Long beach is officially 16 km (10 miles) long with both hard and soft sand and is the longest sandy beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Even without considering connected Combers Beach and Wickaninnish Beach, Long Beach has 10 km of sand the seems to go on forever. It is a popular beach among all skill levels of surfer, whether there’s a great swell or not, you’re always likely to see some bobbing in the swell at Long Beah. Like Chesterman’s, Long Beach is one of the locations that is fondly and firmly seated in the memory of many Vancouver Islander’s. Its panoramic view of ocean and sky, their seemly endless supply of sand and of course the surf that crashes in every day of the year.
Before the Pacific Rim Reserve became a park, people would drive there cars onto Long Beach, if you ask a local that happened to live near here in the late sixties you may just hear a story about cars that ended up becoming submarines.
Easy access off Highway 4 and a huge parking lot make Long Beach extremely popular, but make sure you buy your parking pass at one of the information centers before you get there.