Infrastructure work in the park reserve
What to know before you visit
Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over five years into infrastructure improvements to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.
In Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, a number of exciting projects are underway, including the creation of a new multi-use trail announced as part the Government of Canada’s Budget 2016. While these projects may cause some inconvenience to visitors, and sometimes look pretty unsightly, the work is very important and will help visitors enjoy and explore the national park reserve for many more years to come. We appreciate the patience of visitors and the local communities while we work on these projects.
Projects in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve:
- ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee): the new multi-use trail
- Logan Creek Bridge, West Coast Trail
- Washrooms at Long Beach, Wick Beach and Incinerator Rock
- Rainforest Trail Route B
- Grice Bay road
- Pacific Rim Highway safety improvements
- Completed projects
ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee): The new multi-use trail
- Visitors travelling through the national park reserve are likely to see some cleared areas beside the Pacific Rim Highway and along Wickaninnish Road, as well as near some parking lots. While it may not always be visible, work continues behind the scenes, as Parks Canada plans the final details of the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii project before the next phase of construction.
- Once those details have been finalized, the Request for Proposal for the next phase of construction will be posted on the Government of Canada’s Electronic Tendering Service (buyandsell.gc.ca). Activities in this stage could include preparation of the trail bed, bringing in gravel, installing drainage culverts, and building bridges. Environmental and archaeological monitoring for the project is ongoing and will continue throughout the entire project.
- Once construction begins, visitors can find updates on progress on our social media accounts: Facebook (facebook.com/PacificRimNPR) and Twitter (twitter.com/pacificrimNPR), in addition to this web site.
Logan Creek Bridge, West Coast Trail
The Logan Creek suspension bridge is located approximately 19 km from the Gordon River Trailhead on the West Coast Trail. Work has begun to replace the existing 75 metre bridge with a 113 metre bridge upstream of the current site. The existing bridge will continue to provide hikers with a way to cross Logan Creek until the new bridge is operational in 2019.
Washrooms at Long Beach South and Green Point Campground
This fall, work will begin to replace the washrooms at Long Beach South and two of the washroom buildings at Green Point campground. At Long Beach South you should expect to see fencing and work crews. Construction at Green Point campground will start up once the campground has closed for the season on October 9 so there should be no disruptions to visitors.
Rainforest Trail Pacific Rim highway crossing
Parks Canada is planning some improvements to the crosswalk area that connects the two halves of the Rainforest Trail. This work will increase the safety of visitors as they cross the Pacific Rim Highway to get to Rainforest Trail A and the beautiful boardwalks that wind through the coastal rainforest. This winter, drivers on the Pacific Rim Highway should expect some short delays and alternating traffic in this area while work is underway.
Grice Bay road
Over the last two years Parks Canada has been making improvements to Grice Bay Road including hazard tree removal, culvert replacements, slope stabilisation and drainage enhancements. This important work will ensure ongoing access to the boat launch and day use area at the end of Grice Bay Road. In 2019, this work will continue with culvert replacement and repaving work. This work will improve salmon movement and water drainage in the area.
Pacific Rim Highway safety improvements
Line painting within the national park reserve was completed in September 2018. Other safety improvements scheduled on the Pacific Rim Highway include installation of new signage and the removal of hazard alder trees.