Infrastructure work in the park reserve
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 trail 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:
- The new multi-use trail
- Washrooms at Long Beach, Wick Beach and Incinerator Rock
- Rainforest Trail Route B
- Kwisitis Visitor Centre roof
- S-curve on Wick road
- Grice Bay road
Three of the national park reserve’s aging washroom buildings will be replaced this winter with new facilities to ensure ongoing services are available to visitors for many years to come.
This work is scheduled to begin on October 10th, and be completed by Spring, 2018.
During demolition and construction of the new facilities, the following parking lots will be completely closed to all vehicles and visitors:
- Incinerator Rock parking lot
- Long Beach parking lot – north end
- Parking lot B at Wickaninnish Beach
Portable toilets will be available in nearby parking lots while construction is underway.
This winter Parks Canada staff will replace decaying cedar boards and stairways with new cedar on Route B of the Rainforest Trail. Work starts on Monday, October 2nd and will be completed by Spring 2018.
During construction, visitors can still experience the beauty of the coastal rainforest on Route A, and see some of the beautiful and creative new boardwalk that was built on that route last winter by Parks Canada staff. The Rainforest Trail in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is already a popular destination for tourists, but after some creative restoration of the boardwalk and stairs, the A and B trails are bound to be even more of an amazing west coast experience.
With an average of more than six metres of rain in the region each year, a new roof on the Kwisitis Visitor Centre is a top priority at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. 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. During construction, visitors will see some scaffolding on the building, and may hear some construction noise. The work is expected to be completed by the end of November, 2017.
The S-curve on Wick Road is being realigned to create a safer approach to the Kwisitis Visitor Centre and Wickaninnish Beach, one of the most popular places to visit in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. In addition to safety improvements, the work includes some slope stabilization, as well as some preliminary work for the new multi-use trail being constructed. Visitors will experience alternating traffic and delays (10-15 minutes) on Wick Road. The safety of visitors is very important to Parks Canada, and we will be working with the contractor and doing our best to minimize delays and disruptions. This project is expected to be completed by November, 2017..
The road and parking lot are open to the public after culverts were replaced, slopes stabilized and drainage work was completed in 2016. In addition to this work, rehabilitation of the boat ramp, parking lot, and day use area had been scheduled, however the initial stages of construction revealed underground contamination in the parking lot. Ensuring the safety of our visitors and the ecological integrity of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is a priority for Parks Canada. Therefore, prior to continuing with these projects, Parks Canada is conducting thorough investigations to determine the scope and nature of existing conditions and what steps may be needed to complete required remediation work.