A map of the new ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (upscheek tashi) pathway.)
Photo Credit: Parks Canada

New Pacific Rim Trail Opens to the Public

It's not even done and it's already popular

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The new 25 km trail is still under construction, but folks can use it as long as they’re careful

The new addition to the Pacific Rim Trail looks pretty gorgeous. Named ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee), the new multi-use trail weaves all the way through Pacific Rim National Park. It isn’t quite done yet, but now that most of it is paved, it’s really hard to keep people away.

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There are still a few dangers. Trail users may run into construction crews and wildlife along the route. The path also crosses the highway near Radar Hill and Wick Road, and there are no traffic lights.

kweesh kweesh ata aqsa, Tammy Dorward, said she has already seen folks from local First Nations, Tofino, and Ucluelet biking on the route. She’s the First Nations program manager at the park.

“I’ve heard great excitement from people biking the trail, from people wanting to use the trail,” she told Ha-Shilth-Sa. “People are using it, and it’s a great way for people to have an alternative transport for work.”

The pathway won’t open officially until spring of 2022. In the meantime, you can learn about the path by watching the video by Parks Canada.

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