Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Address:2185 Ocean Terrace Rd
Box 280
Ucluelet, BC V0R3A0

Size: 510 sq. km.
Established: 1970.
Location:Park is composed of three sections: Long Beach, the West Coast Trail and the Broken Group Islands. The Long Beach Unit is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island between the villages of Ucluelet and Tofino. The West Coast Trail includes the section of coast southeast of Barkley Sound between the villages of Bamfield and Port Renfrew. The Broken Group Islands consist of approximately 100 islands and rocks located in Barkley Sound.
Facilities:Visitor center, campgrounds, 75-km. West Coast Trail (optional reservation system; mandatory trail use permit).
Activities:Camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, scuba diving, fishing, wildlife viewing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Park's marine and forest environment features sand beaches, an island archipelago, old-growth coastal temperate rainforest, and significant archeological sites. The area is home to a variety of marine mammals, including seals, sea lions, and whales. The villages of Ucluelet and Tofino host their annual Whale Festival from mid-March to mid-April to mark the gray whale spring migration north through park waters. Approximately 250 species of birds, mostly spring and fall migrants, have also been identified within the park and bordering areas. The West Coast Trail, one of the best-known and most challenging hikes in North America, follows a rugged shoreline where approximately 66 ships have met their demise along this stretch of the "Graveyard of the Pacific".

See other parks in British Columbia.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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