Explore Pacific Rim
Canada: Vast, varied and awe inspiring
The Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, prairie, tundra, rainforest, mountains, lakes, rivers.... No other country on earth has the same diversity of landscape and seascape that Canada has. It is vast, it is varied, it is awe-inspiring, and it shapes the people that call it home. Celebrating the stories and protecting the heritage of Canada for present, and future generations, is Parks Canada's privilege.
Our country's heritage can not be protected in just one or two special places. An entire network of carefully chosen areas representative of the country's cultural and natural history is required to capture a sense of Canada. This is why Parks Canada has created a system of National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Areas.
One of Canada's treasures
Canada's national parks represent different regions of Canada.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada represents:
- The coastal lowland forests of the Pacific Coast Mountain region, and the
- Near shore waters of the Vancouver Island's shelf marine region.
Imagine sand between your toes, eagles soaring overhead, ferns, and cushions of moss hanging from the branches of towering Sitka spruce, and the ocean stretching off as far as the eye can see. Do you begin to sense the value of this place? This national park is one of Canada's treasures, a treasure worth preserving.
Everything is one
On its own, Parks Canada can't protect or conserve the country's national parks. Parks Canada needs everyone's help.
Activities outside a park influence everything within that park. Perhaps the Nuu-chah-nuulth First Nations of this area say it best with the word, "Hishuk-ish ts'awalk". This means "everything is one", a concept as important and timeless as the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada is a core-protected area within a larger ecosystem. To protect what is inside the park boundaries, we, as a community, must also conserve what is outside the park boundary.
Maintaining the ecological integrity that ensures the community's parts are present, healthy, and working, is Parks Canada's first priority.
Each individual of the local, national and international community has the ability to contribute the ecological integrity of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada. Parks Canada and the Nuu-chah-nuulth First Nations are working together to achieve this goal and we need your help.
Explore Pacific Rim through our website; see the lushness of the rainforests, the abundance of the intertidal, and hear the story of the land and its people.