Walk the Wild Side Trail
Walk the Wild Side Trail
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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!
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Anne W
Victoria, BC22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Great hike. Hard to find the trail. Got dropped off but Atleo Air and pilot did not know where the trail started. Wondered for 45 minutes to find it. If you pay the trail fee in Tofino, some locals tried to scam us and make us pay them a fee. On the trail, the views are spectacular,
Written 14 July 2018
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hamasi
Santa Barbara, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Friends
This was a magical experience. Anna set up everything and was there personally to greet us. We were picked up by boat in Tofino harbor by Danny. After a 30 min boat trip, we toured the Ahousat village to learn all about their beautiful culture and see the amazing progress tourist is having in the community. We met a bunch of cute village pups too! We then hiked the trail. Even though it was raining, it was the most serene and gorgeous site. Be prepared for some tougher spots but overall an easy hike. Danny met us in Cow Bay and took us back to Tofino. You can hike back or camp that night and hike back in the morning. Either way... a must do!
Written 1 July 2018
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cindysink42
Seattle, WA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2018 • Family
This hike is well laid out but takes you through pristine forests and beaches. The rain misted as it should for a rainforest but then would clear to gorgeous sunshine. It’s a must-do for your list.
Written 30 June 2018
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Hannah B
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
I did this trail this past weekend and it blew me away. Transportation to Flores Island was as simple as walking to the dock and asking around. The locals are extremely friendly and welcoming. The trail itself is breathtaking, through green canopies and along the ocean. It is a good idea to pay attention to tides, on the way there we had to take the upper trail due to high tide but on the way back we took the beachside trail. We spent one night at Cow Bay and camped on the beach which was amazing to wake up to.
Written 11 August 2017
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LMR82
Victoria, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
This was an absolutely incredible over night hike. Make sure you ask for a map at the office (we ended up getting lost on the trail of tears thinking it was the next cut through). The people of Ahousat are so very welcoming. We timed it so that we could walk most of the trail at low tide, walking on the white sand beaches with a few short rock scrambles. Crossing the first river at the mouth it was only ankle deep. We had the trail pretty much to ourselves. Take plenty of water as the only drinkable water source is at the end of the trail. We will absolutely be doing this hike again and again and highly recommend it to anyone who is travelling to Tofino!
Written 24 May 2017
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Evelyn H
Nanaimo, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
We did this hike this past week. It was a wonderful hike, with a number of different beaches and fabulous big trees. Highly recommended.
Written 19 May 2017
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johnyoung22222
Nanaimo, Canada230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2016 • Friends
I've done this trail 5 times, and love it. The staff are so friendly and helpful. You cross seven beaches to get to Cow Bay! Try to time it, though, when there's a low tide so that you can ford the river just north of Whitesands Cove. You need about a midway tide to wade across. (The best place is near the mouth.) The trail is a bit bushy in places, and the boardwalk can be slippery. If you happen not to have a low tide and have to take the Trail of Tears, it's bushy and slow-going, but doesn't add time to the hike; it's just not pleasant. We've seen wolves, close-up, and whales, and of course eagles and other birds. I like camping at Cow Bay (there are 3 tent platforms in the trees and a bear cache) where there is fresh water. From Cow Bay, you can go north and past Cow River where there are squatters cabins, although the trail can be hard to follow because the squatters have hidden part of the trail. Past there, though, the beach-side scrambling is wonderful.
Written 15 May 2017
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Carol B
Courtenay, Canada78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
a wonderful trail around a variety of seascapes, everything from right beside the roaring ocean to cliffs overlooking bays where you can look out for miles-and maybe see a whale spout!
Written 27 April 2017
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TeresaBCN29
Barcelona, Spain40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016
Flores Island, near Tofino. Take a water-taxi in Tofino, pay a trail-fee. You can choose " sleep in the lodge or the forest". The trail is long, magic, ...you will probably be aloneee.....with the wolves. ;) . Recommendation: respect the wild trail and keep your garbage. Keep it clean.
Written 3 January 2017
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Lorraine A
Delta137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This is an easy walk along the coastline. Information boards along the way, lots of benches to sit and reflect and take in the views. Endless opportunities for taking photos. Excellent for everyone.
Written 22 October 2016
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