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Meares Island & LONE CONE Water Taxi Services

The magnificent back drop to picturesque Tofino Village is pristine Meares Island. From Tofino you can take our 10 minute boat cruise aboard the “Re-Joyce” to the Big Tree trail head, or 15 minutes to Lone Cone to hike up to the summit for an eagles view of the surrounding area.

Depending on the tide, you will begin your journey past many mud flats which are extremely important to migratory birds for rest and feeding on their west coast flying routes. You will then pass between a variety of small islands where the edge of Meares Island lay before you.
 

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BIG TREE TRAIL (SELF-GUIDED)

SELF-GUIDED RATES:

Adult: $30 taxi + $5 per ticket*
*Payable to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations

Seniors (65+) & Students (13-19):
$25 taxi + $5 per ticket*
*Payable to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations

Children (4-12): $15 taxi - No First Nations Fee

Ages 3 & under FREE

Daily Departures: 11:00am | 12:30pm | 2:00pm

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BIG TREE TRAIL (GUIDED)

GUIDED RATES

Adult: $120 taxi + $5 per ticket*
*Payable to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations

Seniors (65+) & Students (13-19):
$120 taxi + $5 per ticket*
*Payable to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations

Children (4-12): $75 taxi - No First Nations Fee

Ages 3 & under FREE

Daily Departures: 11:00am | 12:30pm | 2:00pm

Dogs are welcome!

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LONE CONE Hike

This 6.5 km return hike would be classified as steep and difficult. The elevation gain is approx. 730 m. The initial 1.2 km is gradual and then you start the steep ascent which averages 45 degrees. Hikers need to allow 5–6 hours pier to pier. The grueling climb is well worth it as you will be rewarded with the most amazing views of our local islands and the open Pacific. All we can say is WOW! At the summit you will have the eagles perspective. This is a demanding hike and you should be prepared with all the gear and clothing you would need for an intense wilderness hike.

$50 Water Taxi return plus
$10 First Nations Access Fee

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Meares Island Tour Details:

In the early 80’s, Meares Island was in immediate danger of clear cut logging. Concerned Tofino residents, environmentalists, and the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations joined together to face off the big timber industry. This initial battle ground gave birth to BC’s “War of the Woods” which spread up to the Queen Charlottes and culminated into the largest act of peaceful disobedience in Canadian history!

These trees, aged between 800 and 1,300 years, are something to marvel at. Take your time to explore the fern carpeted forest floor and to hug some of the hugest and oldest life forms on this precious planet.

The Big Tree trail has two parts. The trail begins as a boardwalk leading you past many features of special interest to the Hanging Garden Tree which has a circumference of 18.3 meters and a height of 42.7 meters! The board walk is 620 meters in length and takes approximately 1.5 hours return to enjoy.

Hilthuu? is the Tla-o-qui-aht place name for Meares Island. Hilthuu? Is a significant part of the Haahuulthii ~ traditional territory, resources, rivers, songs and names of the Tla-o-qui-aht Hawiih ~ Hereditary Chiefs.

We recommend that you pack some food and drinks and dress in appropriate clothing for a wilderness hike. There is no dock on this part of Meares Island. You must be agile enough to step out of the bow of our boat onto a rock landing. Please pack out what you bring in. Keep in mind that our west coast weather can be unpredictable, so come prepared!
 

Want to learn more about Meares Island and the surrounding harbour?

Add a 40 min Harbour Tour to your Big Tree Trail taxi for an additional $40 per person. You will get to explore the harbour and learn about Meares Island and local history. Please call us to add the Harbour Tour onto your Meares Island adventure.


Notes: Small carbon offset fee applies to all Meares Island Tours