By bike from Ucluelet to Tofino

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By bike from Ucluelet to Tofino Reviews

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By bike from Ucluelet to Tofino Sep 11, 2016
Although there is public transport between Tofino and Ucluelet, you can not do Tofino on a day trip from Ucluelet as there are only five minutes between the first bus arriving in Tofino and the last one departing to Ucluelet. That - combined with the idea that I wanted to go out on a bike anyway - was my inspiration for the day trip by bike.

The distance between the two towns us 41 kms, so a round trip is 82 kms. There are bike lanes in Tofino and Ucluelet themselves, but for most of the journey you will ride on the shoulder of the highway. Note that the shoulder on the side facing the ocean (left when coming from Ucluelet) is mostly wider than the one on the opposite side. Ucluelet has its bike lane on the left hand side, Tofino on the right (both again, looking from Ucluelet). The hardest part is the one between the real town of Ucluelet and the official border of the town at the highway junction. This part is pretty hilly, so save your energy as this is also the last part on the way back.

A few more things to mention:

-You will not see the ocean for most of the part as there is a strip of forest between the highway and the ocean.

-Ask locals for advice on animals.

-I am a slightly overweight, untrained average 30something old guy with a city bike and needed 2 1/2 hour for the way to Tofino and 15 min more for the way back. Estimate your own time and keep and eye on the watch, especially if the bike rental shop closing times or darkness can become a threat.

-For bike rental, I recommend Ukee Bikes (see separate tip).

-Finally, have a great day!
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