Imagine driving at the edge of the continent, with ocean to one side and land stretching out almost endlessly on the other. The drive from Port Alberni to Tofino on British Columbia’s Pacific Rim Highway may not consist entirely of breathtaking vistas and awe-inspiring landscapes, but the sights along the way are amazing enough. Whales and other marine life, vast forests, and bustling towns are only parts of what visitors can encounter.
Travelling on the Pacific Rim Highway is can be an inspiring experience of Vancouver Island’s culture and natural wonders. The 130 kilometres from Tofino to Port Alberni feature opportunities to see whales, tall forests, and the eco-tourism of Clayoquot Sound. Ucuelet is a good place to stop for the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, and visitors to Tofino will not want to miss the town’s Botanical Gardens. Clayoquot Sound has kayaking, while Port Alberni features everything from fishing at China Creek to bird watching at the Somass Estuary project to golfing and exploring museums. Looking at Port Alberni, no one would ever think that the city was devastated by a tsunami in 1964 following an Alaskan earthquake. The city is a fitting final stop on the long stretch of road from Tofino.
The Pacific Rim Highway is more than just a long slab of concrete and asphalt. Along the way, travellers can see how life on Vancouver Island is an interaction of sea and land, of past and present.
|1||Port Alberni to Ucluelet||1 hr 30 min||101 km|
|2||Ucluelet to Tofino||40 min||40 km|
|Total||2 hr 10 min||293 km|