Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

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de:Pacific-Rim-Nationalpark Pacific Rim National Park is a Canadian national park made up of three separate regions: Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail. The entire park encompasses 511 km² of land and ocean.

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Long Beach

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Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, Canada, 2004

Long Beach is the most visited and most accessible of the three regions. It is made up of the coastal region from Tofino to Ucluelet. The Green Point campground has 94 campsites, and is a short walk to the sandy beach which is popular for beachcombing, and observing the wildlife in the park. There are also many trails in the park with terrain ranging from bog to coastal rainforest.

Broken Group Islands

The Broken Group Islands region is made up of over one hundred small islands and islets in Barkley Sound. The largest forested islands are Effingham, Turret, Turtle, Dudd, Jacques, Nettle and Gibraltar Island. The area is accessible only by boat, and is popular with kayakers. There are eight camping areas scattered among the islands.

West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail is a 75 km trail along the west-coast of Vancouver Island from Port Renfrew to Bamfield. The trail was built to aid in the rescue of shipwrecked sailors. Construction on the trail started in 1907 and by 1910 the "Lifesaving Trail" was complete. The trail was abandoned in the 50s. By 1970 the trail was transformed into The West Coast Trail, a challenging trail that takes visitors along rocky beaches, through rainforest, and across sometimes rough and muddy terrain. The trail has been improved greatly over the years and can be traversed comfortably in 5-7 days. Notable sights include the largest tree in Canada, a gigantic Sitka Spruce 95 m tall, in the Carmanah Valley.

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