Long Beach Vancouver Island is one of the best beaches in all of British Columbia. This six-mile-long beach on Vancouver Island's southwest coast is actually connected to a series of other beaches, and it helps to comprise the Pacific Rim National Park. This park also consists of two other main units, the likes of which are the West Coast Trail and the Broken Group of Islands. The West Coast Trail, it should be noted, is widely regarded as being one of the best hiking trails in the world, while the Broken Group of Islands are known for their diving opportunities.
The Long Beach BC Unit is a collection of beaches that include Long Beach proper. The other beaches are Radar Beach, Combers Beach, and Wickaninnish Beach. These beaches run successively from north to south, and their total length is approximately fifteen miles. Long Beach itself is the most easily accessible beach in the Long Beach Unit, and this has a lot to do with its location between Tofino and Ucluelet. Some excellent accommodations are available in Tofino. The village is also known for its surfing culture, not to mention its fishing, whale watching, and camping possibilities. Since Long Beach Vancouver Island gets more than its fair share of surf, it is a major surfing hot spot. This is especially true during the peak summer season. Many surfing operations work in the area. You can even find an excellent Surf Camp and an all-women's surf school at Long Beach Vancouver Island.
Long Beach BC sits on beautiful Wickaninnish Bay, and thanks to its rather lengthy stretch, it can feel uncrowded even when it's busy. On busier days, surfers tend to share the waters with sea kayakers, while those on dry land often find themselves tossing discs to one another, flying kites, and jogging. The area in general offers many options for things to do during the warmer season, so staying busy on the side won't be hard when you're not swimming, surfing, or enjoying other beach activities. A round at the 9-hole Long Beach Golf Course is worth considering if you like to play golf, for example, and anyone who is interested in the Pacific Rim region won't want to miss the interpretive exhibits that are on hand at the Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre.
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