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: 

Kwisitis Visitor Centre – infrastructure upgrades

The Kwisitis Visitor Centre is a recognized Federal Heritage Building, and is the national park reserve’s signature building and primary visitor centre.

In 2020, Parks Canada completed work to restore the building exterior and began repairs to interior spaces that have sustained water damage. 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.

In 2021, work continues to restore the building basement, fire suppression system, and restaurant area.

What does this mean for visitors?

  • The interior of the Kwisitis Visitor Centre will be closed to all visitor access until further notice.
  • Please respect all on-site signage, and visitors to the area should expect some minor disturbances, including construction noise.
  • The Kwisitis Visitor Centre’s outdoor Observation Deck at Wickaninnish Beach is open as a safe viewing area for storm watching and a great vista. Before visiting, please review and follow public health authority guidance and advice for your area, including travel advisories. Learn more about COVID-19 and your visit to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Schooner Cove Trail – Closed for improvements

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 winter storms in 2018. Parks Canada is working closely with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations on the future of this area 

Note: Beaches north of Incinerator Rock are closed at this time.

Check storm advisories, warnings and closures in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve before you visit.

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