Exploring The Pacific Rim A Canada Review From Island Trader Vacations
Canada is well known for its many nationally recognized natural areas and features today. Of the many national parks and national recreation areas in addition to other protected areas, one of the most famous today is called the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Made up of 3 regions including the West Coast Trail, Long Beach and the Broken Group Islands, the park encompasses a total of almost 200 square miles. Established in 1970, it includes a strip of land along the south west coast of Vancouver to the Pacific and the Insular Mountains. Well known for its rugged coasts and lush temperate rainforests, the areas is always moist as moist air masses are always coming from the Pacific. Averaging over 118 inches of precipitation a year, visitors are well advised to bring rain gear when visiting.
Rain aside, this area is rich in cultural and natural heritage and is quite diverse. Home to many natural wonders and historical features, this notoriously wild area is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful.
This area of the park is by far the most visited as well as the most easily accessed of the three regions today. From its sandy beach to the headlands and tidepools, this area is a fascinating place. Located between the villages of Ucluelet and Tofino, it includes the most famous feature, Long Beach itself. Hiking, camping, exploring and an interpretive center make this an ideal day trip or even longer. The visitor center features a theatre, restaurant, gift shop and information about the area.
Broken Group Islands
This region is made up of hundreds of small islands and islets om Barkley Sound. Many of the islands are larger and forested including Turret, Turtle, Dodd and Gibraltar and are accessible by boat. The area is very popular for kayakers and camping areas are located throughout.
West Coast Trail
A 47 mile long trail along the west coast of Vancouver Island from Port Renfrew to Bamfield, the trail was originally built to help rescuers in the pursuit of shipwrecked sailors. Built in 1907, the trail also known as the “lifesaving trail” was used until the 1950’s. In the 1970’s the trail was made into a hiking trail for visitors which treks through rainforest, across rough terrain, along rocky beaches and through the most beautiful areas of the park today.
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