Infrastructure work in the national 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 path 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 pathway
- Kwisitis Visitor Centre
- Grice Bay road
- Logan Creek Bridge, West Coast Trail
- Schooner Cove Trail – Boardwalk improvements
- Completed projects
The Kwisitis Visitor Centre is a recognized Federal Heritage Building, and is the national park reserve’s premier iconic building and primary visitor centre. Work to restore the building exterior, which is nearing the end of its lifecycle, as well as necessary repairs to interior spaces that have sustained water damage will begin in February 2020. This work will ensure that the building can better withstand the elements of the West Coast and continue to serve as a place of wonder for visitors in the years ahead.
What does this mean for visitors?
- During the first phase of work, from February 10 to mid-March 2020, the Kwisitis Visitor Centre will be closed to all visitor access. While work is underway, the observation deck by the Visitor Centre entrance will remain open to visitors.
- During the second phase, the Visitor Centre will reopen to visitors as the work continues until Summer 2020.
- Check here for the Visitor Centre’s current hours of operation as you plan for your next trip to the area.
- During construction, visitors can expect scaffolding around the building and parking may be limited.
- During phase two, especially for larger vehicles like RVs, visitors can find more parking in the day-use areas by turning right at the T junction, where Wick Road meets the beach.
- Please respect all on-site signage, and be aware of some minor disturbances, including construction noise and temporary closures of certain areas.
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 to replace the existing 75 metre bridge with a 113 metre bridge upstream of the current site is underway. The existing bridge will continue to provide hikers with a way to cross Logan Creek until the new bridge is opens for the 2020 hiking season.
Schooner Cove Trail – Boardwalk improvements
Due to extensive storm damage over winter 2018, the Schooner Cove Trail and parking lot in the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is closed to ensure the safety of visitors until further notice. Parks Canada trail crew assessed the trail area and discovered that both the boardwalk and several bridges require significant repairs, after sustaining considerable damage from over 100 trees that fell during the storm. Parks Canada is working closely with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations to re-open the trail in 2020, with work to clear the fallen trees currently underway.
Please use caution when visiting Schooner Cove from Incinerator Rock and Long Beach access points. Always check the tides before heading out as some sections of Schooner Cove are impassable at high tides and access may be dangerous during winter storms.
Check storm advisories, warnings and closures in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve before you visit.