The drive to Pacific Rim National Park is one of the most scenic drives in the world. I couldn’t help but rush any stops on the way there as I wanted to get to the park as soon as possible. After a few hours on the road, I pulled into the park, parked the car and settled in for a multi-day camping trip. Green Point campground is the only campground located within the park. With the campground selling out every night during peak season, reservations are highly recommended. You may get lucky with walk-ins but I wouldn’t risk it. In the off season, you may be able to stay without a reservation, if you are camping during the week. However, if you know you are going, why risk disappointment! I arrived at the campground early, and the friendly staff let me check in. You receive your permit along with information about the park including how to keep a clean campsite, and tips to keep yourself and the animals that live there safe. I parked the car and started to walk around, as setting the tent up could wait. As I planned this trip very close to when I went, I did not get one of the ocean view sites, but I could still hear the Pacific Ocean crashing into the beach below. My campsite was still very nice and I was surrounded by trees. I walked around and discovered the hut that I would be buying firewood from. It is only open at certain times so make sure to take note or no fire for you! I continued my walk and discovered the path down to the beach. I took a couple of moments to enjoy the view of Long Beach and take in its’ beauty.
After climbing on the logs, walking along the beach and admiring the patterns that the water leaves behind in the sand, I decided it was time to head up and start setting up camp. The campground was quiet, as I had no neighbours on one side and a surfing couple on the other side. With the tent set up, sleeping bag rolled out, it was time to make a quick dinner of sausages, salad with a cider before jumping into the car and heading further along Long Beach to catch my first sunset of the trip. After walking in the water, I took in the wonderful colours of the sunset: orange, red, pink and purple. After enjoying the sunset I fell asleep hearing the ocean and woke up rested and happy! One of the things that I loved about camping at Green Point is that it’s not a party campsite. Everyone I met was respectful of the noise level, no loud partying and no music blaring. As you walked around in the evening, you heard family and friends enjoying themselves, fires crackling, the wind in the trees and at times of complete silence. I enjoyed building my first campfire independently on this trip. I had to balance between watching the sunsets and enjoying the fire. I would prep the firewood in advance, head out to watch the sunset and then come back, build the fire and then treat myself to a dessert. Nothing beats a day out in the rainforest, then relaxing by writing and enjoying the glow of a campfire that you made all by yourself! There a lot of trails to explore in the park and you can tackle a couple of them a day. Besides the trails you can relax on the beach, explore Tofino or Ucluelet, take in the views or try surfing.
Green Point Campground is equipped with:
- Flush toilets (clean)
- Picnic tables
- Firewood provided for a fee
This isn’t back country camping, but this has been my favourite car camping campground that I’ve visited. With the beach a five minute walk downhill, Pacific Ocean views, campsites, look outs and an interpretative program, it’s hard to beat. They also have a “Bare Campsite” program. This means you do have to put most of your things away in your car or a provided food storage locker when you leave your site, as it protects you but most importantly the wildlife. The only thing this site doesn’t have is showers but you can head to the Way Point Campground and use their pay showers for a couple of dollars.
Overall, I loved my time at the park. The staff was incredible, the interpretative program added tremendous value to my stay, the beautiful sunsets; time in the rainforest gave me time to relax and connect with nature.
Location: Green Point campground is located 12 km north of the Ucluelet-Tofino junction on Hwy.4, halfway between Ucluelet and Tofino in British Columbia, Canada.
*Note: I didn’t receive any form of payment for this post however I did receive a free Parks Canada discovery pass however I paid for the campsite fees, my transportation and all other expenses. I’ve happen to fall in love with this place and hope other people take advantage of this beautiful part of the world*