Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, nestled in the ḥaḥuułi (traditional territories) of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, tells a story of those who lived here for generations.
Nuu-chah-nulth, or "along the mountains and sea", refers to the territories along the 300 km stretch of Vancouver Island's west coast - from Brooks Peninsula in the north to Point-no-Point in the south, and to the Vancouver Island Range in the east.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is part of Canada’s system of national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. Parks Canada established Pacific Rim to represent, protect and present the coastal plains portion of the Pacific Coast Mountains and the near-shore waters of the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Visitors to the Long Beach unit of the national park reserve will notice that work is underway on the new multi-use pathway, ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee), which is located within the ḥaḥuułi (traditional territories) of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ. ʔapsčiik t̓ašii is designed to be family friendly and accessible to people of all ages and abilities, avoiding steep grades and multiple highway crossings, with room on the pathway for all users to pass each other safely. The ʔapsčiik t̓ašii corridor is currently an active construction zone and visitors are not permitted to enter any portion of the 25 km pathway until its completion which is expected to be announced in 2022.
National Park Entry Fees: All visitors to the national park reserve are required to have a valid national park entry pass. These can be purchased at the Pacific Rim Visitor Center at the junction, the Tofino Visitor Center, the Park Administration Office within the park, and at the automated national park entry pass machines in the various parking lots within the national park reserve. For information on national park entry fees, please click here.
Be CoastSmart and 'know before you go' near the water. Our coastal areas are there for you to enjoy. CoastSmart is a communication and education campaign that highlights the hazards along the coastline between Tofino and Ucluelet, helps people to avoid those hazards, and provides advice to keep people safe as they enjoy coastal recreation. Coastsmart.ca, and the free CoastSmart app are the go-to places to access all information you will need to make informed decisions as well as assist you in planning your visit to the Pacific Rim region.
More info on Parks Canada? Try here.