Things to do
Visiting Pacific Rim National Park Reserve will be different than previous years. Be prepared and know what is open and closed before you go.
Steeped in Nuu-chah-nulth culture dating back thousands of years, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is your gateway to the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. Activities range from a one-hour interpretive walk to the hike of a lifetime along the legendary West Coast Trail. Try surfing, Canadian style, explore tidal pools teeming with sea life or enjoy a tranquil paddle among the emerald waters of the Broken Group Islands.
Park visitors with a valid National Park Entry Pass are authorized to have beach fires in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve only in the following locations:
- Long Beach Unit
- Florencia Beach
- Wickaninnish Beach
- Radar Beaches
- Broken Group Islands Unit
- All beaches
- West Coast Trail Unit
- All beaches (Excludes: beaches between 34 km and 38 km)
Beach Fires are not permitted on:
- Long Beach between the bottom of Schooner Trail and Sandhill Creek on Combers Beach
- Swim Beach on Kennedy Lake
- West Coast Trail: beaches between 24km and 38km
All beach fires are subject to the following conditions:
- Fire sites must be a minimum of 3m from drift logs, the forest, overhanging vegetation and structures;
- Fires are prohibited in the forest and in sandy areas with evidence of root systems underneath;
- Fires must be less than 1m in diameter and less than 1m high - small enough to put out quickly and completely;
- Fuel may only consist of purchased firewood or driftwood found on beaches below the high tide line that is small enough to burn down completely to ashes;
- Fires must be burnt to ashes and extinguished with water until cool to the touch (do not bury with sand unless in an emergency); and
- Once the fire has been extinguished, all signs of the fire must be obliterated.
Guided activities and tours are available in all units of the park by licensed commercial operators. Park business licenses require operators to follow environmental best practices and meet accepted safety standards. Click here for the complete list of approved services and operators.
Accommodation options and other services are found adjacent to the park in the villages. For more information, contact the Chambers of Commerce.
Kayaking or canoeing with custodial groups*
Interim restrictions have been implemented for custodial groups kayaking or canoeing in Pacific Rim's marine waters. Please contact the park prior to arrival for information and appropriate permits.
*A custodial group means a group affiliated with an institution, where at least one person is below the age of majority and a minor is unaccompanied by his/her parent or guardian.
The Canada National Parks Act ensures that everything in our national parks, from the smallest tide pool creature to the largest tree, receives protection. Park regulations assist with preserving visitor enjoyment and safety as well as protecting the natural and cultural resources in the park. The following activities are prohibited in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve:
- Collecting natural (e.g., wildflowers, rocks, mushrooms, berries) or cultural objects (e,g., First Nation or early settlers artifacts)
- Motorized off-road travelling
- Use of personal watercraft, (e.g., Sea Doos, Jet Skis, etc.) or water skiing equipment
- Kite flying in the Long Beach North and Incinerator beaches (along the airport approach way)
- Activities involving aircraft, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or drones) except with a Restricted Activity Permit
On the bucket list of any serious hiker, the 75-kilometre West Coast Trail follows the one-time survival route of unlucky shipwreck victims through old-growth forests, past wide-open beaches and across suspension bridges spanning rivers and streams.
For a once-in-a-lifetime surfing experience, leave the bikinis and board shorts behind and suit up in neoprene to catch some waves off Canada’s west coast. Beaches offer year-round surfing for beginners and experts alike.
Make your visit to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve the cultural experience of a lifetime with interpretive walks, storytelling and interactive displays hosted by park partners, the Nuu-chah-nulth people, who have lived here for centuries.