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Tofino, BC, Canada : Cox Bay
Cox Bay - Tofino, BC, Canada
Cox Bay is a smaller sandy beach destination located south of the community of Tofino, BC on Vancouver Island, Canada. The smaller recreation beach is often less crowded than many of the larger beaches in the region. Crowds are less because the waves are bigger, it is farther from Tofino and there is no direct vehicle access. Visitors arrive via a trail or by ocean kayak.
The trail starts from a resort parking lot located just north of the Pacific Rim Park. The beach is not marked from the highway therefore some knowledge of the which resort to look for is required.
The walking trail leads you through a forest, along a fence before heading down onto the sandy beach of Cox Bay. The sandy beach is a short 15 minute walk from the parking lot.
Cox Bay is a a beach destination covered with fine, white sand. There are massive driftwood logs piled high on the beach - arriving there via big storms and massive waves. The tree line behind Cox Bay is decorated with dwarfed trees. The trees are leaning back from the force of the winds and rains they endure during the west coast storms in the winter seasons.
Cox Bay beach provides endless, unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. There are no rock outcroppings or islands breaking the impact of the incoming waves... so, the waves here can be large with a strong under-tow.
Big waves attracts activity. Some of the summer activities enjoyed in Cox Bay include surfing, beachcombing, frisbee, swimming and sea kayaking. In the winter storm watching attracts people to the beach. Surfing and storm watching are especially popular because of the big waves that Cox Bay enjoys.
How to get to Cox Bay in Tofino
Travel towards the community of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC. On the north end of the Pacific Rim National Park there is a parking lot located at the end of the Pacific Sands Beach Resort Road. Look for the trailhead on the north end of the parking lot.
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