Meares Island & Lone Cone Water Taxi

The magnificent back drop to picturesque Tofino Village is the pristine Meares Island, which is home to some of the oldest Red Cedar trees in BC!

From Tofino you can take our 10 minute boat cruise 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.

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.

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.


MEARES ISLAND WATER TAXI (SELF-GUIDED)

Our Meares Island Water Taxi making a trip with guests

Taxi Duration: 10 mins


Daily Departure Times

Apr. 1 - Aug. 31: 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm

Sep. 1 - Mar. 31: Upon Request. Please email or call us (1-250-725-2866) to make a booking.


Water Taxi Only Rates

Adult: $30/person
Senior (65+): $25/person
Youth (13-18): $25/person
Children (4-12): $15/person
Ages 3 & Under: FREE

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*Online bookings must be made 24hrs in advance. To make a booking for a time within the next 24hrs please call for availability.

*Water Taxi Rates are for Return Trips.

*One free infant per departure. First-come, first-serve.

*Prices displayed are before taxes & fees.


GUIDED BIG TREE TRAIL TOUR

Tour Duration: 2 hours

(1.5 Hours On Meares Island)


Daily Departures Times

Apr. 1 - Aug. 31: 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm

Sep. 1 - Mar. 31: Upon Request. Please email or call us (1-250-725-2866) to make a booking.


Water Taxi + Guide Rates

Adult: $120/person
Senior (65+): $120/person
Youth (13-18): $120/person
Children (4-12): $75/person
Ages 3 & Under: FREE

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*Online bookings must be made 24hrs in advance. To make a booking for a time within the next 24hrs please call for availability.

*One free infant per departure. First-come, first-serve.

*Prices displayed are before taxes & fees.


LONE CONE WATER TAXI & 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.

View from top of lone cone hike in Tofino, BC.

Taxi Duration: 15 mins


Hike Duration: 4-5 Hrs


Daily Departures Times

Apr. 1 - Aug. 31: 8:30am, 10:00am

Sep. 1 - Mar. 31: Upon Request. Please email or call us (1-250-725-2866) to make a booking.


Lone Cone Taxi Rates

Water Taxi: $50/person
First Nations Access Fee: $10/person

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*Online bookings must be made 24hrs in advance. To make a booking for a time within the next 24hrs please call for availability.

*Water Taxi Rates are for Return Trips.

*Prices displayed are before taxes & fees.


Meares Island History:

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.

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.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 

  • Make sure you read & understand our booking policies and waiver terms before processing your reservation.

  • Add a 40 minute Harbour Tour to your Big Tree Trail taxi for an additional $40 per person. Please call or email us to add the Harbour Tour onto your Meares Island adventure.

  • A ecological stewardship fee of $4 will be added to each fare in support of maintaining the marine ecosystem in Clayoquot Sound. Ocean Outfitters donates this amount annually.

  • We are visitors in a wolf and bear habitat. We treat wildlife with respect. Since wolves have been frequenting Meares Island, we no longer permit dogs on the Big Tree Trail nor Lone Cone hikes. Thank you for joining us in honouring and making way for the indigenous inhabitants of the area.

  • View our FAQ's page if you have any questions regarding our tours

  • Reserve ahead for the busy summer months. Simply book online, call, or email us.

PREPARE FOR YOUR MEARES ISLAND TOUR:

  • Dress warm for the boat ride

  • We recommend that you pack some food and drinks and dress in appropriate clothing for a wilderness hike (Lone Cone).

  • Bring rain gear

  • Bring binoculars

  • Bring a camera / mobile phone

  • Please pack out what you bring in

  • Keep in mind that our west coast weather can be unpredictable, so come prepared!


Meares Island & Lone Cone FAQ’s

How long does the Big Tree Trail walk take?

The trail there and back is approximately 3km. On average, this takes about 1.5 hours to walk.

How long is the boat ride over to the Big Tree Trail?

The boat ride over to Meares Island is approx. 10 minutes.

What can we see on this walk?

All along the trail you will see Western Red Cedar trees aging between 800 and 1,300 years. Another highlight is the Hanging Garden Tree which has a circumference of 18.3m.

What is the Big Tree Trail like?

There is a wooden boardwalk made of hand split planks. It can be slippery when it is wet and is uneven in some parts so do take care.

How long does the Lone Cone hike take?

From our dock and back you will have to estimate approximately 5.5 hours.

What if we are slow hikers and need longer than 5 - 6 hours?

You would need to give us a call and we can talk about the options.

How long is the boat ride over to the Lone Cone hike trailhead?

The boat ride over to Meares Island is approx. 15 minutes.

Is Lone Cone Mountain an easy hike?

No, the hike is very strenuous as the trail climbs more than 700 meters in just over 1.5 km and is best done by those who are fairly fit.

What will I see as soon as I am on top of the mountain?

The views from the top on a clear day are spectacular. As you look south towards Tofino you can see the Pacific Ocean and a large section of the surrounding area.

Is there a high possibility of coming across any wild animals on this hike?

Yes, Tofino is surrounded by a wilderness area. You are in wildlife habitat. Always be bear aware and respectful.

Is Lone Cone a volcano?

No, Lone Cone is not a volcano. It is composed of igneous rock of the Catface Intrusions.

Can we bring our dog(s)?

Wolves frequent Meares Island, and we do not permit dogs on the Big Tree Trail or the Lone Cone hike. We love dogs but we do not allow dogs on our programs, not even the smallest one’s. We are visitors in a carnivore landscape. Dogs are a proven attractant to wolves. When in wolf, and bear habitat, we must adapt, and be respectful.


STILL LOOKING FOR MORE…

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 Tofino harbour and learn about Meares Island and local history. Please call or email us to add the Harbour Tour onto your Meares Island adventure.

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