Tofino tourists cautioned about tree-felling on Lighthouse Trail

Active tree falling will take place on Lighthouse Trail near Tofino on Thursday, May 5, and district staff are cautioning people to stay off the trail.

Active tree falling will take place on Lighthouse Trail near Tofino on Thursday, May 5, and district staff are cautioning people to stay off the trail.

The work is expected to take the whole day. Crews are ensuring any dangerous trees are removed from the trail area, said Sally Mole, director of parks and recreation for the District of Tofino.

“The trail’s not officially open yet but we do know there’s traffic on the trail,” she said. “No one should be on the trail during this time.”

Lighthouse Trail is a new gravel trail, much like the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, with some steep sections but no stairs. The hope is this trail will one day hook up to the Wild Pacific Trail, providing a coastal walkway from one end of Pacific Rim National Park to the other.

The trailhead is located at Tofino Community Hall, and the trail can also be accessed at Tonquin Beach. An official opening will take place prior to the May long weekend, Mole said.