Vargas Island is a large, mysterious island in Clayoquot Sound located a few kilometers Northwest of Tofino, British Columbia. It is approximately a 20 minute ride to Vargas Island by boat from Tofino. It contrasts strongly against it’s neighboring mountainous islands such as Flores and Meares because it is flat and boggy. Vargas is vast and begging to be explored with it’s thick rain forest, soggy marsh, and the long stretch of beaches, broken up by jutting rock ledges as it’s outline. Vargas is home to the beautiful Ahous Bay, which is located in Vargas Island Provincial Park.
If you are interested in exploring Vargas; Vargas Island Inn is located on the East side of the island. It has rooms available along with camping and cabins. There is a very primitive path that starts right behind Vargas Island Inn and winds all the way across the island. It leads you West to Ahous Bay. Keep in mind that Vargas Island has a large wolf population. Wolf sightings are not rare. The wolves are usually quite timid with humans but some have been known to be a little curious. Be sure to wear your hiking boots. You’ll want to bring a lunch, water, a camera, and don’t forget your sense of adventure!