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
- Grice Bay road
- Logan Creek Bridge, West Coast Trail
- Schooner Cove Trail – Boardwalk improvements
- Completed projects
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 stabilization and drainage enhancements. This important work will ensure ongoing access to the day use area at the end of Grice Bay Road.
Work continues this summer with the rehabilitation of a salmon stream road crossing culvert along Grice Bay Road beginning September 3, 2019.
The contractor will be undertaking instream work during the window of least risk to help reduce effects on fish and fish habitat. The new stream crossing when completed, will provide access to salmon so they can reach important spawning grounds and nursery habitat for generations.
During the six to eight week construction period starting September 3, 2019, delays and road closures can be expected:
- September 3 to 5, 2019: One-way, alternating traffic
- Starting September 6 and until further notice: Grice Bay Road and boat ramp will be closed to the public and all vehicle traffic
While Grice Bay Road and boat ramp are closed, an alternative boat launch is available in Tofino at the 4th Street boat launch (fees apply).
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 nearing completion. The existing bridge will continue to provide hikers with a way to cross Logan Creek until the new bridge is operational in 2019.
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.