Clayoquot Hiking Trail RatingVargas Island Provincial Park is a popular Kayak camping destination due to its wonderful location close to Tofino.  It has wonderful, wilderness camping for free and a beautiful feeling of remoteness from the world.  And if you are lucky you might see whales pass in the distance from Ahous Bay.  The overgrown and often muddy trail from the Tofino side of Vargas Island to Ahous Bay is 3 kilometres. 

  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProFar quieter than mainland beaches
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProBeach faces the open Pacific
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProCampfire under the stars is wonderful
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProNice & huge beach backed by forest
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProBoat access is via taxi is fun
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProDeep forest trail across the island
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProMany campsite options along the beach
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProMain beach extends to more beaches
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ProFeels like a perfect west coast beach
  • Clayoquot Hiking Trails ConFresh water is very hard to find

Making this an easy day-hike from Tofino or Ucluelet at just 6 kilometres roundtrip, trailhead to trailhead.  Most of the western and most beautiful side of Vargas Island is within the Vargas Island Provincial Park.  The massive and beautiful Ahous Bay is the camping destination for most on Vargas.  You can camp anywhere on the beautiful beaches in the park for free, and there are outhouses available at the campsites.

Though it is a popular kayaking destination, Vargas Island is so close to Tofino that many simply canoe/kayak across to it.  You never lose sight of land and are in sheltered water the entire way.  You can stash your canoe in the vicinity of the Vargas Island Inn(if you ask nicely) and you will see the trail to Ahous Bay next to the Inn.  The trail is easy and well used 3k trail has little elevation gain though an amazingly varied plant life.  Remember to bring lots of water as Ahous Bay has very little drinkable water.

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