What to know before you visit

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over five years into infrastructure improvements to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

In Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, a number of exciting projects are underway, including the creation of a new multi-use trail announced as part the Government of Canada’s Budget 2016. While these projects may cause some inconvenience to visitors, and sometimes look pretty unsightly, the work is very important and will help visitors enjoy and explore the national park reserve for many more years to come. We appreciate the patience of visitors and the local communities while we work on these projects.

Projects in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve: 

Visiting the national park reserve July 25 to August 3?

Wick Road, the Kwisitis Visitor Centre parking lot, and Wickaninnish Beach day-use area parking lots will be smoother and safer for visitors after they are paved July 25 to August 3.

  • Paving on Wick Road, with short delays and alternating traffic, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25 and 26.
  • The visitor centre parking lot will be closed on Monday, July 31, and Tuesday, August 1.
  • There will be rotating closures of the day-use parking lots on Wednesday and Thursday, August 2 and 3.

Please note that the visitor centre is open, but visitors with physical limitations may not be able to access the centre on July 31 and August 1. Parks Canada staff will be available in the Wick Beach parking lots to provide tourist information during this time.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while construction is underway, and hope visitors will enjoy these important investments in the long term future of the national park reserve.

Kwisitis Visitor Centre and area

The Kwisitis Visitor Centre: a new water line, renovations to the restaurant area, and resurfacing of the visitor centre parking lot.
Several construction projects are under way including the replacement of the visitor centre roof, renovations to the restaurant area, installation of a new water line, and upgraded sewer lines to the visitor centre and Wickaninnish Beach washrooms. The parking lot in front of the visitor centre and nearby day-use area lots are also being resurfaced. The visitor centre is open during construction, and visitors are invited to discover the amazing plants, animals, and beaches in the area by joining one of Parks Canada’s interpretive programs, including special events to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Wick road upgrades

Over the summer months, visitors will experience alternating traffic and delays (10-15 minutes) on Wick Road.
Wick Road will be upgraded in 2017 to provide visitors with smoother, safer access to beautiful Wickaninnish Beach and the Kwisitis Visitor Centre. The road between the Shorepine Bog Trail and Wickaninnish Beach will be graded and resurfaced, the S-curve will be realigned to make it safer, and sewer lines will be installed. Over the summer months, visitors will experience alternating traffic and delays (10-15 minutes) on Wick Road. The safety of visitors is very important to Parks Canada, and we will be working with the contractor and doing our best to minimize delays and disruptions.

Grice Bay road

Two paddlers on Grice bay
The road and parking lot are open to the public after culverts were replaced, slopes stabilized and drainage work was completed in 2016. In addition to this work, rehabilitation of the boat ramp, parking lot, and day use area had been scheduled, however the initial stages of construction revealed underground contamination in the parking lot. Ensuring the safety of our visitors and the ecological integrity of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is a priority for Parks Canada. Therefore, prior to continuing with these projects, Parks Canada is conducting thorough investigations to determine the scope and nature of existing conditions and what steps may be needed to complete required remediation work.

To stay updated on infrastructure work in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/PacificRimNPR) or on Twitter (@PacificRimNPR) or call 250-726-3500.