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“Best of both worlds”
Review of Schooner Cove

Schooner Cove
Ranked #5 of 52 things to do in Tofino
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 18 September 2013

If you want the best of the forest and the beach this is your trail. It should take you about an hour each way and try and time it with a low tide.

Thank KimDurban
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Beautiful short boardwalk trail and an amazing sunset on the beach. No one else on the beach with us; very peaceful and lovely.

Thank Andrea U
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

This is a hike that is about both the journey and destination. The journey is a beautiful, boardwalked stroll through rain forest that beats, in my opinion, the scenery on both trails marked Rain Forest. The hike ends at a breathtaking, surprisingly uncrowded coved beach. If you like to shoot landscapes, don't forget your tripod, like I did. I also did not visit at either sunrise or low tide and can easily imagine this being even better at both. If you make one stop in the park, this should be it. But don't forget to buy a pass; the ticket-writers always are out in force!

Thank Glenn N
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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.

1  Thank TakoTim
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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.

2  Thank Sanderella97
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