Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
Where can I buy a National Park Entry Pass?

Daily national park entry passes are available at:

  • Park use machines in day use areas that are currently open in the Long Beach Unit.
  • National Park Reserve Administration Office - closed until further notice
  • Green Point Campground
  • Tofino Visitor Centre - Tofino
  • Pacific Rim Visitor Centre – Junction of Highway 4 and Pacific Rim Highway - closed until further notice
  • Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centre – Port Alberni

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Annual Passes are available at:

  • National Park Reserve Administration Office - closed until further notice
  • Green Point Campground
  • Tofino Visitor Centre – Tofino
  • Pacific Rim Visitor Centre - Junction of Highway 4 and Pacific Rim Highway - closed until further notice
  • Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centre – Port Alberni

Parks Canada Discovery Passes are available at:

  • National Park Reserve Administration Office - closed until further notice
  • Green Point Campground
  • Tofino Visitor Centre
  • Pacific Rim Visitor Centre - Junction of Highway 4 and Pacific Rim Highway - closed until further notice
Will my current Annual National Park Entry Pass be extended due to the COVID-19 closures?

If you already have a Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Annual Pass or a Parks Canada Discovery Pass that was valid as of March 2020, your pass will be extended by four months to more than cover the period when the national park reserve was closed. There is no action required on your part as Parks Canada will take into account the four month extension when completing compliance checks.

Beginning in June 2020 any annual national park entry passes sold will be valid for one year as normal.

For example if you purchased your Annual National Park Entry Pass in:

Annual NP Entry Pass Purchase Date Original Expiration Date New Expiration Date
January 2019 - expired January 2020 - expired January 2020 - expired
February 2019 - expired February 2020 - expired February 2020 - expired
Mar-19 Mar-20 Jul-20
Apr-19 Apr-20 Aug-20
May-19 May-20 Sep-20
Jun-19 Jun-20 Oct-20
Jul-19 Jul-20 Nov-20
Aug-19 Aug-20 Dec-20
Sep-19 Sep-20 Jan-21
Oct-19 Oct-20 Feb-21
Nov-19 Nov-20 Mar-21
Dec-19 Dec-20 Apr-21
Jan-20 Jan-21 May-21
Feb-20 Feb-21 Jun-21
Mar-20 Mar-21 Jul-21
Apr-20 Apr-21 No Sales***
May-20 May-21 No Sales***
Jun-20 Jun-21 Jun-21
Jul-20 Jul-21 Jul-21
Aug-20 Aug-21 Aug-21
Sep-20 Sep-21 Sep-21
Oct-20 Oct-21 Oct-21
Nov-20 Nov-21 Nov-21
Dec-20 Dec-21 Dec-21
 
Where can I get my local First Nation Annual Pass?

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is within the hahuułi (traditional territory) of nine Nuu-chah-nulth nations:

  • Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations
  • Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ
  • Toquaht Nation
  • Tseshaht First Nation
  • Uchucklesaht Tribe
  • Hupacasath First Nation
  • Huu-ay-aht First Nations
  • Ditidaht First Nation
  • Pacheedaht First Nation

Citizens from these nations can pick up their complimentary Pacific Rim National Park Reserve annual pass from their respective nation’s administration office.

Indigenous traditional activities in Parks Canada locations continue and anyone taking part in traditional harvesting is asked to follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing.

Similar to visiting a museum, movie or sporting event, when visiting Pacific Rim National Park Reserve each visitor is required to have a valid National Park Entry Pass. 

 

Beach Walk

4 hour pass for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Daily 

National Park Entry Pass for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Annual

National Park Entry Pass for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Discovery Pass

Parks Canada

Family/Group $12.50 $20.00 $100.26 $139.40
Adult Individual* $6.20 $10.00 $50.08 $69.19
Senior Individual $5.30 $8.40 $42.62 $59.17

*Admission to Parks Canada places for visitors who are 17 or under is free! Youth 17 years of age and under receive free entry to all of Parks Canada places 

To decide which national park entry pass is best suited for you ask yourself these questions:

How long and where will I be visiting?


Beach Entry Pass

Valid for 4 hours to visit Long Beach, Kwisitis Visitor Centre, Incinerator Rock, Combers Beach and Wickaninnish Beach.

Daily Entry Pass

Valid from time of purchase until 4 pm the next day.

Annual Pacific Rim National Park Entry Pass

Valid for visits to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve only - from time of purchase until the end of the same month the following year


Discovery Pass

Valid for all national parks, park reserves, and national historic sites operated by Parks Canada - from time of purchase until the end of the same month the following year


How many people am I traveling with (now and during future trips)?
Adult Individual (one adult)
Senior, 65 and older (one senior)
Family/Group (Group of 3 - 7 adults and seniors travelling in one vehicle)

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What pass is right for my trip?
 Specific situation Type of entry pass to purchase
2 adults and 1 senior taking a morning walk on Long Beach (4 hrs or less) Family/Group Beach Walk Pass ($12.50)
2 adults driving across Canada visiting multiple Parks Canada sites 2 x Adult Discovery Passes (2*69.19 = $138.38) OR 1 x Family/Group Discovery Pass ($139.40) which would allow for up to 7 adults and/or seniors in vehicle.
1 adult and 1 youth (17 and under) visiting Wickaninnish Beach and Rainforest Trail for the day. 1 Daily National Park Entry Pass for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve ($10.00) Youth are free
Family of 4 (3 of which are 18 and older) arriving on Friday morning and wanting to visit the Rainforest Trail on Friday afternoon and Long Beach Saturday morning. 1 Family/Group Daily Park Entry Pass for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve ($20.00) A pass is valid until 4 PM on the day after purchase.
1 adult arriving Friday afternoon and planning on visiting the national park reserve every day until their departure on Sunday afternoon A 2-day Adult Park Entry Pass for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (2*10.00 = $20.00) This is valid from time of purchase until 4 PM two days later.
A group of 4 adults planning on hiking the West Coast Trail for 6 days. A Family/Group Annual National Park Entry Pass for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve ($100.26) Or 1 x Family/Group Discovery Pass ($139.40) if they plan to visit other Parks Canada places within the next 12 months.
Where can I purchase a national park entry pass?
 

When are they open? 

Hours of operation 

Beach Walk 

4 hour pass for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Daily

National Park Entry Pass for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Annual

National Park Entry Pass for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Discovery Pass

Parks Canada

Pacific Rim Visitor Centre Open year round by Tourism Ucluelet  
  May through October - Parks Canada staff available
Kwisitis Visitor Centre Open year round. Limited hours in winter
Green Point Campground May through October
Long Beach Visitor Information Centre July and August
Tofino Visitor Centre Open year round by Tourism Tofino  
  July and August - Parks Canada staff available
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Administration Open year round
West Coast Trail - Gordon River Trailhead May through September  
West Coast Trail - Pachena Trailhead May through September  
West Coast Trail - Nitinaht Trailhead May through September  
Port Alberni Chamber of Commerce Open year round  
Secret Beach Campground and Kayak Launch Open year round    
Automated National Park Entry Pass Machines* Available all year round - all machines      
  Long Beach North and South, Incinerator Rock, Combers, Kwisitis Visitor Centre, and Wickaninnish Beach  

* Automated National Park Entry Pass Machines are available at most parking lots throughout the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. They take credit cards only. While most credit cards are accepted some international cards are not.

 

Je flotte à droite | Floating right
Automated Park Use Machine

Parking is included in your National Park Entry Fee!

When you purchase a National Park Entry Pass this includes parking in any of the parking lots throughout the national park reserve.  The Automated Park Use Machines that are located in most parking lots look similar to parking meter machines in urban areas.  If you have a National Park Entry Pass displayed in your vehicle, you do not require to purchase a pass from the automated machine.  These are for the convenience of those that do not already have a National Park Entry Pass.

 

What happens to the fees that I pay? 

Revenue from fees collected in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve are reinvested to support visitor programs, services and facilities.

Parks Canada is 80% funded from the federal government tax base and 20% funded from user fees. Tax dollars are primarily used to create and preserve national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas, as well as historic canals, since their protection benefits all Canadians. Visitors pay fees to help offset the costs of the services and facilities at Parks Canada’s places since they personally benefit from them.

Recent improvements that have been funded by national park entry fees at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve include:

  • Redesign and repairs to Rainforest A & B Trails and Half Moon Bay Trail.
  • Replacement of interpretive exhibits in the Kwisitis Visitor Centre
  • Ongoing trail construction and bridge repairs on the West Coast Trail
  • Upgrade of Green Point Theatre roof
  • New firepits and picnic tables in Green Point Campground.

Please note: All visitors to the Long Beach Unit (between Tofino and Ucluelet) must display your valid National Park Entry Pass on your vehicle dashboard whenever you are stopping in the national park reserve.

All visitors to the West Coast Trail and/or Broken Group Islands must carry your valid National Park Entry Pass on your person whenever you are visiting these areas in the national park reserve.


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