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Tofino is a pedal-friendly place with families going for laps along the sandy shorelines, friends meeting for ice cream, and surfers commuting with boards to their favourite break.

For those seeking longer adventures, fuel up with coffee in Tofino, slip on a backpack, then dip and wind your way through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve for a day of beach-hopping.

Rush hour in Tofino

Commuting looks different here. The Multi-Use Path buzzes with activity as residents cycle to work and school, rain or shine. Pack your bike (or rent one) and join us for the ride.

Person biking across a crosswalk with a surfboard and rainbow in the background
People picking up surfboards on their bikes for a surf lesson

West coasting

Tofino and Ucluelet are connected via one continuous 44 km bike path with 3 distinct sections: the Multi-Use Path (MUP) from the Tofino town core, the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee) which winds through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and the Ucluelet bike path, which leads to the Ucluelet town center.

Map it out
Trail gates to ensure that riders dismount along the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii multi-use path
Two people biking on Long Beach near Incinerator Rock

ʔapsčiik t̓ašii

ʔapsčiik t̓ašii is the paved Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) that extends approximately 25 km from Tofino to Ucluelet within Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. ʔapsčiik t̓ašii means “going the right way on the path” in Nuu-chah-nulth. It is a beautiful route that meanders between bog ecosystems to dense stands of second-growth forests. The forested sections are a good place to seek refuge from the sun. 

Biking in Tofino

Bring your bike of choice or find one when you arrive. Some accommodation providers offer rentals on-site and you can also find a variety of bicycles, e-bike rentals and helmets at our member businesses.

Three people biking along the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii paved path through the forest.

Cruising

Coast at your own cadence along the MUP and the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii. Take the time to enjoy the views between the forest and the ocean because seeing Tofino by bike is an experience not to be missed.

Two people road biking along the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii parallel to Incinerator Rock at Long Beach

Road cycling

With approximately 44 km of paved, winding paths and rolling hills, there are ample opportunities to get a sweat in. Training for a Grand Fondo or trying to reach the top time on a segment? Consider Tofino the scenic playground for your next cycling adventure.

Two people standing beside electric bikes on First Street dock, overlooking the working harbour of Tofino.

E-biking

E-bikes make reaching the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii pathway a more accessible option for many. Cyclists may use Class 1 pedal-assist e-bikes on the paved portions of the trail while throttle e-bikes are not permitted.  

Close up of peoples' legs biking on the wet beach sand

Beach biking

Chesterman Beach at low tide (check the tide guide) offers a nice 2.7 km stretch of hard-packed sand, making for some blissful rides. Riding off into the sunset has never been more joyful!

Ready to ride?

If you’re ready to hop on, take a look at the biking providers that can get you rolling.

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