The Interpretive Centre is well-designed, well-staffed with knowledgeable Canadian Park Service folks, and has some great exhibits. Besides the First Nations whaling exhibits, we really enjoyed a documentary on the eco-web of the sea otter and kelp habitats. We learned that about 80% of the surviving west coast sea otter population is in Alaskan waters. But the trans-location project which has attempted to restart otter colonies on the BC coast is working. Fortunately, the sea otter is a prolific breeder.
After walking the South Beach Trail, we enjoyed a sunset dinner at the restaurant. And then a memorable hike to the South Beach Trial, which branches off from the Nuu-chah-nulth trail to Ucluelet. Here we found a granite-sand and granite-pebble cove that is simply stunning — especially in the twilight soft sunlight.
The surfers love Long Beach. I suspect the storm watchers have this spot high on their list of observing locations.
Parks Canada has the details on all the Pacific Rim park trails here.