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Pacific Rim National Park is located on the Pacific Coast in British Columbia. Backed by the Vancouver Island Range, the park is comprised of a strip of land and water that covers about 200 square miles. It is divided into three separate regions, Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands and the West Coast Trail. Long Beach is the most popular area of the park as it is the most accessible. Visitors to this region of the park can hike along rugged coast lines, through bogs and temperate rain forests. Broken Group Islands is only accessible by boat, making it very popular with kayakers. The West Coast Trail was built in 1907 as a way to reach shipwrecked sailors. Abandoned in the 1950’s, it has since become a challenging destination for advance hikers. It takes hikers along rugged coasts, over rocky beaches, through rainforests, and across difficult terrain. It can be completed in 5-7 days. With so many beautiful places to explore, this truly is an amazing British Columbia camping destination!
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The weather in Pacific Rim National Park is dominated by its location between sea and mountains. As air masses off the ocean are forced up the side of the Insular Mountain Range, the air cools and the moisture within is released. The park sees an average of 130 inches of rain a year! This maritime climate with mild, wet and cool summers has the longest growing season in all of British Columbia! The coastal temperate rainforest is a good example of the lush life created by this climate. Summers in the park are characterized by a reduction in rain but an increase in fog. Pacific Rim summers are colder and wetter than summers elsewhere in the area. Average summer temperatures tend to be around 55 degrees. Autumn marks the beginning of the wet season with temperatures dropping, wind increasing, and rain becoming far more common. Winter just intensifies autumn weather with temperatures dropping to the low 40’s and there can be as much as 19 inches of rain in one day! Snow isn’t common and when it does snow, it’s a wet snow. The park is only open from mid March through Mid October. A daily fee must be paid in order to stop in the park. The cost is CA$7.80 for adults, $6.80 for seniors, $3.90 for children, and $19.60 for a family, which can include up to 7 people traveling in one car. An annual pass is $39.20 for adults, $34.30 for seniors, $19.60 for children and $98.10 for a family.
There is plenty to do when visiting Pacific Rim National Park. Visitors can spend their time on the beaches of Long Beach, exploring tide pools at low tide and watching birds and sea lions sunning themselves on the rocky beaches. There are numerous trails in this region which take you along the rugged coast line or off the beach into bogs and temperate rainforests. Kayakers can spend hours exploring the 100 islands that make of Broken Group Islands. Accessible only by boat, visitors can explore pristine islands, bays, coves and rocks. Backpackers can spend days making their way across the West Coast Trail. With so much to see and do, this is an incredible British Columbia camping destination!
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