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Cox Bay Beach

Cox Bay Beach is where the power of the Pacific Ocean performing with waves can be felt. The beach is an excellent spot for challenging your talents out in the ocean. The nature and decoration of well-shaped rocks around the beach will calm you down. The rocks provide the best spot for watching surfers and get a great view of the bay from some heights. At night, when you take a look a little further over the beach, lights inspecting around the lighthouse are visible. Here you can experience everything from the sunshine to gale waves and heavy rain, while whales move not far off the shore, adding a bonus to this great atmosphere floating in the area. The place is like every marvellous beach on Vancouver Island, where you can enjoy the sea creatures by stopping at the tide pools. Above fine-looking trees, you may be able to spot bald eagles perched atop or flying around.


Cox Bay Beach Location

Cox Bay Beach is placed at the south end of the Tofino district, Vancouver Island. It's in the vicinity of islands like Indian Island and Warne Island in the east and Lennard Island Lighthouse in the west. The beach can be found at 7.5 km (4.6 miles) south of Tofino town and 33.7 km (21 miles) away from the Ucluelet district in the southeast. It is separated by Sunset Point, south of Chesterman Beach. The beach is accessible by taking Pacific Rim Highway in the north and south. There are large and well-equipped resorts with spectacular Oceanside Rooms nearby, making everything neat and comfortable for your stay.


How to Get to Cox Bay Beach by Car

From Nanaimo:
Getting to Cox Bay Beach from Nanaimo is possible via BC-4 W. It is 200 km (124.2 miles) and takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Head west on Fitzwilliam St toward Wesley St and continue onto Third St. After 1.9 km (1.2 miles), go to Jingle Pot Rd. 650 m (2132.5 ft) ahead turn right onto BC-19 N (signs for Campbell R). Drive 41.3 km (25.6 miles) and take exit 60 toward Port Alberni. 1.5 km (0.9 miles) ahead, the road merges onto Memorial Rd/BC-4 W. Continue to follow BC-4 W. After 128 km (79.5 miles), turn right onto Pacific Rim Hwy/BC-4 W. Drive 25.5 km (16 miles) and turn left. After 350 m (1148.2 ft), turn right. You will reach Cox Bay Beach after 85 m.

From Victoria:
The fastest route to get to Cox Bay Beach from Victoria is via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N and BC-4 W. It is 311 km (193.2 miles) and takes about 4 hours and 5 minutes.
Head west on Pandora Ave toward Government St and after 99 m (325 ft) turn right onto Government St. Drive 1.0 km (0.6 miles) and slight right toward Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N. Use any lane to turn left onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N. Drive 104 km (64.6 miles) and use the right two lanes to merge onto BC-19 N via the ramp to Parksville/Campbell River. After 49.7 km (30.8 miles), take exit 60 toward Port Alberni. 1.5 km (0.9 miles) ahead, the road merges onto Memorial Rd/BC-4 W. Continue to follow BC-4 W, and after 128 km (79.5 miles), turn right onto Pacific Rim Hwy/BC-4 W. Drive 25.5 km (15.8 miles) then turn left. After 350 m (1148.2 ft), turn right. You need to continue for 85 m (279 ft) more to reach Cox Bay Beach.


The Hike to Get to Cox Bay Beach

1. When it comes to exploring by foot, Cox Bay Beach includes an endless amount of wildlife for visitors to explore. Starting from the parking at the Surf Grove Campground, Sakurai Lane is a 2.6 km (1.6 miles) moderately trafficked-out and back hiking trail near Alberni-Clayoquot C, British Columbia, which can be a good start.

2. Another way to explore the beach outdoor is Sunset Point, north of the beach that has not been registered as a trail, but you can have plenty of adventures around. The view is just breathtaking. It is worthy of taking a few steps to the top. The trail located at the end of the beach made a fantastic view overlooking the ocean. Boardwalks made the area so accessible for having a pleasant hike to the beach.


History of Cox Bay Beach

In 1934, the bay was renamed Cox Bay in honour of John Henry Cox, a British trader. Cox was a fur merchant and organized the pioneer expeditions to the pacific northwest. Cox Bay has been the place for surf competitions and a great holiday destination for families for decades.
In 1973, the Pacific Sands was initially built by the Pettinger family. Dotted Sand dollars spreading all over the white sand make the history of the area even more durable.


Things to do around the Cox Bay Beach Area

Among the rocks that made a mystery waypoint on the beach, there are tons of activities to do. It is an excellent spot for kids to play Hide and Seek and find precious Sand dollars hiding under the white sands. Surfing is quite well-known in islands like Vancouver Island. Going into the water elicits a significant emotional response, which makes you feel confidentially awesome. You can choose any water-based activities you like.
Paddling through the surges can be quite challenging in Cox Beach. While jogging and hiking along the beach can instill a feeling of composure, relaxing and drinking champagne will induce a state of euphoria.
The end-to-end walk is a choice that many would prefer to make. Having a picnic in this wide flat spot would be a pleasant experience. Watching spectacular sunset with loved ones and taking pictures together is something you ought to try. You'll be pleased!

The Best Beaches Near Cox Bay Beach

Wickaninnish Beach

Wickaninnish Beach

Cox Bay Beach

Cox Bay Beach

Long Beach

Long Beach

Chesterman Beach

Chesterman Beach

Cox Bay Beach Activities

Stand Up Paddling

How much can you maintain your balance while propelling through the water? If you want to take your chances out in the open sea, now it's the time. Wait for a sunny day on the beach when waves are calm enough and move on.

Hiking

The continuous forest overlooking the ocean made an excellent opportunity to dig the area and feel the wildfire by every step. Hiking among nature can reveal mysteries that won't be experienced any other way.

Canoeing

Put on your life jacket and hand on the paddles. All you need is to wait for a perfect time to get momentum and have a good ride over the waves. If you are in two-seat boats, be sure to be harmonic in paddling if you desire to get most of your Canoeing.

Sunbathing

While many believe that taking a sunbath is advantageous for the body, it is a fantasy for others to give it a try; either way, it can be a good taste of your vacation on the beach if you follow some tips and do it correctly.

Geocaching

There are plenty of hidden geocaches all over the world. Some of them could be around you somewhere. So, why don't you check your receiver and start a hide & seek adventure? Like the Sand dollars hiding under the sands, they could be anywhere.

Cox Bay Kiteboarding

Are you looking for a mixture of feelings to both be a sailor and a surfer? Kiteboarding would be a perfect choice. By having some training, you'll be able to control your sailboard on the water and make harmonic moves. Some talented ones can even fly over the water.

Cox Bay Beach Storm Watching

While mighty storms inspire dread, silence waves instil a feeling of composure. Here you can experience everything from heavy storms and rain to a peaceful atmosphere and sunshine. You may hear about the calm before the storm; here, you can explore the storm watching virtually.

Cox Bay Surfing

Surfing is quite popular in Cox Bay. People with a variety of skills take their boards and try to perform an eyeful show over the waves. Sports connected with water have a significant effect morally and spiritually. It can take you to cloud nine.

What you Can Expect to Do Near Cox Bay Beach

Ucluelet Whale Watching

Ucluelet Whale Watching

Tofino Whale Watching

Tofino Whale Watching

Clayoquot Sound Kayaking

Clayoquot Sound Kayaking

Wya Point Camping

Wya Point Camping

Cox Bay Kiteboarding

Cox Bay Kiteboarding

Wickaninnish Beach Storm Watching

Wickaninnish Beach Storm Watching

Wild Pacific Trail Storm Watching

Wild Pacific Trail Storm Watching

Kwisitis Visitor Centre Storm Watching

Kwisitis Visitor Centre Storm Watching

Long Beach Storm Watching

Long Beach Storm Watching

Cox Bay Beach Storm Watching

Cox Bay Beach Storm Watching

Chesterman Beach Storm Watching

Chesterman Beach Storm Watching

Wickaninnish Beach Surfing

Wickaninnish Beach Surfing

Long Beach Surfing

Long Beach Surfing

Florencia Bay Surfing

Florencia Bay Surfing

Chesterman Beach (North) Surfing

Chesterman Beach (North) Surfing

Cox Bay Beach Outline

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1. All the climate data are on average.

What you Can Expect to See Near Cox Bay Beach

Cape Beale Lighthouse

Cape Beale Lighthouse

Ucluelet

Ucluelet

Wickaninnish Beach

Wickaninnish Beach

Tofino

Tofino

Maquinna Marine Provincial Park

Maquinna Marine Provincial Park

Low Tide Sea Cave

Low Tide Sea Cave

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve - Long Beach Unit

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve - Long Beach Unit

Kennedy Lake Provincial Park

Kennedy Lake Provincial Park

Tofino Botanical Gardens

Tofino Botanical Gardens

Virgin Falls

Virgin Falls

Gibson Marine Provincial Park

Gibson Marine Provincial Park

Ahousat Hot Springs

Ahousat Hot Springs

Cox Bay Beach

Cox Bay Beach

Long Beach

Long Beach

Kennedy Lake

Kennedy Lake

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