We stumbled upon Secret Beach Campground two years ago when a spontaneous camping trip found us without an affordable camping spot anywhere in the Tofino or Ucluelet area. We have since camped at Secret Beach twice. The area is serene...exactly what you would expect from the west coast of Vancouver Island and its lush rain forest landscapes. We saw our fair share of seals and even spotted an otter along the shoreline. We found the best direction for paddling was west along the shoreline or, on a calm day, venturing across to the Stopper Islands. There are also some great beach spots along the shoreline to stop and have a rest or a snack if you bring along provisions. Bears live in the area so make sure keep an eye out for furry visitors looking for food and always remember to pack out all of your food and waste!
Directions from Ucluelet: Head northwest on Peninsula Rd. to leave town, and stay on the highway for 8 kilometers. When you arrive at the Tofino/Ucluelet junction, veer right to stay on Highway 4 heading towards Port Alberni. Follow Highway 4 for 12 kilometers, then turn right onto the Toquaht Bay gravel road.
Stay straight on the Toquaht Bay gravel road for 13 kilometers, and Secret Beach will be on your right hand side.