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    Tonquin Trail

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    3.2 km
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    67 m
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    Tonquin Trail

    The Tonquin Trail is a 3.2 km out-and-back hiking route near Tofino, BC, that passes through a lovely stretch of forest terrain on the way to several beach lookouts. The trail is primarily made up of well-maintained gravel paths along relatively flat terrain, making it ideal for hikers of all skill levels. Combine this hike with a fun day at the beach or time it perfectly to enjoy a picturesque sunset over the water.

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    Route Description for Tonquin Trail

    Hiking along the Tonquin Trail will provide some breathtaking views over the water that you won’t soon forget. The route is easy enough to follow, even without the many hikers that frequent the trail. For this reason, it’s best to arrive early to the trailhead or attempt the route at off-peak hours for a bit of seclusion in the beachside atmosphere.

    The trail sets out from Tofino and passes through some slightly hilly and forested terrain on the way to the coast. Here, the trail branches off in all directions, depending on which beach hikers would like to access. The route first passes by Tonquin Beach before continuing along the water’s edge towards Third Beach. You will find a beautiful viewpoint overlooking Middle Beach at the end of the trail a little further along. With so many opportunities to look out over the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, you will likely have a difficult time dragging yourself away from the serene coastal atmosphere to head back along the trail to reality.

    Getting to the Tonquin Trail Trailhead

    To reach the parking area for the Tonquin Trail from Tofino, head south on First Street for 550 m and turn left onto Arnet Road. You will find the trailhead straight ahead at 270 m.

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      Yes - On Leash

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      Out and back

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