Ucluelet has a number of newish condo developments with cookie-cutter accommodations, but for something more unique, reserve at one of the resorts listed.
There are easily 100 or more places to stay in Tofino; mid-March through October, the Long Beach Visitor Information Centre, about 1.5km (1 mile) from the Hwy. 4 junction to Tofino (tel. 250/725-3414; www.tourismtofino.com), keeps a helpful list of vacancies. Stop here before driving into town if you don't have reservations.
The whole point of the Pacific Rim area is getting back to nature, and there’s no better way to do that than by setting up camp somewhere scenic. Just beware that this is a rainforest, so chances are you’ll get drenched at some point during your stay.
You can even camp in the park itself. Back in the day, the flower children would camp right on the beach at Florencia Bay or Schooner Cove. Today, sadly, there is no more beach camping. But the 94 campsites at Green Point offer something even better: toilets, pumped well water, and fire pits. There are still no showers or hookups, but the magnificent ocean view from the bluff makes up for it. Reservations are essential in high season, and the campground will be full every day in July and August. To make a reservation, call tel. 877/737-3783 or visit www.pccamping.ca. The cost is C$24 per night, with an additional charge of C$7 for firewood. The campground is closed mid-October to May 1.
More camping is available at Bella Pacifica Campground (tel. 250/725-3400; www.bellapacifica.com) near Tofino, but in this case with washrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. A beachfront site will run you C$52 in peak season, while a non-view site is C$42. Reservations are highly recommended. Closed November through February.
There is also Surf Junction Campground just outside Ucluelet (tel. 877/922-6722 or 250/726-7214; www.surfjunction.com). The campground has space for RVs and tents, and has hot showers, flush toilets, a sauna, hot tub, and covered cooking and eating area. It’s popular with the surf set, and offers surf lessons and rentals, as well as a place to wash out your wet suit. Rates range from C$25 to C$55. Reservations recommended. Closed October through March.
The Bella Pacifica Resort & Campground, 3.5km (2 miles) south of Tofino on the Pacific Rim Highway (P.O. Box 413), Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 (tel. 250/725-3400; www.bellapacifica.com), is privately owned and has 165 campsites from which you can walk to Mackenzie Beach or take the resort's private nature trails to Templar Beach. Flush toilets, hot showers, water, laundry, ice, fire pits, firewood, and full and partial hookups are available.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.