Parks Canada's Infrastructure Program
What to know before you visit
Over the next five years, Parks Canada will invest $2.6 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.
Projects in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve:
What can you do in the park reserve?
Try these hikes!
Schooner Cove Trail (located on Highway 4 south of Tofino) - Follow this twisting boardwalk as it descends through young and old stands of cedar/hemlock forest and Sitka spruce fringe to Schooner Cove beach – a great place to do some tidal pool exploring at low tide! This trail is 1 km one-way and has some long flights of stairs.
Long Beach at North Beach Parking Lot
(located on Highway 4 halfway between Ucluelet and Tofino) - Put on your walking shoes and make the trek south to sit on one of Parks Canada’s iconic red chairs. Hint: when you get to the green point or rocky outcropping look up, look way up.
Incinerator Rock (located on Highway 4 north of Long Beach) - Long Beach isn’t just famous for its long stretch of sand and sky, it’s also one of the best places to catch waves on the west coast of Canada. Put on a (thick) wet suit, take a lesson, and give surfing a try.
Rainforest Trail - Route B
(located on Highway 4 south of Long Beach) - Explore a world of ancient giants, drifting mists, witches’ moss, twisted trees and rainforest wildlife on the Rainforest Trail. The trail is 1 km and there are many short flights of stairs. (Route A of the Rainforest Trail is closed for repairs.)
Willowbrae and Halfmoon Bay Trails (located off of Highway 4, 2 km south of the Ucluelet -Tofino Junction) - Stroll along a path through old growth forest and discover secluded sandy beaches just waiting for your footprints. Halfmoon Bay Trail branches off of Willowbrae Trail after 1 km. Both trails are approximately 1.5 km one-way and have long flights of stairs leading to the beach.
Now that the camping season is finished for the year, construction begins on a new visitor kiosk and improved entry point to Green Point Campground. The new entrance will have improved visibility, and a double lane so registered campers no longer have to wait behind campers who are just arriving, while the kiosk will be more accessible to different types of vehicles.
For safety reasons, the area will be closed to the public during construction. Visitors can still access Long Beach through the parking lots at Long Beach, and by Incinerator Rock. Thank you for your understanding and patience while this work is underway.
Construction and closure of the campground area to the public begins on October 12th. We look forward to welcoming campers back to Green Point, with these improvements, in the spring of 2017.
Route A of the Rainforest Trail closed
Route A of the Rainforest Trail has been closed while 1000 metres of boardwalk is rehabilitated to improve the safety and experience of visitors. New cedar boardwalk and stairs will replace the deteriorated structures. Work will be completed by the end of April 2017.
Route A is on the eastern side of the Pacific Rim Highway. Visitors are invited to experience the western, ocean-facing side of the Rainforest Trail, known as Route B. This section will also be rehabilitated at a later date.
The Rainforest Trail offers visitors the opportunity to explore a world of ancient trees, drifting mists, witches’ moss, and rainforest wildlife. It is located nine kilometres north of the Pacific Rim Visitor Centre at the Ucluelet-Tofino Junction. By restoring the trail, visitors will enjoy a fascinating and safe journey into the heart of a coastal rainforest for many years to come.
Wick Road has re-opened and visitors are able to once again access Wickaninnish Beach, Florencia Bay, and the Shorepine Bog Trail.
Construction work is still underway while a new water main is installed. Visitors may experience crews working, single lane traffic, and short delays on the road over the next few months.
Parks Canada is pleased to advise that Grice Bay Road in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve has re-opened following the completion of several infrastructure improvement projects. During the closure, three culverts were replaced, slope stabilization and drainage work were implemented, and the road was resurfaced.
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 will conduct thorough investigations to determine the scope and nature of existing conditions and what steps may be needed to complete required remediation work.
While it is unfortunate that the work originally scheduled for the boat ramp, parking lot and day use area will not be completed this summer, Parks Canada recognizes the importance of first remediating the contamination at Grice Bay. Once this work is completed, the remaining infrastructure work can continue. In the meantime, the day use area remains open and safe for people to use and limited parking will be available, with a section of the parking lot remaining closed while we continue our investigation of the contaminated section.
Parks Canada sincerely appreciates the patience of local residents and visitors to the park reserve while Grice Bay Road was closed and looks forward to their continued support during the ongoing work at the day-use areas.
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