Booking Information & Policies

Thank you for considering booking a hike with Long Beach Nature Tours! Please read the following information to ensure that you fully understand how payments are made, our booking conditions, cancellation policy, weather conditions policy and our release of liability waiver. Once informed, we would be happy to accept your booking, either by calling our office or by booking on-line via email.

Prices

Prices are in Canadian Dollars.

Sales Tax

Listed prices do not include tax. An additional 5% Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be added to the tour total. We will apply the appropriate tax rate when you book.

Methods of Payment

An invoice will be sent to you online where you can pay by credit card. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.

  1. For half-day and full-day tours; full payment must accompany booking.
  2. For multi-day tours; a deposit of 50% of tour price is required.
  3. Balance of payment is due 1 week before tour start.
  4. Full payment must accompany bookings made less than 1 week before tour start.

Booking Conditions

  1. There is a degree of hazard in all outdoor activities. All participants must sign the Long Beach Nature Tours waiver of liability prior to commencing any hiking tour.
  2. Tours depart rain or shine however; should Long Beach Nature Tours cancel your excursion due to extreme weather conditions, we will do our best to reschedule for a later date. Should we be unable to do so, you will be issued a full refund.
  3. The participation of any person on any tour is continually subject to the discretion of the guide and Long Beach Nature Tours.
  4. As we will be traveling into a remote area; it is imperative you disclose any medical conditions that could put you, your guide or others safety at risk. A questionnaire will be sent you to fill out at the time of booking. Tours take place in a variety of terrain and locations. A modest level of fitness is required.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

In the event that Long Beach Nature Tours cancels a tour your full payment will immediately be refunded. Should you need to cancel from a tour, the following terms will apply:

  1. For half-day and full-day tours if you wish to cancel, an administration fee of $25.00 will be charged up to 8 days prior to the hike and the full amount becomes non-refundable hereafter.
  2. For multi-day tours if you wish to cancel, your 50% deposit will be forfeited up to 8 days prior to the hike and the full amount becomes non-refundable hereafter.
  3. For all tours that have an accommodation component to the booking, additional cancellation fees may apply based on the specific accommodation provider’s policies.
  4. Cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations are only effective once your notification is received by Long Beach Nature Tours.

We ask that you thoroughly understand and consider the booking and cancellation policy prior to booking as we make financial commitments to our guides (and food and transportation providers) once you have booked and we have confirmed a trip.  We take your booking in good faith and begin incurring costs upon confirmation.

Weather Conditions Policy

Island weather is unpredictable in all seasons and is a constant factor that shapes the decisions we make before and during our tours. Some of our tours requiring accessing outer islands by boat to begin hiking; these tours will require fair weather and calm seas. Other tours are located in the mountains and current conditions will reflect the locations we are able to access.

It would not be practical for us to refund every situation where our guests do not get the weather conditions they hope for so we make every effort to develop alternative plans. We will work diligently to give you the best experience with the conditions we face at the time.

Make a Booking

All of our hikes are private and can be requested online. Please fill out this Booking Request Form and we will provide hike details and availability.

You can also book by phone. Call Long Beach Nature Toura at 1 250 725 3320.

Confirming your Reservation

Upon confirmation of your booking, you will be provided with a detailed map to your excursions departure point.

Please note that unless specified, transportation to and from tour locations is not provided by Long Beach Nature Tours. Should you require transportation, we would be happy to assist with travel arrangements with Tofino’s local car service Pacific Rim Navigators.

Payment must be received within 48 hours to confirm your booking.

 

Fees and Conservation

Long Beach Nature Tours is located and operates in the traditional territory of Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht First Nations. We acknowledge that the people here have relationships and responsibilities to this land that have existed for over 15,000 years or more and how settler presence and culture have impacted those connections.

The Tribal Parks Allies are a community of businesses committed to supporting the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s vision of achieving a socially and ecologically just conservation economy, where every dollar spent supports the ecological protection and restoration of the Tribal Parks and the resurgence of Tla-o-qui-aht culture and governance.

Allied businesses with the ethical certification standard, invest in tourism infrastructure with our Tribal Parks Guardians, and maintain a clean and healthy homeland for our guests’ continued enjoyment.

When operating in Tla-o-qui-aht territory; a stewardship fee of $5 will be added to each fare in support of maintaining the marine ecosystem in Clayoquot Sound. Long Beach Nature Tours donates this amount annually.

When operating in Ahousaht territory; a trail & stewardship fee of $10 will be added to each fare in support of maintaining the trails and marine ecosystem in Clayoquot Sound. Long Beach Nature Tours donates this amount annually.

For more information, please visit their website here:

Tribal Parks Alliance

Ahousaht Stewardship Society

Additional Information


Water (minimum of 1-2 litres per person) and snacks are always recommended, especially as there is nowhere to buy any refreshments either at the trailhead or en route. Lunches are provided during our day hikes. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions upon booking.

Footwear should be comfortable for walking in for extended periods. Non-slip soles are good, especially as boardwalks can be slippery when it has been raining.

Make sure you dress appropriately for the weather conditions on the day – in summer months even if it looks bright and sunny outside it is recommended to bring a sweater as temperatures can change and it is often cooler in a shaded forest or on a windy beach. It’s also always best to bring a rain jacket, just incase the weather changes suddenly. In the winter months waterproof gear is a necessity as your walk will go ahead rain or shine. It is recommended to dress in layers so that you can easily adjust for optimum comfort.

We recommended to wear sunscreen even if the day is overcast as you will be outside for a good length of time.

Finally sunglasses and a hat are useful throughout the year. The weather in the area is variable so please make sure that you are prepared and will be comfortable.

Due to our location on the western coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino faces the open North Pacific Ocean and our weather patterns therefore are controlled by the sea. Our climate is mild with winter temperatures averaging 8-10 degrees celsius and summer temperatures averaging 12-20 degrees celsius.

It’s an ever changing phenomenon here and always a prime topic of discussion but when planning for your vacation these websites will keep you up to date on our Tofino weather.

We like the Canada Weather Office forecast for its accuracy. The live Cox Bay Webcam will give you a nice window on the waves and skies at this premier Tofino surfing beach.

But if you are a weather nerd like us…best grab a coffee, sit and explore WindyTV to learn about the bigger picture and the most accurate forecasting models we have found. Enjoy!

A little advice:

Now that you are prepared to come down to the Pacific Rim there are just a few things to keep in mind. The last stretch of Highway 4, between Port Alberni and the Pacific Rim Visitor Center, is a long mountainous drive. It is very scenic; however we would not want you to enjoy the vista extensively due to an empty fuel tank and without cell reception to tell anyone. So remember that Port Alberni is the last chance to re-fuel before you get to Tofino and Ucluelet. If you are not used to driving curvy mountain passes don’t worry; take your time and use the pullouts frequently if you see cars trailing behind.

 

More tips:

  • Nanaimo to Tofino is about 3.5 hours
  • Refuel in Port Alberni
  • Snow chains or Winter tires mandatory from October 1st – April 30th
  • Port Alberni to Tofino is a mountainous one lane highway
  • Let people pass or pull over
  • Stay safe

When you are visiting this region and planning on hiking the coast on your own without hiring a local guide, please make sure you visit the Coast Smart website and review the local hazards and trail information.

“The goals of CoastSmart are to reduce public risk and enhance coastal safety, near water and in the surf zone in the Pacific Rim Region of BC. Our ambassadors are helping us achieve that goal by endorsing coastal safety through their networks. These ambassadors are highly respected and accomplished in their fields, whether it’s emergency response, surf instruction, accommodation, tourism, government or business.  We are privileged to have them on our team promoting coastal safety and with their help and influence, our messages of awareness and safety can reach a wider audience.” – CoastSmart

Visiting other areas of Vancouver Island and curious of what to do? Check out Tourism Vancouver Island.

Arrived in Tofino or Ucluelet? Now what? Check out Tourism Tofino and Tourism Ucluelet.

Looking for accommodation? Check out Stay Tofino.