Tofino, BC

Tonquin Trail

*** Please note these temporary trailhead closures:
via the Tofino Community Hall – closed until December 2023
via Peterson Road / Leighton Way – opening late September 2022

It’s a trail and a beach, and it’s right in town. Less than one kilometre from the village centre, this gravel trail starts at the Tofino Community Hall, winding through rainforest to Tonquin Beach, Third Beach and Middle Beach. Along the way are many points of interest and ocean view opportunities.

The trail network includes a closed loop trail and 3km of gravel walking trails. It’s recommended you visit at low tide to take full advantage of enjoying the whole beach.

Distance: 3 kilometres plus 800 metres of boardwalk and stairs leading from Tonquin Beach to Tonquin Beach Road.

Some highlights:

  • The Maze lookout, perched above Templar Channel with views of Wickaninnish Island and the site of the wreck of the Tonquin.
  • Tiny Third Beach, which feels like a secret discovery.  
  • All of Tonquin Beach is a highlight! Bordered by rock formations that form cave-like entrances, it’s a favourite for sunbathing and relaxing.

  • And the latest section leading to Middle Beach.  This section of the trail was completed in 2017 and crosses through the ha-houlthee (traditional territory) of Tla-o-qui-aht and provides ample opportunities to connect with the local ecosystem
  •  For more information about the Tonquin Trail & Connector, please visit the District of Tofino’s Trails page.

Tonquin Trail