Infrastructure work in the park reserve
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.
Projects in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve:
- The new multi-use trail
- Kwisitis Visitor Centre parking lot
- Wick Road
- Green Point Campground kiosk
- Grice Bay
In preparation for upgrades to Wick Road, Parks Canada is conducting an Archaeological Impact Assessment in the area that includes the Kwisitis Visitor Centre parking lot. This work began April 6, 2017.
A number of test pits – one metre wide by two metres long, and two to three metres deep – will provide archaeologists with information on the history of the region. This information will also help the park reserve to make decisions as the project moves forward.
During excavation, the Kwisitis Visitor Centre is open to the public. Visitors may find parking is limited – especially for larger vehicles like RVs – but can find more parking in the day-use areas by turning right at the T junction where Wick Road meets the beach. Parks Canada also reminds visitors to exercise caution around the test pits, and when walking or driving through the parking lot due to uneven and rough surfaces.
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 more safe, and waterlines and fibre optic cable will be installed. Construction will occur in four phases, and visitors should expected short delays and alternating traffic on Wick Road during construction.
Construction of the new visitor kiosk and entrance way is nearing completion. The new entrance provides improved visibility and a double lane so registered campers no longer have to wait behind campers who are just arriving. The kiosk will also be more accessible to different types of vehicles. Visitors arriving to camp in May could find work crews completing the last finishing touches to the entrance, but will enjoy entering via the new kiosk and the many recent improvements in the campground including new shower/washroom facilities, new picnic tables, and brighter campsites.
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.