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Combers Beach

Pacific Rim National Park

Vancouver Island Pacific Rim, British Columbia

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  • Picnic area at the Combers Beach Trailhead.- Combers Beach
  • On the trail down to Combers Beach.- Combers Beach
  • Boardwalk trail to Combers Beach.- Combers Beach
  • Makeshift driftwood structure on Combers Beach.- Combers Beach
  • Beachcombers combing combers beach.- Combers Beach
  • Combers Beach.- Combers Beach
  • Birdwatching at Combers Beach.- Combers Beach
  • Combers Beach.- Combers Beach
  • No shortage of driftwood here.- Combers Beach
  • A freshwater creek cuts across the sand.- Combers Beach
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Pros: 
Beautiful beach. Connected to Long Beach and Wickininnish. Less busy than nearby alternatives.
Cons: 
Slightly less accessible for surfing (a 500 meter trail).
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Region:
Vancouver Island Pacific Rim, BC
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
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Adventure Description

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Comber’s Beach is a gorgeous stretch of coastline where expansive sandy shores and ocean currents combine to create a prime spot for treasure hunting. While virtually every beach in the area is rife with driftwood, this particular beach seems to collect a little more than its share, and one can only assume that other waterborn treasures are also more commonly washed up on the shore. Aside from flotsam and jetsam, the beach is also a popular hangout for the birds and sea lions, which can often be seen on a rocky island aptly called Sea Lion Rocks. The rocks are some distance out in the waves, however, so binoculars are a good idea.  

There are plenty of waves at Combers Beach for a good surf session, but similar waves can be accessed with less walking at nearby Long Beach, so Combers is not nearly as popular with the surfing crowd.

Comber’s Beach merges seamlessly with Wickininnish Beach to the south and is also connected to Long Beach to the north, where the two stretches of white sand are divided by a small overgrown bluff jutting out into the waves called Green Point. Beachcombers can connect the two beaches via a short boardwalk called the Spruce Fringe Trail. This trail features a Krummholz Tunnel, where exposure to coastal winds has a natural pruning effect on the seaward side of the trees and  caused them to lean inland overtop of the trail. The beach is also connected to the ever-popular Green Point Campground just up the hill via another short and easy walking trail.

Visitors who aren't staying at Green Point can access Combers Beach via an easy 0.5-kilometer hiking trail from a parking lot about 2 kilometers south of the campground entrance.

Note that there will be free entry to all Canadian National Parks for the entirety of 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

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