Looking for solitude on Canada’s West Coast
? You might find the perfect lodging choice along the remote coastline of Vancouver Island
's west coast. Bamfield is located 56 miles (89 km) from Port Alberni
and 77 miles (123 km) from Lake Cowichan
. This tiny fishing community has less than 200 people and is divided by the Bamfield Inlet, which is serviced by water taxis. The east side is where most businesses are located, including shops, restaurants, galleries, and equipment rentals. All are easily accessible from your accommodation choice of vacation rental or condo rental.
There are several ways to access the accommodations and vacation rentals in Bamfield. You can either drive several hours on gravel logging roads (by car or bus), fly in on a chartered plane or travel by boat through the Broken Group Islands
on board the MV Frances Barkely from Port Alberni. Traveling by boat is the most scenic route. Regardless of your transportation mode, your accommodation or vacation rental will be your solitude in nature’s raw and rugged beauty
This tiny community is surrounded by Crown Land, Indian Reserves, as well as the popular Pacific Rim National Park which is host to one of the most beautiful and extremely rugged hiking trails in Canada, the West Coast Trail
. Built in 1907, this 77km trail was built to help aid in the survival of shipwreck victims.
Aside from hiking, tourists can pursue a number of adventure activities in the area including sport fishing, ocean kayaking, world class diving, bird watching or beach combing
. This largely unspoiled setting is home to a rain forest, deserted beaches and uninhabited islands
, giving you a variety of places to explore. The Bamfield Marine Sciences Center
also offers a public education program with multi-day immersion field trips.
With vacation rentals and condo rentals available, you are sure to enjoy your accommodations in this outdoor enthusiasts' dream
. Its remoteness, lack of cell phone coverage, allows you to unplug from the everyday and truly enjoy the beauty of the world around you.