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“Best hike”
Review of Schooner Cove

Schooner Cove
Ranked #5 of 52 things to do in Tofino
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Owner description: Considered by many to be one of the best boardwalk hikes around, you will be immersed in the natural serenity of the temperate rainforest. You can take the easy stairs to the beach, where you can gaze at the gentle waves crashing in. During low tide, an inviting passage presents itself so you can make your way to a small island where you may find bald eagles soaring above. Schooners Cove is nothing less than invigorating and rejuvinating. Truly a picturesque adventure.
Calgary, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best hike”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

Love his place especially if you go by 8:00 am and find yourself alone. Low tide gets you up close and personal with starfish, sea urchins, and mussel beds. The board walk in is 1km long with lots of stairs and can be slippery. Anyone with a mobility issue will find this a challenge or impossible.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Fantastic forrest, ocean, views, everything!”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

Out of all the hikes we did on Vancouver Island, this was by far the most rewarding. But it's true, you MUST go at low tide. Park at the trail entrance about an hour or two before the tide is fully out. By the time you get through the beautiful forest trail (the only more stunning forest trail is the Rainforest Trail just south of Schooner's Cove).

Make sure you're wearing water-friendly hiking shoes and shorts if the weather is warm. By the time you reach the beach, the climbing and exploring along the rocks is by far the most fun. Tons of those sticky green urchins and even more mussles and starfish than seen anywhere else on the peninsula. Crabs, you name it! This might also be one of the best places to watch the sun set, simply due to the surrounding scenery.

The beach was quiet, no surfers, not many young children, and the perfect place to spend a few hours.

Visited August 2013
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The Woodlands
Level 6 Contributor
192 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Favorite hike of Pacific Rim National Park”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

Most of the hikes we did in this park we thought were average. But this one was well worth it. Over 350 steps and a beautiful boardwalk through beautiful rainforest and ending at an uncrowded cove beach. We enjoyed all the hiking up and down the steps while gazing at beautiful scenery.

Visited August 2013
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Newport Pagnell, Bucks
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“We saw Elephant Seals on the beach!”
Reviewed 16 August 2013

Great walk through the rainforest to reach and beautiful and almost deserted beach. Stunning driftwood everywhere, but the moulting Elephant Seal was a definite highlight!

Visited June 2013
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Absolutely stunning”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Easy to find on the Pacific Rim Highway with a huge car park. We visited on Canada Day and parking was free (you normally have to purchase a park pass from the machine in the car park).
We found the hike through the rainforest a bit strenuous but worth it for the end result. At the end of the trail you have to climb over some logs to get the beach and then Wow! Miles of sandy beach with rocky outcrops and islands. We were there on a hot public holiday and hardly saw anyone else. Most of the time we were there it was just us and a Bald Eagle sitting in a tree - fabulous. Have to say that this was one of my favourite places on Earth.

Visited July 2013
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