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Tofino, BC, Canada : Tonquin Beach Park
Tonquin Beach - Tofino
Tonquin Beach Park is a small, private sandy beach located on the waterfront within a short driving or biking distance from the Village of Tofino on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The park is one of the smaller beach destinations in the area.. and is also one of the least busiest beaches therefore more private.
To access the sandy beach of Tonquin Park there is a short boardwalk path leading all visitors through a forest. The hike should take 10 - 15 minutes to reach the beach. There is no vehicle access to this beach. Many arrive at Tonquin Beach to get away from the larger crowds at the more popular beaches.
The trailhead to the boardwalk pathway is located at the end of Tonquin Park Road. It is a dead end road. The trailhead is on the left. The pathway includes many stairs and hand rails. It can be slippery and some sections are covered with moss.
The sandy beach is covered with fine white sand and encompasses an entire cove protected by tall rock cliffs. Surrounding the hidden cove, high up on the cliffs, are small dwarfed trees. All are bent over from the powerful and unpredictable coastal winds.
During the winter storm seasons the driftwood logs are smashed against the rock cliffs. In the summer the driftwood logs are left to rest on the beach. At low tide there is a large tidal pool living large with marine wildlife and plenty of beach to play.
There are no picnic tables or fire pits on this beach.
How to get to Tonquin Beach
Travel to the community of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC. When entering Tofino follow Campbell Street (main street) to the last stop sign in the centre of town. Turn left onto First Street. Continue along First Street until Arnet Street and then take a right. Drive and take a left on Tonquin Park Rd . Drive to the end. Parallel parking only on side of street. Parking is limited.
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