Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is a Canadian national park reserve in British Columbia made up of parks of three separate regions: Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail. The entire park encompasses 511 km² (197 sq mi) of land and ocean.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Canada
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Canada

The park is characterized by rugged coasts and lush temperate rainforests. The park is open from mid-March until mid-October. The park was inaugurated in 1971 by Princess Anne of England. At the opening ceremony, a driftwood abstract sculpture by local artist Godfrey Stephens was presented to her by Jean Chretien, the Parks Minister for Canada.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Canada
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Canada

The park encompasses a thin strip of land located on the south-west coast Irel Island. To the east of the park lies the Vancouver Island Ranges of the Insular Mountains and to the west is the Pacific Ocean. 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.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Canada
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Canada

During fall and winter, the area is continually subjected to moist air masses from the Pacific Ocean. The presence of the mountain ranges causes the air masses to rise and deposit large quantities of precipitation, a phenomenon known as orographic precipitation. The area averages over 3,000 mm (118 in) of precipitation per year, a key factor in producing temperate rainforests.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Canada
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Canada

The primary feature in this area is Long Beach itself. The area also contains the Green Point campground, which has 94 campsites for both tents and small trailers. There are also numerous trails in this region, running through bogs and temperate rainforest areas.

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