Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is an ideal destination year round with storm watching, trails, wildlife and a range of ecosystems.
Vancouver Island's west coast is one of British Columbia's most raw environments with a mix of rocky coastlines, sandy beaches, temperate rain forests and spruce bogs which stretches along one of the Canada's most breathtaking locales which is frequented year round. Created to protect this spectacular ecosystem for the enjoyment of future generations, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve protects 511 square kilometres and is composed of three separate sections, Long Beach, the Broken Islands and the West Coast Trail:
The Park's history began in 1907 due to its treacherous coastline which was the final resting place for hundreds of ships and their sailors during storms. To lead shipwrecked sailors to shelter, a 75 kilometre trail was constructed along existing First Nations trails, known as the 'Lifesaving Trail'. Abandoned in the 1950s, the trail was revitalized in the 1960s when a permanent road and endless recreational opportunities brought people by the thousands. Soon after in the 1970s, the region was declared a National Park Reserve to protect the history and ecological integrity of the region.
The spectacular environment, flora and fauna and historic value of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve make it one of British Columbia's most visited National Parks. Whether spending a few days or a few hours, the Park has much to offer from birding to hiking to surfing or just watching the storms roll across the skies.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Vancouver Island, British ColumbiaPacific Rim National Park is located along the western edge of Vancouver Island from Tofino to Port Renfrew.
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