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Tofino Parks & Gardens

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Enjoy the sandy shores and lovely swimming waters of Kennedy Lake (the largest lake on Vancouver Island) when at this park. Kayakers and windsurfers will be pleased with the waters but should pay attention to the wind advisories. Day use facilities exist.
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Experience the quiet splendour of nature at Tofino Botanical Gardens. Stroll the paths and boardwalks within the twelve-acre area, viewing forests, gardens and shorelines. Cultural displays include the First Nations Garden and the Japanese Garden. Open daily.
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Maquinna Provincial Marine Park is comprised of 1,269 hectares of upland and 1,398 hectares of shore area. The highlight of this marine park is Hot Springs Cove, where hot mineral water falls into several pools, becoming cooler as it descends. Visitors love to soak in the waters. Other park activities include hiking, swimming and sea kayaking.
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Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation cultural sites, protected Sitka spruce trees, out-of-the-way beaches and the largest fresh water lake on Vancouver Island are some of the features of this park. Potential activities include waterskiing, swimming or windsurfing on Kennedy Lake, watching Sockeye salmon spawn, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and hiking. Visitors may be able to view, but must also remain cautious of, the black bears, wolves and cougars that are often present in the park.
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Gibson Provincial Marine Park is situated on the south side of Flores Island, and can be accessed by boat only form Tofino. While on the island, hike the Ahousat Wild Side Heritage Trail, a scenic 32-km round trip. Many Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations heritage sites can be viewed. Walk in backcountry camping is permitted.
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The magnificent west coast of Vancouver Island between the Pacific Coast Mountains and the ocean has been made into a wonderful national park. The park is comprised of three parts, Long Beach, the West Coast Trail and the Broken Group of Islands. The long and wide sand beaches are spectacular as is the-old growth temperate rain forest.
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Access to this remote park in Clayoquot Sound, which protects a forest of Western hemlock, Western red cedar and lodgepole pine, is extremely difficult and therefore it is rarely visited by tourists. Backcountry fishing, kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts can reach the park by boat or float plane only.
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Flanked by Meares Island and the west coast of Vancouver Island, this provincial park lies in the Fortune Channel and is accessible by boat only. Visitors to Dawley Passage Provincial Park can enjoy great canoeing, kayaking and boating experiences. Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations heritage sites may also be viewed. The park is surrounded by diverse marine life, making it an excellent spot for scuba diving. Year round wilderness camping is permitted.
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One of the most popular regions of the Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach is an area of rare breath-taking beauty. The sandy beaches welcome droves of picnickers, beachcombers and strollers each year. This is a perfect area to watch the Pacific Gray Whales travel during spring and fall.
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Consisting of Dunlap and Morfee Islands, this park in Clayoquot Sound can be utilized for boating, kayaking, fishing and scuba diving. While its upper landscape is too rocky to be suitable for wilderness camping, the park can be accessed by boat from other popular campsites within Clayoquot Sound.
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Clayoquot (pronounced Klah-kwot) Sound is a lowland coastal temperate rainforest that encompasses 265,000 hectares (654,550 acres) of thickly forested islands, inlets, and valleys. Recently added to the list of United Nations Biosphere Reserves, the area is rich in animal as well as plant life.
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The 10km Walk the Wild Side Trail from Ahousat village to Cow Bay is one of many potential activities in this park. The trail was originally used by the area's First Nations people to access sandy beaches on the island's west side. Along with the trail hiking, fishing, kayaking, beach camping and watching grey whales during their annual migration have made this park a very popular spot for visitors.

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