- Distance 0.8km
- Elevation Gain flat
- Camping No
Consisting entirely of boardwalks, the 0.8-kilometre Bog Trail is a very family-friendly hiking loop that is stroller and wheelchair accessible. The bog, itself, is a unique ecosystem in Pacific Rim National Park, as only a few plant species are able to survive in the acidic soil found here.
One of the most prominent types of vegetation that thrives in this bog is Sphagnum moss, which covers most of the surface and can be one to two meters thick - and up to 400 years old. The sole type of tree that is able to survive the lack of nutrients and minerals within this unique area of Vancouver Island is the Shore Pine. Here, you'll find Shore Pine trees growing in distinct, interesting and irregular shapes.
To access the Bog Trail, start from the parking lot and walk onto the boardwalk and into the bog area. Here, you may find it helpful to pick up an interpretive brochure that offers more information about the bog, and acts as a guide along the trail (as the marked numbers along the trail correspond with the text in the brochure). At the junction, veer right and continue your walk. Then, loop around in the direction of the junction and turn right for a short walk back to the car.
How to get to Bog Trail
The Bog Trail is located just off Wickaninnish Beach Road, a short distance from Highway #4.
From Tofino: Drive south and into Pacific Rim National Park, passing Long Beach and the Rainforest Trail. Watch for signs to Wickaninnish Bay, and then turn right onto Wickaninnish Beach Road. Drive straight past the first road, then (after a short while) turn left into the parking lot.
From Ucluelet: Drive north along Highway #4, passing the highway junction. Then enter Pacific Rim National Park and watch for signs to Wickaninnish Bay. Turn left onto Wickaninnish Beach Road, then drive straight past the first road and (shortly after) turn left into the parking lot.