike - one of the top hikes on Vancouver Island. Check out the beauty!
National Pacific Rim Hike - one of the top hikes on Vancouver Island. Check out the beauty!

Bryce is so excited to be on vacation – can’t you tell!?

At the end, we walked back down on the beach to take in all the beauty.

National Pacific Rim Hike - one of the top hikes on Vancouver Island. Check out the beauty!
Pacific Coast Beach: 3ten.ca

In the end, we had a great hike. Lunch was toasted sandwiches with jalapeƱo hummus, avocado slices, chef spouts with cheddar cheese. Add in some cotton candy grapes and a few chips, such a great mid-way picnic.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you get to stretch your legs today! Hike up and enjoy the weekend.

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