Half Moon Bay and Florencia Bay

Located in Pacific Rim National Park, these three beaches are worth checking out. They are about 2 kilometers south of the Tofino-Ucluelet junction. Coming from Ucluelet turn left on Willowbrae Road, and the parking lot and trailhead are at the end of the road. It is about a 20-minute trek to the fork for either Half Moon Bay or Florencia Bay, also known locally as Wreck Beach.

Halfmoon Bay is secluded with a sandy, steep beach which is best visited at low tide. Then you'll see many tidal pools where inter-tidal life abounds. To reach the tide pools, walk to the left at the end of the stairs to the rocks along the edge of the cove.

Florencia/Wreck Beach is a 5-kilometer long beach with another access at the north end via Wick Road. Florencia and Wreck beaches are favorites of local surfers. You'll need to watch for tides on this beach as well, with the best time to visit at low tide. Long Beach, Vancouver Island's iconic beach, is located in Wickaninnish Bay, just to the north of Florencia Bay.