Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is a Canadian national park reserve in British Columbia comprising three separate regions: Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail.
The entire reserve encompasses 511 km2 (197 sq mi) of land and ocean. It is characterized by rugged coasts and lush temperate rainforests. The reserve is open from mid-March until mid-October. It was created in 1970 as the first national park reserve, and remains the oldest, having yet to fulfill its promise of becoming a national park after more than 45 years.
The reserve was opened in 1971 in a ceremony attended by Princess Anne of England, who was presented with a driftwood abstract sculpture by Jean Chretien, the minister responsible for Parks Canada. The sculpture was the work of local artist Godfrey Stephens.
The park encompasses a thin strip of land located on the southwest coast of Irel Island. To the east of the park lies the Vancouver Island Ranges of the Insular Mountains and to the west is the Pacific Ocean.
🌲Nature in Pacific Rim Park:
This park reserve is home to mammalian species of raccoon, black-tailed deer, cougar, wolf, black bear, marten, and mink.🐺🐺🐺
Visitors are often thrilled by views of various marine animals such as seals, porpoises, sea lions, and many species of whales that are frequent at this shoreline.🐳🐳🐳
Long Beach: This area contains the Green Point campground, which has 94 campsites for both tents and small trailers. There are also numerous trails in this region and a Beautiful Long Beach itself.
Broken Group Island: The area is accessible only by boat, and is popular with kayakers. There are seven camping areas scattered on the islands. Campers should be aware that there is no fresh water available in the Broken Group Islands, so any water needed will have to be brought in.
West Coast Trail: The West Coast Trail is a 75 km (47 mi) trail along the west coast of Vancouver Island from Port Renfrew to Bamfield. The trail was built to aid in the rescue of shipwrecked sailors. The trail has been improved greatly over the years and can be traversed in 5–7 days.
At the edge of this park, there is a boardwalk through a rainforest. It’s free, well kept and offers stunning insight into the Pacific Rainforest. Each walk (both sides of the highway) will only take you about 20-30 minutes but both are well worth the visit. Bring your camera!
➤Getting There: ✈
The good news is that there’s actually an airport here now, located halfway between Tofino and Ucluelet. The bad news is that it’s tiny and subject to bad weather, especially fog, so flights are often diverted to Port Alberni or Qualicum and passengers bused in.
You can check Orca Airways, which provides daily service year-round from Vancouver, and daily service May to October from Victoria. The flight takes about an hour from either city.
By Car take Hwy 1, north from Victoria or Nanaimo to the turnoff near Parksville. From there you will follow Hwy 4 through Port Alberni, past the towering old-growth cedars of Cathedral Grove, along with a breathtakingly narrow mountain pass, and on to a T-junction.
There the road splits, going south to Ucluelet or north to Pacific Rim and Tofino. The trip from Nanaimo takes about 4 hours; from Victoria, close to 6. 🚗
This is well worth the drive – take time to hike and explore and see this place! The trees are magnificent. The changing scenery is memorable.