It has been a couple of weeks since you posted with a request for
information about Long Beach; I just noticed your post today. Hope it
isn't too late for me to offer some ideas!
Long Beach is between two little villages, Tofino and Ucluelet, both
of which have lots of good accomodations. We always stay at a
rather grotty motel, the Dolphin, near Tofino, because they take
animals, and we love to travel with our dog. The Dolphin is just
across the highway from Mackenzie Beach and the fabulous (and
expensive) Wickeninish Inn.
The Wickeninish is a good place to go for lunch, unless your budget
can afford their hefty dinner prices. A fairly new place, the Long
Beach Inn, (I think it is called), has excellent food, and is just a
few miles south of the Wickeninish. Both Ucluelet and Tofino have
some great little cafes for lunch or dinner (memory fails me here,
but I think one is called the Rain Forest, in Tofino, and another is
the Blueberry Cafe in Ucluelet).
Do take a walk on the Pacific Rim Trail, (Ucluelet end of the Beach),
and get a ride on a motor boat to Hot Springs Cove (Tofino end). The
less expensive way to get out to the cove is to arrange a ride with
the First Nations water taxi which goes daily to their Motel on the
opposite side of the Cove from the Hot Springs. Just go to the wharf
in Tofino the day before you want to reserve a ride and make the
You might want to stay at the First Nations Motel! It is very clean,
attractive and new, and convenient to the Hot Springs. Your ride out
there would be included in your daily rate (which is quite
For more information, just do a websearch for Long Beach, or Tofino
or Ucluelet, and you will find links to many resources!
Have a wonderful time!
all the best,
Terry (in Vancouver)