"Honouring & celebrating Tofino's rich history"


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Tonquin Trail is an easy ‘out and back’ gravel trail which includes beautiful views of Clayoquot Sound. The trail begins at the Tofino Community Hall and meanders through old-growth forest to Tonquin Beach and Third Beach, respecting the local ecosystem and reflecting the spirit of the community. This trail makes a lovely family outing for visitors and residents.


Presently the trail is 2.6 kilometres round-trip.

Viewpoints are often best seen at the end of short spurs.



Community Hall to Tonquin Beach

850 m


Community Hall to Lookout

1 km


Community Hall to Third Beach

1.3 km


Round trip

2.6 km


45 minutes to one hour round trip


Moderate, some areas of steep gradient and stairs


Not suitable for walkers or wheelchairs


Tofino Community Hall: 351 Arnet Road, Tofino


The starting point for the trail is the Tofino Community Hall. Parking for bikes and cars is available. Map, washrooms and bike park adjacent to trailhead.


Tonquin Beach

Tonquin Beach:

A wide sandy beach, suitable for walking, swimming, and viewing tidal pools. Please take only photos and leave only footprints in this beautiful south-west facing beach.


Panoramic views

Maze Lookout:

Stunning panoramic views can be had from this lookout over Templar Channel, Wickaninnish Island, and the site of the wreck of the Tonquin. Lennard Island is also visible, home to our lighthouse.

Third Beach:

A small, sandy pocket beach at low tide, perfect for quiet reflection.


Please note!

dash Park at Community Hall.
dash Keep dogs on leash.
dash No bikes.
dash No campfires or camping on the trail, beach or park.
dash Please do not remove any sea creatures.
dash Please remove all garbage and recyclables.


Please use these guidelines for hiking on the trail:

dash This is a foot path trail. Bicycles and powered vehicles are
restricted to maintenance and enforcement personnel only.
dash Please do not remove any sea creatures.
dash Pets must be on a leash at all times.

dash Liquor, camping and fires are not permitted as per
provincial and district by-laws.


Trail tips:

Have fun with your family and come back again soon!


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