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. 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, is underway. 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?

  • The Kwisitis Visitor Centre will be closed to all visitor access throughout summer 2020. 
  • Currently, the parking lot at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre is also closed to public access. During the second phase of the national park reserve’s reopening, this parking lot may reopen to visitors. 
  • Please respect all on-site signage, and visitors to the area should expect some minor disturbances, including construction noise. 

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.

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.


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