We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Ahousaht, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 250-913-0022
Website
Description:

Walk the Wild Side is a 11km hike historically used by the Ahousaht people....

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!

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 41 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 3
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Amazing Trail

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
TeresaBCN29
,
Barcelona, Spain
Add Photo Write a Review

41 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 37: English reviews
Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

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.

Helpful?
2 Thank TeresaBCN29
Delta
Level Contributor
59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

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.

Helpful?
Thank Lorraine A
Ladysmith, Canada
Level Contributor
23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I have walked the Wild Side at least 50 times. It is my serenity. Walk a beach and then walk through the rain forest to come to another beach. Keep doing this. Each beach is different and each hike through the forest is different. Be aware that there are cougars and wolves as you are walking in their home. The... More 

Helpful?
Thank spiritbear07
Armonk, New York
Level Contributor
31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This walk should not be missed if you are on Vancouver Island. Gorgeous forest and ocean views. Relatively easy trail to the lighthouse. We did not go on the longer trail but would love to if we are ever back in this area. I cannot say enough about the natural beauty of this area. We were there in late August... More 

Helpful?
Thank mhcil
Seattle
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We've been wanting to visit the raw Pacific coast for a long time and picked this trail for an up-close experience. This is really remote and isn't somewhere you'll visit on the spur of the moment, but if you want to see the "real" coast this is it. It isn't easy to get to - we first traveled to Tofino... More 

Helpful?
Thank DavidMattern
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
124 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

I camped on two parts of this trail this summer--at Cow Bay on the north end and Whitesand Cove on the south end. I was kayaking from Tofino to Hot Springs Cove, taking the outer route going out and the inner route coming back. This is one of my favourite trips because of the challenges of the water as well... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank Lesly D
Frankfurt, Germany
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

my family spent a day with a great hike, accompanied by the local man John, who lives there in Ahousat on Flores Island. It was a great experience to learn from Jihn about the rich history as also about the specifics in fauna and flora. Can only recommend

Helpful?
2 Thank Jörg P
Milan, Italy
Level Contributor
122 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed this wonderful walk long more than 10 km (one way). Wild forests combined with fantastic beaches and majestic landscapes. Remember water, food and camera. Don't take the shortcuts if you are not trained.

Helpful?
2 Thank Elena G
Tofino, Canada
Level Contributor
171 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

We were dropped off on Flores Island by a very accomodating zodiac driver and his crew at Siwash, close to Cow Bay. We spent 3 days on the beaches there and on the last day hiked the wild side trail back to Ahousat. A very special part of the world. If you want to go hiking in west coast wilderness,... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank wolfcruise
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Level Contributor
43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

The Wild Side Trail contains most of the nicest beaches I have ever seen on Vancouver Island, and the best part is you rarely see another soul while hiking them. Very easy trail to hike. If you plan it right, with low tides on your side, you can skip some of the trail and get to Cow Bay quite a... More 

Helpful?
Thank NicoleAJM

Travellers who viewed Walk the Wild Side Trail also viewed

Tofino, Clayoquot Sound
Tofino, Clayoquot Sound
 
Tofino, Clayoquot Sound
 

Been to Walk the Wild Side Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Walk the Wild Side Trail and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Walk the Wild Side Trail staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?