Creature of the month

Wildlife camera photo of cougar

August – Cougar
Act big. Make Noise. Don’t run.

In the unlikely event that you see a cougar, never run. It’s a cat. If you run, it may run after you. Sometimes cougars are described as shy, but really they are such excellent hunters that they rarely let themselves be seen. Cougars generally avoid humans, but that’s not always the case. Be prepared by keeping your children and pets close to you. A cougar could be nearby at almost any time.


Welcome to a complex place

When you visit Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, you are visiting an area that is home to a diverse array of wildlife. Your behavior can have an impact on the safety of wildlife, ourselves, and other park visitors.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Nations have lived in harmony with these animals for generations. We can learn a lot from their values of Iisaak (loosely translated as respect) for the landscape and its inhabitants.

Wildlife camera photo of two wolves Keep the “Wild” in Wildlife
Bears, wolves, and cougars live here too! Find out how to live in harmony with these coastal carnivores.


  • Wolf prints

    Ecology
    Learn fun facts about the appearance, biology, diet, and tracks of the wolves, bears and cougars we share this area with.

  • Volunteer

    Research, Links & Partners
    Want to know how our decisions are made? Find out what research, restoration, and monitoring work is underway in the park reserve by Parks Canada and other organizations.

  • Staff answering questions

    FAQ
    Questions about wildlife? We’ve got answers!

  • Wave watching

    Photo gallery
    Browse photos and tips on how to take great pictures without disturbing wildlife.

  • Wave watching

    Warnings/ Advisories
    Before visiting, review information on current closures, advisories, and warnings in the park reserve.