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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

2014 Interpretive Programs

This summer, dive in head first! Let our park interpreters inspire and fascinate you as you experience the majesty of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Discover and explore the tide-pools and rainforest. Feel a fuzzy sea otter pelt. Listen to stories that are older than our ancient trees. See the land and water from a different perspective as you are immersed in the cultural and natural treasures of Pacific Rim.

From July to August, join a Parks Canada interpreter for a guided walk on the beach or through the forest or join a talk at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre or Green Point Theatre.

NOTE: Public programs are supported through the purchase of park entry pass.  Programs are presented in English, with limited programming available in French.

Contact us for more information.

11am  Coastal Animals Walk Shoreline Explore Walk Cedar Culture Walk  West Coast Walkabout Shoreline Explore Walk Tracking the Wild Nuu-chah-nulth Culture Walk
1pm TOUCH TANK: Intertidal Survival Language of the Land Mapquest Sea Otters Grenades in the Dunes? TOUCH TABLE: Jaws, Paws & Claws Slugs
2pm Cedar Culture Walk  Native Plant Walk Fish & Plant Printing ($5 each at Wickanninsh Trail A) Rainforest Walk Sand Dunes Walk Rainforest Walk Native Plant Walk
3pm Seashells Slugs Nuu-chah-nulth Whaling TOUCH TABLE: Jaws, Paws & Claws Flotsam & Jetsam Sea Otters Shoreline Birds
8pm Guest Speaker Series A Night of Storytelling Rainforest Stories Pirates of the Intertidal For the Love of Surf Bears, Wolves, Cougars Film - Sea Otters
NOTE: Programs may be subject to change without notice.

Guided Walks 

(approximately 90 minutes, dogs are not permitted)

VENUE: Kwisitis Visitor Centre
  • Coastal Animals Walk: Coastal fauna have informed many cultural teachings of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. What signs of them can we find while walking, and what can we learn by listening?
  • Shoreline Explore Walk: A guided tour of the fascinating world that exists where land and sea meet.
  • Native Plant Walk: Every plant has a gift, a tool, a medicine or a food. Learn about native plant uses and protocol.
  • West Coast Walkabout: Where will you end up? What will you discover? Join a Parks Canada interpreter on this informal nature walk. Check the Kwisitis Centre for the destination of the day.
  • Sand Dunes Walk: Walk the slopes and crests of windblown sand. Discover a world that is not beach or forest, but a strange and disappearing blend of both.
  • Tracking the Wild: Come search for the tracks of Bears Wolves and Cougars, along the shoreline.
  • Nuu-chah-nulth Culture Walk: Learn about Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, the people who come from this land and have cared for it for millennia.
VENUE: Schooner Cove Trail
  • Cedar Culture Walk: The landscape and Nuu-chah-nulth culture are deeply interconnected. Explore the ancient relationship that continues between local First Nations and the coastal temperate rainforest.
  • Rainforest Walk: Experience the sights, sounds, and scents of an old growth rainforest during a two-hour walk along Schooner Cove Trail. 


VENUE: Kwisitis Visitor Centre
  • Join us every day at the Kwisitis Visitors Centre at 1pm and 3pm for an interpretive program with a Parks Canada interpreter! Subjects range from natural history to local First Nations culture.
VENUE: Green Point Theatre
  • Guest Speaker Series: This July and August, Parks Canada will host guest speakers. Speak to a staff member for details on the speakers. 
  • A Night of Storytelling: Storytelling is an important part of the oral history of First Nation people. Glimpse into a time when communication between species was easy, and the lines between human and animal were blurred.
  • Rainforest Stories: What happens when a four-year-old boy tries to take home an 800-year-old cedar? After all, the park does belong to the people... doesn’t it? Come see how complicated the coastal temperate rainforest can be.
  • Pirates of the Intertidal: Meet Captain Claw, a hermit crab not much bigger than your thumb. But beware - his intertidal world is full of thievery, deception & piracy!
  • For the Love of Surf: Surfing Canada’s wild west coast is much more than an ice cream headache and a mouthful of salt water. Join us to learn the lessons and gifts this popular pastime can give, and the connection to nature it nurtures.
  • Bears, Wolves, Cougars: Discover what happens when bears, wolves and cougars try to share this place with the people who live and visit here.
  • Film - Sea Otters: A park favourite, with an interactive introduction by a park interpreter.