The Lighthouse Loop Hike takes off from Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, and it’s just as beautiful as everyone says! It shares part of it’s trail with the famous Wild Pacific Trail which we’ll be talking about very soon as well.
The trail starts off through the trees, and it’s so dense you start to get rainforest vibes right away. But it’s not to long before you break out of the forest and the ocean views start.
It wasn’t until after we did this hike that we learned this trail is rated as the #1 hiking attraction in British Columbia. It’s not hard to see why as the views constantly draw your attention away from the trail!
The trail continues along with breathtaking views of the coast the whole way to the lighthouse, with benches here and there where you can pause to admire the view.
The whole loop is only 2.6 km or 1.6 miles, so it’s also a great trail for families. They say to allow 35-45 minutes, but we definitely took longer, taking pictures and enjoying the scenery for a little while once we reached the lighthouse.
The practice of love locks, (above picture) has caused controversy all over the world. The idea is to pledge yourself and your love to a place or a person forever. Many people believe it distracts from nature, which is probably true if padlocks started appearing all over the place. I thought it was kind of fun to stop look at the messages, all in one tidy spot like this.
We loved how different it was hiking along the ocean, compared to spending time hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Being born and raised in the rockies, my heart will always belong there. But hiking through rainforest with ocean views is an amazing experience not to be missed!