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

Parks Canada is pleased to begin a gradual re-opening of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve so nearby visitors can enjoy the beauty of this protected area in a safe and responsible way.

The resumption of services will take time and be incremental in nature to ensure the health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada staff.

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.

We look forward to gradually and safely welcoming you back to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Please check back regularly to find out what is open, what is closed, and how to be safe when you visit.

What's open and operating (updated Aug 10, 2020)
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
  • 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)
  • Kennedy Lake

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.  Junior Guardians and 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 loop hiking trails are open (please observe directional signage to ensure physical distance measures):
  • Rainforest Trail A and B
  • Shorepine Bog Trail

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

As of June 22nd, 2020 a limited number of campsites in the Green Point Campground will be open. As part of our efforts to support physical distancing, some campsites and areas will remain closed.
 
What will be open:

  • Electrical sites #1 through #94
  • Washroom buildings #1, #2 and #3 (hot indoor showers will not be operational)
  • Outdoor cold water showers at washrooms #2 and #3

What will remain closed:

  • Walk-in/un-serviced sites (W1 – W20)
  • oTENTik
  • Group Campsite
  • Washroom building #4 (closest to Green Point Theatre)
  • All hot indoor showers
  • Green Point Theatre 

The Parks Canada Reservation System will reopen for new reservations in Green Point Campground at 8AM PDT on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020. For more info

National Park Reserve Administration Office
  • Open: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mon - Fri, year round)
  • Closed: during lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. and on statutory holidays
  • We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve including the National Park Reserve Administration Office.
  • Maintain physical distancing (2m)
  • Max 1 person at a time permitted inside.
Throughout the national park reserve:
  • Highway 4
  • Highway maintenance
  • Water System Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Visitor Safety and Search and Rescue
What's closed (updated July 20, 2020)
Long Beach Unit
Day Use Areas

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

  • Incinerator
  • Combers Beach
  • Schooner Cove
Trails

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

  • Schooner Cove Trail
  • Combers Beach Trail
  • Nuu-chah-nulth Trail
  • South Beach Trail
  • Willowbrea Trail
  • Halfmoon Bay Trail
Broken Group Islands

Camping in the Broken Group Islands will remain closed for the 2020 Season.

West Coast Trail including Keeha, Tapaltos, Cape Beale and Nitinaht Triangle:

The West Coast Trail remains closed for the 2020 season. This closure extends to camping at Keeha Beach, Tapaltos, all other locations in the Cape Beale region and the Nitinaht Triangle.

Throughout the national park reserve:
  • Visitor Centres
  • Visitor Services
  • Interpretive Programs
  • All group activities and special events
Camping during COVID-19 (updated July 8, 2020)

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
As of June 22nd, 2020 a limited number of campsites in the Green Point Campground will be open. As part of our efforts to support physical distancing, some campsites and areas will remain closed.
 
What will be open:
  • Electrical sites #1 through #94
  • Washroom buildings #1, #2 and #3 (hot indoor showers will not be operational)
  • Outdoor cold water showers at washrooms #2 and #3 
What will remain closed:
  • Walk-in/un-serviced sites (W1 – W20)
  • oTENTik
  • Group Campsite
  • Washroom building #4 (closest to Green Point Theatre)
  • All hot indoor showers
  • Green Point Theatre 

The Parks Canada Reservation System will reopen for new reservations in Green Point Campground at 8AM PDT on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020. 

For more info

Broken Group Islands:
  • Camping in the Broken Group Islands will remain closed for the 2020 Season.
  • For more info
West Coast Trail including Keeha, Tapaltos, Cape Beale and Nitinaht Triangle:
  • The West Coast Trail remains closed for the 2020 season. This closure extends to camping at Keeha Beach, Tapaltos, all other locations in the Cape Beale region and the Nitinaht Triangle.
  • 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:
  • We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. 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.  Junior Guardians and 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:

  • Park use machines in day use areas that are currently open in the Long Beach Unit.
  • National Park Reserve Administration Office
  • Green Point Campground
  • 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
  • Green Point Campground
  • 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
  • Green Point Campground
  • 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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