Pacific Rim National Park Dharmayu, Esther & Mateja

Pacific Rim National Park

Established in 1970

Located in British Columbia

Encompasses 512 square kilometers of Land and Ocean

Pacific Rim History

The Nuu-chah-nulth tribe were one of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast in Canada, that settled in the Pacific rim National Park area.
The Nuu-chah-nulth tribe are master mariners and whale hunters who were present in the Pacific rim National Park Area for thousands of years before the park's establishment
The first event that contributed to the declaration of Pacific Rim national Park happened in 1930, when land was reserved for federal government approval as a site for a west coast national park
The government later cancelled the reserves, however, in 1948-1966, The Pacific Rim National Park establishment was again discussed and it became a provincial park in BC
In 1966-1968, British Columbia offered to hand over the provincial park as the main focus of a national park, and the Provincial and Federal governments are now equally sharing the costs and revenues.
Pacific Rim National Park was officially established in 1970s as Canada's first National Park Reserve.

Pacific Rim is currently Canada's fourth most popular National Park as it averages around 779,649 visitors a year.

Climate and Temperature

Average precipitation
Average Temperature

Broken Group Islands

Thick Vegetation and Sea Cliff
Landforms seen on the islands
Thick forests starting right from the edge of the islands
Sea Lions

Long Beach

Beach pea
Grey Whale migration route
High tides during winter can change landscape completely


Sitka spruce
The thick soil is rich of nutirents
Black Bear
Deer Fern

West Coast Trail

Shipwreck survivors using the West Coast Trail (Dominion Lifesaving Trail) to get to Victoria
First Nations helping shipwreck survivors
Very wet conditions, with fog in the summer
There are many bears


Surfing at PRNPR has occurred since the 1960s
Map of beaches in Pacific Rim National Park
Long Beach
Long Beach
Wickaninnish Beach
Wickaninnish Beach

First Nations Experience

Historic First Nations photo (Ditidaht Tribe)
Interpreter on guided tour of Nuu-chah-nulth trail
Kwisitis Visitor Centre
Whale Exhibit
Exhibit at Kwisitis Visitor Centre
Exhibit at Kwisitis Visitor Centre

The Disappearing Sand Dunes

Windward side = foredune ; Leeward side = backdune
Honckenya peploides (seaside sandplant)
Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos Uva-ursi)
Kinnikinnick Berry (Bearberry)
Kinnikinnick Flower
Ammophila (arenaria and breviligulata) A.K.A Beach Grass
Enthusiastic volunteers planting beach grass
Another example of an invasive species, dandelions (Taraxacum)
An example of invasive Beach Grass
Pink Sand Verbena (Ambronia Umbelatta) is now endangered in Canada due to invasive Beach Grass
Close up of a Pink Sand Verbena flower

Getting Rid of Beach Grass

Efforts to remove Beach Grass
Efforts to remove Beach Grass
Efforts to remove Beach Grass
Efforts to extract Beach Grass
Burying Beach Grass

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