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Amphitrite Point Lighthouse

The only active lighthouse in the Tofino-Ucluelet area is Amphitrite Point Lighthouse. The public is not allowed to visit the lighthouse tower; however, as part of the Lighthouse Loop section of the Wild Pacific Trail, the grounds are open to the public. Walking 2-3 minutes straight ahead to the lighthouse, visitors may access the point after parking the cars at the end of Coast Guard Road. They may also enjoy a hiking trail on this journey. Like the rest of the Ucluelet Peninsula, the point has an oceanic climate (Köppen Cfb) with approximately 3.3 meters (130 inches) of annual rainfall and frequent winter storms.
Beautiful views of Barkley Sound and a possible detour to Terrace Beach Interpretive Trail are other sights in the area you may enjoy. At the same time, you come to visit Amphitrite in the early days of Vancouver Island, when Terrace Beach was a canoeing spot for First Nations people. Amphitrite Point Lighthouse is a beautiful place to watch the sun come up or set, especially as it's close to several accommodations options. Start your discovery when it's still dark, bring a flashlight, and get ready for unforgettable dawn.


Amphitrite Point Lighthouse Location

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse is located approximately 2.7 km (1.6 miles) south of downtown Ucluelet and 43 km (26.7 miles) southeast of Tofino, British Columbia. It is placed at the southern end of the Ucluelet Peninsula and the west side of Barkley Sound. In contrast, the next local lighthouse, Lennard Island Lighthouse, is located on Lennard Island, where the only access point is through the air or boat.
The Ucluelet Aquarium is north of the lighthouse, about 2.9 km (1.8 miles) away. He-Tin-Kis Park is the nearest park to the lighthouse.
Rocky Beach Area is the closest beach to Amphitrite Point Lighthouse. Some other beaches are Terrace Beach, Little Beach, Big Beach, and Brown's Beach.


How to Get to Amphitrite Point Lighthouse by Car

From Nanaimo:
Getting to Amphitrite Point Lighthouse from Nanaimo is via BC-4 W. It is about 185 km (114.9 miles) and takes about 2 hours and a half.
Follow BC-19 N and BC-4 W to Coast Guard Dr in Ucluelet. After 184 km (114.3 miles), turn right onto Coast Guard Dr. Drive 750 m (2460.6 ft) more to reach Amphitrite Point Lighthouse.

From Victoria:
The fastest route to reach Amphitrite Point Lighthouse from Victoria is via 4 hr (295 km) via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N and BC-4 W. It is 295 km (183.3 miles) and takes about 4 hours. 
Take Government St to Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N. After 1.2 km (0.7 miles), follow Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N and BC-19 N to Memorial Rd/BC-4 W in Nanaimo G. Take exit 60 from BC-19 N and drive 155 km (96.3 miles). Follow BC-4 W to Coast Guard Dr in Ucluelet, and after 139 km (86.3 miles), you will reach Amphitrite Point Lighthouse.


The Hike to Get to Amphitrite Point Lighthouse

"Wild Pacific Trail: Lighthouse Loop" is an easy trail with 2.6 km (1.6 miles) length and 56 m (183.7 ft) of elevation gain. It is located near Ucluelet and is suitable for hiking and running. People with all skill levels can use the loop and enjoy wildlife viewing. Please keep your dog on a leash.


History of Amphitrite Point Lighthouse

Lennard Island Lighthouse off Chesterman Beach; and Cape Beale Lightstation on the south side of Barkley Sound are the next two active lighthouses in the area. There was a small wooden tower built in 1906 as the first lighthouse at the Amphitrite Point. In 1906, the decision to build a lighthouse in the area was a response to the tragic Pass of Melfort shipwreck. It is thought to have cost up to 35 lives.
In 1914 the building was collapsed by severe storms. The new concrete lighthouse building was constructed and opened in 1915.
Explore this spectacular section of coastline, remember its beauty hides the fact that this has historically been a treacherous place for ships. Because the frequent gale-force winds, tidal waves, and tsunami threaten the new Amphitrite building yet, it was constructed with a particular design and shape to withstand intense westerly storms coming off the Pacific Ocean and avoid collapsing again. Until 1988, when it was automated, the Amphitrite was staffed by Canadian Coast Guard lighthouse keepers since 1915.
This newer version, built-in 1915, is so cheerful looking that the spot's tragic past may come as a surprise. Although you can't go inside the lighthouse, the views that can be enjoyed from the outside make the hike worthwhile.


Things to do around the Amphitrite Point Lighthouse Area

A beacon for hikers and ships as well, this pretty lighthouse offers a picturesque hillside location and sweeping panoramic views for all adventure visitors. Follow the route of an essential feature of Vancouver Island's landscape and history, the red and white building, and set out on the Wild Pacific Trail that leads past Amphitrite Point Lighthouse.
The beautiful place is in pretty good shape for its age and marks an ideal spot for snapping photos and enjoying the ocean view. So beautiful that one can never guess that it's over 100 years old.
Set out from your hotel, somewhere in Ucluelet's central cluster of accommodations, so in less than one hour, you can visit the lighthouse walking on your feet through lush forest as you head towards the coast.
Through the trees onto the rugged hillside emerges Amphitrite Lighthouse. Visitors often stay to take in the breathtaking ocean views and enjoy a picnic and look out to sea.
Otters, seals, sea lions, and several whale species, including orcas, are among the animals you can visit on the site. Hundreds of seabirds also migrate through this area each year.

The Most Famous Lighthouses Near Amphitrite Point Lighthouse

Cape Beale Lighthouse

Cape Beale Lighthouse

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse Activities

Fishing

There are incredible opportunities for catching fishes like Salmon and Halibut in the Wild Pacific waters around the Ucluelet. Ucluelet is one of the best destinations for catching these types of fish all year round. Among other species are Red Snapper and Cod.

Kiteboarding

The best spots for Kiteboarding near the lighthouse are China Creek and Nitinat Lake.

Hiking

You may wish for hiking, walking, or running on a coastal trail while you are along the Pacific Ocean coastline. The Wild Pacific Trail Lighthouse Loop, a 2.6 km (1.6 miles) trail for all skill levels, is one you can enjoy.

Surfing

If you wish for surfing, the best you can find in the area are Florencia Bay, Long Beach, Chesterman Beach, and Cox Bay.

Whale Watching

You can spend high-quality hours from Amphitrite Point Lighthouse to Barkley Sound, Broken Group Islands, and Long Beach. From mid-March to mid-October, while you are on a Zodiac tour to watch whales, you have chances to see sea otters, sea lions, seals, and eagles.

Storm Watching

Being in front of the ocean, it's an excellent location for storm watching from November to March. As Amphitrite Point Lighthouse is near Tofino, have the pleasure of storm Watching on different beaches. It takes 20 minutes by car to reach Wickaninnish Beach. Cox Bay Beach, Chesterman Beach, and Long Beach are other hot spots for storm watching near the lighthouse.

Boating

Boating includes kayaking and canoeing.

What you Can Expect to Do Near Amphitrite Point Lighthouse

Ucluelet Whale Watching

Ucluelet Whale Watching

Tofino Whale Watching

Tofino Whale Watching

Barkley Sound Whale Watching

Barkley Sound Whale Watching

Bamfield Whale Watching

Bamfield Whale Watching

Broken Group Islands Kayaking and Canoeing

Broken Group Islands Kayaking and Canoeing

Barkley Sound Kayaking

Barkley Sound Kayaking

Camping in Pachena Bay Campground

Camping in Pachena Bay Campground

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

Amphitrite Point Lighthouse Outline

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1. In 1906 the first lighthouse in the area was built which had a wooden tower.
2. Cape Beale Lightstation is the next active lighthouse.
1. All the climate data are on average based on NOAA.
1. The numbers are on average for the water temperature in Ucluelet according to www.seatemperature.org

What you Can Expect to See Near Amphitrite Point Lighthouse

Bamfield

Bamfield

Cape Beale Lighthouse

Cape Beale Lighthouse

Ucluelet

Ucluelet

Wickaninnish Beach

Wickaninnish Beach

Sarita Falls

Sarita Falls

Low Tide Sea Cave

Low Tide Sea Cave

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve - Long Beach Unit

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve - Long Beach Unit

Pelham Range

Pelham Range

Kennedy Lake Provincial Park

Kennedy Lake Provincial Park

Tofino Botanical Gardens

Tofino Botanical Gardens

Virgin Falls

Virgin Falls

Ahousat Hot Springs

Ahousat Hot Springs

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Cox Bay Beach

Cox Bay Beach

Long Beach

Long Beach

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