Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Important information about your visit to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

UPDATE: All non-essential travel into and out of B.C., and between regions of the province, should be avoided until further notice. For more information on travel guidance for this BC Provincial Health Order (November 19, 2020) click here.

Non-medical masks or face coverings are required for everyone when visiting indoor public spaces at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve including washrooms.

Please understand that the current COVID-19 situation remains fluid, with government regulations and health guidelines changing rapidly.

The health and safety of our employees, our partners, our visitors, and all Canadians is of the highest priority for Parks Canada. The Agency is following the advice of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. Only places and activities where health and safety risks to employees and visitors can be mitigated will be available for visitation. The visitor experience will be different than it has been in the past as we adapt to COVID-19.

Please check below for specific information on what is open and what is closed in the Long Beach Unit, Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail. 

Remember to follow public health authority guidance and advice for your area, including travel advisories. Most importantly, stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you’ve been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has been diagnosed with the virus.

What's open and operating (updated March 25, 2021)
Long Beach Unit

Day Use Areas

The following parking areas and nearby washrooms/pit toilets are open for day use in the Long Beach Unit (please observe directional signage to ensure physical distance measures):
  • Radar Hill
  • Grice Bay
  • Long Beach North
  • Long Beach South
  • Combers Beach
  • Wickaninnish Beach
  • Kwisitis Visitor Centre parking lot and beach access trail (the Kwisitis Visitor Centre and access to South Beach and the Nuu-chah-nulth Trails remains closed)
  • Florencia Beach (north)

Incinerator day use area, which is closest to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation communities of Esowista and Ty-histanis, will remain closed and approaching the national park reserve beaches north of Incinerator Rock is prohibited. Please respect and support Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s efforts to protect their citizens.  Directional signage will be present to share this message with visitors.

The flush toilets and pit toilets are only meant for waste that is biodegradable.  Please do not put any foreign objects in the toilets including: disinfectant wipes, feminine hygiene products and any other non-biodegradable items. Doing so will clog the waste management system and require Parks Canada to close the toilets.

Trails
The following hiking trails are open (please observe directional signage to ensure physical distance measures):
  • Rainforest Trail A and B
  • Shorepine Bog Trail
  • Combers Beach Trail – but beach access is not recommended

While on trails, please behave responsibly and practice physical distancing. When possible, create two metres distance between you and other visitors by stepping to the side and not following directly behind the person or group in front of you. For staircases, the visitors coming up the stairs have the right of way. 

Green Point Campground – closed for 2020 season.
Throughout the national park reserve:
  • Highway 4
  • Highway maintenance
  • Water System Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Visitor Safety and Search and Rescue
What's closed (updated March 25, 2021)
Long Beach Unit
Day Use Areas

The following parking lots and day use areas, including washrooms and pit toilets, are closed:

  • Incinerator
  • Schooner Cove
  • Kennedy Lake – closed for the season
Trails

One-way trails in the Long Beach Unit are closed:

  • Schooner Cove Trail
  • Nuu-chah-nulth Trail
  • South Beach Trail
  • Willowbrea Trail
  • Halfmoon Bay Trail
National Park Reserve Administration Office – closed until further notice
Green Point Campground – closed for the 2020 season
Broken Group Islands
  • Camping in the Broken Group Islands will remain closed until at least April 30, 2021.
  • A reservation launch date has yet to be confirmed for the Broken Group Islands.
  • Parks Canada continues to work collaboratively with local First Nations to explore visitor experience options that do not put remote communities and staff at risk of COVID-19 transmission. When and if this experience becomes available for 2021 reservations, the reservation launch date will be communicated through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s website and social media.
West Coast Trail including Keeha, Tapaltos, Cape Beale and Nitinaht Triangle:
  • The West Coast Trail remains closed until at least June 03 ,2021. This closure extends to camping at Keeha Beach, Tapaltos, all other locations in the Cape Beale region and the Nitinaht Triangle.
  • The West Coast Trail will be open to overnight visitors from June 4 to September 30 in 2021.
  • Reservations for the West Coast Trail backcountry experience will open on April 30, 2021 at 8 am PDT.
  • Camping at Keeha Beach, Tapaltos and all other locations in the Cape Beal region and the Nitinaht Triangle will remain closed until further notice.
Throughout the national park reserve:
  • Visitor Centres
  • Visitor Services
  • Interpretive Programs
  • All group activities and special events
Camping during COVID-19 (updated March 25, 2021)

Parks Canada continues to monitor and adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Reservations for the 2021 visitor season will open in April 2021, as opposed to January, to allow additional time to monitor the pandemic and make any necessary changes to the campsites and experiences that can be reserved for the 2021 visitor season. This will also allow visitors to make their reservations closer to the date of travel and with more information to help plan their visit. 

If you or anyone in your travelling group has been sick in the previous week or have flu or COVID-19 like symptoms, please reschedule your trip. You will receive a full refund if you need to cancel in advance of your check-in time. It is advised that all members of your camping party take the Government of Canada’s self-assessment tool one week before your arrival, on the day before your arrival and on every day during your stay. 

Long Beach Unit
Green Point Campground – closed for the 2020 season.
Broken Group Islands:
  • Camping in the Broken Group Islands will remain closed until at least April 30,2021.
  • A reservation launch date has yet to be confirmed for the Broken Group Islands.
  • Parks Canada continues to work collaboratively with local First Nations to explore visitor experience options that do not put remote communities and staff at risk of COVID-19 transmission. When and if this experience becomes available for 2021 reservations, the reservation launch date will be communicated through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s website and social media.
  • For more info
West Coast Trail including Keeha, Tapaltos, Cape Beale and Nitinaht Triangle:
  • The West Coast Trail will be open to overnight visitors from June 4 to September 30 in 2021.
  • Reservations for the West Coast Trail backcountry experience will open on April 30, 2021 at 8 am PDT at www.reservations.pc.gc.ca or 1-877-737-3783
  • Camping at Keeha Beach, Tapaltos and all other locations in the Cape Beale region and the Nitinaht Triangle will remain closed until further notice.
  • For more info
 
Your safety when visiting
The safety of visitors, employees and residents is our top priority. We appreciate your support in ensuring a safe and respectful visit:
  • Non-medical masks or face coverings are required for everyone when visiting indoor public spaces at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve including washrooms. An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.
    • National Park Reserve Administration
    • Public Washrooms, including:
      • Day Use Washrooms – Wickaninnish, Long Beach South and Long Beach North
      • Green Point Campground – Washroom buildings #1, #2 and #3
  • Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you (or your family group) and others.
  • Practice proper hygiene as directed by health authorities.
  • Stay home if you are sick or if you were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Respect all onsite direction and signage. Some will be new and will help ensure physical distancing.
  • While on trails, please behave responsibly and practice physical distancing. When possible, create two metres distance between you and other visitors by stepping to the side and not following directly behind the person or group in front of you. For staircases, the visitors coming UP the stairs have the right of way. Safety is a shared responsibility, let’s work together to keep Pacific Rim National Park Reserve safe.
  • Incinerator day use area, which is closest to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation communities of Esowista and Ty-histanis, will remain closed and approaching national park reserve beaches north of Incinerator Rock is prohibited. Please respect and support Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s efforts to protect their citizens. Directional signage will be present to share this message with visitors.
  • Special Note: The flush toilets and pit toilets are only meant for waste that is biodegradable.  Please do not put any foreign objects in the toilets including: disinfectant wipes, feminine hygiene products and any other non-biodegradable items. Doing so will clog the waste management system and require Parks Canada to close the toilets. 
  • Be self-sufficient by bringing your own clean-trip kit, including hand sanitizer, garbage bags, masks when recommended by health authorities, as well as table cloths if you plan to use a picnic table.
  • Hand sanitizer will not be available on site, including in pit toilets, so it is important to come prepared with your own.
  • You are responsible for your own safety. Be cautious when engaging in activities in order to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
  • Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these special places clean.
  • Abide by all travel advisories and health recommendations.
  • Be CoastSmart and Know Before You Go – CoastSmart.ca
  • Be kind and patient with each other. We are all in this together!
FAQ – General
Where can I buy a National Park Entry Pass?

Daily national park entry passes are available at:

  • National Park Entry Pass machines in day use areas that are currently open in the Long Beach Unit.
  • National Park Reserve Administration Office  
  • Tofino Visitor Centre - Tofino
  • Pacific Rim Visitor Centre – Junction of Highway 4 and Pacific Rim Highway 
  • Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centre – Port Alberni

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Annual Passes are available at:

  • National Park Reserve Administration Office
  • Tofino Visitor Centre – Tofino
  • Pacific Rim Visitor Centre - Junction of Highway 4 and Pacific Rim Highway
  • Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centre – Port Alberni

Parks Canada Discovery Passes are available at:

  • National Park Reserve Administration Office 
  • Tofino Visitor Centre
  • Pacific Rim Visitor Centre - Junction of Highway 4 and Pacific Rim Highway 
Will my current Annual National Park Entry Pass be extended due to the COVID-19 closures?

If you already have a Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Annual Pass or a Parks Canada Discovery Pass that was valid as of March 2020, your pass will be extended by four months to more than cover the period when the national park reserve was closed. There is no action required on your part as Parks Canada will take into account the four month extension when completing compliance checks.

Beginning in June 2020 any annual national park entry passes sold will be valid for one year as normal.

For example if you purchased your Annual National Park Entry Pass in:

Annual NP Entry Pass Purchase Date Original Expiration Date New Expiration Date
January 2019 - expired January 2020 - expired January 2020 - expired
February 2019 - expired February 2020 - expired February 2020 - expired
Mar-19 Mar-20 Jul-20
Apr-19 Apr-20 Aug-20
May-19 May-20 Sep-20
Jun-19 Jun-20 Oct-20
Jul-19 Jul-20 Nov-20
Aug-19 Aug-20 Dec-20
Sep-19 Sep-20 Jan-21
Oct-19 Oct-20 Feb-21
Nov-19 Nov-20 Mar-21
Dec-19 Dec-20 Apr-21
Jan-20 Jan-21 May-21
Feb-20 Feb-21 Jun-21
Mar-20 Mar-21 Jul-21
Apr-20 Apr-21 No Sales***
May-20 May-21 No Sales***
Jun-20 Jun-21 Jun-21
Jul-20 Jul-21 Jul-21
Aug-20 Aug-21 Aug-21
Sep-20 Sep-21 Sep-21
Oct-20 Oct-21 Oct-21
Nov-20 Nov-21 Nov-21
Dec-20 Dec-21 Dec-21
 
Where can I get my local First Nation Annual Pass?

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is within the hahuułi (traditional territory) of nine Nuu-chah-nulth nations:

  • Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations
  • Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ
  • Toquaht Nation
  • Tseshaht First Nation
  • Uchucklesaht Tribe
  • Hupacasath First Nation
  • Huu-ay-aht First Nations
  • Ditidaht First Nation
  • Pacheedaht First Nation

Citizens from these nations can pick up their complimentary Pacific Rim National Park Reserve annual pass from their respective nation’s administration office.

Indigenous traditional activities in Parks Canada locations continue and anyone taking part in traditional harvesting is asked to follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing.

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