Wick Road Bridge and salmon habitat restoration

Spawning and juvenile salmon can now access previously unreachable habitat thanks to the replacement of an old, collapsing culvert with a clear-span bridge on Wick Road. This project is one of the most ecologically-effective salmon habitat restoration projects in the history of the national park reserve. Watch the time-lapse video to see the installation of the bridge and return of wildlife to the creek. This project was completed in June, 2016.

Restoring Salmon Habitat on Sandhill Creek


Text: Restoring Salmon Habitat on Sandhill Creek - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Text: The Wick Road culvert on Sandhill Creek was a barrier for many salmon attempting to reach spawning grounds and nursery habitat.

Text: To address this, Parks Canada replaced the culvert with a bridge and created a fish-friendly environment under and around it.

Text: The project was the largest effort in salmon habitat restoration in the national park reserve's history.

[Timelapse of tractors and construction workers digging up the old culvert, shaping the ground, adding boulders and crushed stone. The workers remove a temporary dam allowing water to flow into the new creek terrain.]

[A series of images show the old culvert, the bridge during construction, and the completed project.]

[Several shots show salmon swimming through the new habitat beneath the completed bridge.]

Text: The creek is flowing freely for the first time in 18 years.

Text: This project has opened up additional spawning habitat for adult salmon and safe nursery areas for juveniles!

Text: Now bears are returning to the stream to feed. Their leftovers will fertilize the forest. It's the circle of life and shows how restoring this stream has benefits for the whole ecosystem and protection of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve!

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Pacific Rim Highway – Safety improvements

Parks Canada has completed significant improvements to Highway 4 through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. These upgrades improve the safety of visitors and community members, ensuring a high-quality travelling experience through the national park reserve, while reducing long-term maintenance costs to this important roadway and achieving conservation gains for the national park reserve’s ecosystem. 

Highlights of the completed work include repaving and repairs along the entire highway and to some adjacent roads, the addition of a pedestrian controlled crosswalk at a popular day-hike area to enhance pedestrian and motorist safety, and the installation of new LED signs to broadcast critical, real-time, safety information. The improvements to Highway 4 through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve will benefit local communities, and visitors to the national park reserve.

Washrooms at Long Beach South and North, Wickaninnish Beach and Incinerator Rock

New washroom
Four beautiful new washrooms at Incinerator Rock, Wickaninnish Beach and Long Beach North and South are now open. The new buildings have toilets, change rooms and outdoor showers. Visitors can also access a park use machine at the new information kiosk at Incinerator Rock, completed in 2019.

Green Point Campground

The new entrance kiosk and entrance area allows visitors to by-pass the line-up if they have already registered at the campground.

A new entrance kiosk with a wider entrance allows visitors to by-pass the line-up if they have already registered at the campground. Four new washroom buildings with hot showers and kitchen sinks; electrical hook-ups; new fire rings; picnic table; and an RV sani-station are some of the significant improvements we’ve made to Green Point Campground between 2015 and 2019.  


West Coast Trail – Logan Creek

Steep and narrow working conditions while the ladder system was repaired

Cliff-side work, a helicopter to bring in construction material, and weather were some of the challenges of this project. New anchors that go deeper into the rock, ladders braced to resist movement, ladder rung repairs, and a repaired platform made the ladder system at kilometre 56, Logan Creek, safer for hikers tackling the West Coast Trail. Work is underway in 2019 to replace the existing suspension bridge with a new bridge, part of ongoing improvements to the West Coast Trail.


Rainforest Trail

New cedar boardwalk and stairways on a forest trail

The Rainforest Trail has always been a popular destination, but after some creative improvements to the cedar boardwalk and stairs, the A and B trails are receiving rave reviews from visitors for this amazing coastal rainforest experience. During this project, Parks Canada staff replaced two kilometres of decaying cedar board walk over two winters to minimize the impact to visitors. Trail A was finished in April of 2017, and Trail B was finished in April of 2018.


Rainforest Trail Pacific Rim highway crossing


A highly visible pedestrian-controlled crosswalk now connects the two halves of the Rainforest Trail. Completed in March 2019, this new infrastructure is a further enhancement to the area to ensure pedestrian and motorist safety. Parks Canada had previously installed a painted crosswalk, lowered the speed limit and installed signs warning drivers of the reduced speed limit at the Rainforest Trails, and despite these efforts, drivers continue to drive over the speed limit, placing pedestrians at risk. The new crosswalk will provide motorists significant warning to slow down and stop, to allow pedestrians to safely cross the Pacific Rim Highway to get to Rainforest Trail A and the beautiful boardwalks that wind through the coastal rainforest.


Radar Hill lookout and road

The improved view point with new wood benches at Radar Hill.

In June, 2016, Radar Hill, known for spectacular views of Long Beach to the south and Clayquot Sound to the north, opened back up to visitors with new viewing platforms, stairs and benches. The road was also repaired and resurfaced to address safety and accessibility issues related to large potholes, buckling stretches of pavement, and road slippage.


Kwisitis Visitor Centre roof

The new shake roof on the visitor centre with Wickaninnish Beach in the background.

With an average of more than three metres of rain in the region each year, a new roof on the Kwisitis Visitor Centre was a top priority. This iconic building has been captured in thousands of visitor photos, presents two floors of displays and interactive exhibits in English, French and Nuu-chah-nulth, and is the starting point for some of Parks Canada’s most popular interpretive programs in the summer months. The new roof was completed in December, 2017.


Wick Road

Coco mats, rocks, logs and native plants are used to stabilize the banks along Wick Road.

The section of Wick Road between the Shorepine Bog Trail and Wickaninnish Beach was upgraded with new culverts and improved drainage; and, resurfaced to provide visitors with smoother, safer access to beautiful Wickaninnish Beach and the Kwisitis Visitor Centre. The S-curve was realigned to make it safer, along with the addition of coco matting, rocks, and 900 plants to stabilize the banks. The Kwisitis Visitor Centre parking lot and the Wickaninnish Beach parking lots have all been resurfaced. This work was completed in October, 2017.


Grice Bay

Coco mats, rocks, logs and native plants are used to stabilize the banks along Wick Road.

Grice Bay Road Parks Canada has been making a number of improvements to Grice Bay Road since 2017. In November 2019, Grice Bay Road and boat ramp area reopened to users following the replacement of a failing culvert, slope stabilization work and improvements to drainage. The new stream crossing and habitat restoration work will help enhance access to salmon so they can more easily reach important spawning grounds and nursery habitats. The freshly paved road also boasts a newer design, which will improve motorist safety. This work will ensure visitors continue to have safe, reliable, long-term access to beautiful Grice Bay and the surrounding area.


Other projects

  • Upgrades to water and sewer utilities throughout the Long Beach Unit of the national park reserve; 2015-2017.
  • Slope stabilisation, culvert replacement and resurfacing on Grice Bay Road; completed July, 2016.
  • Replacement of six failing culverts at Swim Beach on Kennedy Lake; completed March, 2016.
  • Paving and line painting on Highway 4; completed October 2015.
  • A lower traffic speed and improved safety at the Rainforest Trail crosswalk; completed September 2015.