Posted by: cherylyoung | April 20, 2013

No place on this universe has this kind of magnificient beauty

Nowhere else on earth has the meeting of land and sea

 created the magnificent beauty of Canada’s Pacific Coast.

The magnificent Pacific Rim National Park is the only

 national park entirely on Vancouver Island, providing

 protection for substantial rain forests and an amazing

 marine environment on the west coast of

 Vancouver Island.

The full force of the mighty Pacific Ocean mercilessly pounds

 the constantly changing shores of this rugged coastline.

The territory now known as the Pacific Rim National Park

 has a significant history, having been inhabited by the

 Nuu-chah-nulth people for thousands of years.

 A rich natural heritage evolved as Vancouver Island

 became isolated from the mainland, retaining a great

 diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians

 and fish species.

The unique Pacific Rim National Park encompasses a total

area of 49,962 hectares of land and ocean in three separate

 geographic units – Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands

 and the West Coast Trail.

 Features of the park include long sandy beaches, an

 island archipelago, old-growth coastal temperate

 rainforest, and significant Nuu-chah-nulth

 archaeological sites.

The following communities and areas are located in

 the magical stretch of coastline (80 miles / 140 km)

 that is the Pacific Rim (West Coast) region of

 Vancouver Island.

Location: The Pacific Rim region is located on the wild

 southwest coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

 Access to the Pacific Rim is on paved Highway 4, which

 heads west from Parksville, travelling through Port Alberni

 and passed Sproat Lake. Estimated travel times to the

 Tofino-Ucluelet junction from: Victoria 5 hours,

 Nanaimo 3 hours, Parksville 2-1/2 hours, and

 Port Alberni 1-1/2 hours

The best known and most visited of the 3 regions,

 Long Beach is famous for the long sandy beaches of

 Schooner Cove and Wickaninnish and Florencia Bays,

 stretching between the two villages of Tofino and Ucluelet.

 The 13,715 hectare unit incorporates numerous rocky

 points and headlands, offshore islets and the mudflats of

 Grice Bay, an important wintering habitat and stopover

for migrating waterfowl.

The impressive Green Point Campground caters to

campers and RVs and, along with the Wickaninnish Centre

 and Parks Canada, provides valuable and interesting

 heritage learning programs on cultural features and

the natural ecosystem of the Pacific Rim National Park.

 Long Beach caters to visitors seeking to relax in the

 picnic areas, comb the beaches or stroll along the trails

 and boardwalks.

Radar Hill, just south of Tofino, provides a great view of

 Tofino Inlet, Meares Island and Gowlland Rocks.

 Naturalists watch whales from shore or follow the self

 guided Shorepine Bog Trail to study the moss, plants

and interesting bugs found in a bog environment

Visitors can drive the Pacific Rim Highway (Highway 4)

 from Port Alberni to Long Beach, 108 km of paved winding

 mountain highway.

 Busses run between Port Alberni and Ucluelet/Tofino,

or the more adventurous can hop aboard the MV MV

 Frances Barkley for the trip down the Alberni Inlet and

 Barkley Sound to Ucluelet


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  1. Reblogged this on Cheryl Young's Blog.

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