All commercial filming and photography in the national park reserve requires a film or photography permit (DOC, 847 KB).

Lying along the west coast of Vancouver Island, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is situated in the traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and boasts kilometres of long sandy beaches, unspoiled temperate rainforests and adventures that will delight the explorer in all!

To care for this amazing place and also ensure visitors’ experiences are not impacted, filming and photography activities have special considerations.


Submit an application a minimum of 20 business days (4 weeks) prior to the intended film or photography activities to:

Crystal Bolduc
Promotions Officer, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
250-726-7165 ext 516

Applications will be assessed against Canada's National Parks Act , national park regulations and how the initiative would contribute to awareness, education, and appreciation of national parks. When reviewing the application, Parks Canada will also consult with indigenous partners in whose traditional territory the filming and/or photography is proposed. If approved, a Film/Photography permit will be issued.

Note: Parks Canada reserves the right to refuse applications that are not in the best interest of the Agency or revoke permission if terms and conditions of the permit are violated.

What works well

  • Productions involving minimal equipment, crew size and impact on the environment and visitors;
  • Productions contributing to public awareness, appreciation and understanding of Canada’s national parks and Parks Canada; and
  • Productions requesting off-season or weekday shooting dates.

What won’t work

  • Using equipment, chemicals or engaging in any activity that may damage the environment;
  • Take-off and landing of aircrafts (including drones), or low-level flying;
  • Exclusive use of an area, limiting public access or disrupting public enjoyment;
  • Portraying activities that are illegal, or conflict with Parks Canada’s mandate; and/or
  • Disrupting, harassing or manipulating wildlife, including using trained wildlife.


Fee information for commercial film and photography in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Production crew size Application fee (non-refundable) Location fee (per day)
1-6 $147.20 $490.60
7-15 $368.00 $981.30
16-30 $735.90 $1,471.90
31-99 $2,453.20 $1,962.60
100+ $2,943.90 $2,453.20