acked by the Insular Mountain Range of          Balancing protection, education and recreational
      Vancouver Island and facing the open            use of our national parks is a responsibility not
      Pacific Ocean, Pacific Rim National Park        only of Parks Canada and our partners, but also of
Reserve (Pacific Rim NPR) represents and              national park reserve visitors.
protects both the near shore waters and the coastal
                                                      This preparation guide is intended to help you
lowland forests of Canada’s west coast. Pacific
                                                      prepare for a safe and enjoyable visit while
Rim NPR is composed of three distinct areas;
                                                      supporting the sustainability of our special
Long Beach, the West Coast Trail (WCT), and the
                                                      heritage places for future generations.
Broken Group Islands (BGI).
The BGI in Barkley Sound is an outstanding
example of a marine archipelago comprising a
stunning maze of channels, sheltered bays, shell
beaches, densely forested islands, exposed reefs
and bare, wind-swept rocks. The islands are
only accessible by boat.

FIRST NATIONS                                                America’s nutrient-rich Pacific coast. The mild
                                                             climate also encourages the lush growth of
                                        The                  temperate rainforest dominated by coniferous tree
                                        traditional          species such as Sitka spruce, western hemlock and
                                        territories of       western red cedar.
                                        the Nuu-
                                        chah-nulth           PREPARATION INFORMATION
                                        First Nations
                                                             Is your party ready for a trip to the BGI? Long
                                                             known as the “Graveyard of the Pacific”, this area
                                        the Broken
                                                             abounds with potential hazards. Though marine
                                                             navigation techniques and tools have improved
                                        Islands. The
                                                             since the title was bestowed, the area’s hazards
                                                             remain. Trip preparation is a crucial element of
                                        contain many
                                                             any visit to the BGI. Your ability to recognize and
                                        sites of
                                                             evaluate hazards is key to determining the risk you
                                        spiritual and
                                                             and your group are taking. To have a safe
                                                             experience, your party’s knowledge, skills and
                                                             equipment must meet or exceed the challenges of
                                        for the
                                                             this environment.
Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations.
Disturbing, destroying or removing natural and               You and your group must be able to:
cultural artifacts is strictly prohibited without
prior written permission or licences.                           plot a course by chart and compass;
                                                                pilot your vessel(s) safely in fog;
There are first nation reserve lands on Effingham,              read weather patterns and signs, obtain and
Nettle, and Keith Islands. Day visitors are only                 interpret up-to-date marine weather forecast;
welcome at Keith Island. Written permission from                assess water hazards that vary with tide, sea
the appropriate First Nation is required prior to                state and weather;
landing on Effingham and Nettle reserve lands.                  interpret tide tables;
Boaters are asked to refrain from tying up to the               competently handle your boat if caught in
wharfs on Nettle Island.                                         adverse conditions (some crossings may take 3
                                                                 or more hours and weather conditions can
                                                                 change in a matter of minutes);
The BGI enjoys a moderate maritime climate of                   perform a group rescue and self-rescue;
cool foggy summers and mild wet winters with an                 camp in prolonged windy and rainy conditions;
average annual precipitation of 330 centimetres                 call for help; and
(130 inches). This climate encourages an                        administer first aid.
abundance of life both in the water and on the
land. No other temperate region on earth has a
more bountiful, diverse, intertidal zone than North

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CUSTODIAL GROUPS                                          ACCESS
Groups that are affiliated with an institution, and       Road Access:
have at least one person below the age of majority        Paddlers can park and launch kayaks from the
who is not accompanied by his/her parent or               Toquaht Nation’s Secret Beach Campground and
guardian, have special considerations when                Kayak Launch. For more information regarding fees
kayaking and/or canoeing in Pacific Rim’s marine          and directions please refer to the Secret Beach
waters. These groups are required to obtain in            Campground and Kayak Launch contact information
advance, and carry with them, a restricted activity       in the Other Services section on page 11.
permit issued by Pacific Rim National Park
                                                     Drop off by marine transport:
                                                     Transport companies with valid Pacific Rim NPR
Please contact the national park reserve staff prior business licenses are permitted to drop clients off
to arrival for information and appropriate permits. throughout the BGI (excluding designated
                                                     islands/camping areas).
                                                          With permission from the Tseshaht First Nation
The BGI is patrolled by the Tseshaht Beachkeepers         Beachkeepers, Keith Island has a dock, outhouse and
throughout the summer months to maintain                  sheltered area to facilitate drop off and pick up.
camping areas, provide information and cultural
interpretation services, check permits, and assist        See Other Services on page 11 for Beachkeeper and
Parks Canada staff.                                       marine transport companies’ contact information.

Note: Due to weather and/or operational                   Lady Rose Marine Services Limited carries
concerns, the Broken Group Islands, or portions           paddlers and their boats on a scheduled basis to
of it, may not be accessible to the public.               the protected waters just north of the BGI. See
                                                          Other Services on page 11 for their contact details.

                                                          Paddling from Bamfield or Ucluelet is not
                                                          recommended due to the exposed passages of
                                                          Imperial Eagle and Loudon Channels.

                                                          Kayak rentals are available from operators
                                                          based in the nearby communities.

                                                          Commercial companies must have a valid
                                                          Pacific Rim NPR business licence if operating in the
                                                          BGI. Carefully select a company that meets the needs
                                                          of your group. Visit our website or contact Parks
                                                          Canada for a list of commercial operators that hold
                                                          valid Parks Canada business licences.

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NATIONAL PARK ENTRY PASS                               
All visitors to Pacific Rim NPR are required to have a
valid National Park Entry Pass at all times while they           Commercial Groups/Tours must purchase their
are visiting the national park reserve. The exception            national park entry passes through the Parks
is youth (17 years of age and younger) who have free             Canada Commercial Sales Office (see your
entry into all of Parks Canada's places. This means              business licence application for more details).
that in addition to requiring a valid Broken Group
Islands Backcountry Camping Permit, all visitors 18              Anyone mooring overnight in the BGI (in Pacific
years of age and older are also required to have a               Rim National Park Reserve waters) requires a
valid National Park Entry Pass.                                  valid National Park Entry Pass.

The revenue from national park entry fees remains
within the Coastal BC Field Unit to support the
services and facilities that all visitors enjoy (including
campsite facilities and amenities, visitor safety, signs,
programs, etc.). The Broken Group Islands
Backcountry Camping Permits do not include the
national park entry fees, so you need to have a valid
camping permit and a valid National Park Entry
Pass at all times.

Pacific Rim National Park daily entry passes can
be purchased at any Pacific Rim NPR facility or
from Secret Beach Campground and Kayak
Launch, Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce,
Tourism Ucluelet, Tourism Tofino or the
Wickanninish Inn.

Pacific Rim National Park annual entry passes can
be purchased at any Pacific Rim NPR facility, they
can be purchased online at
rksb2c/single-location-pass or from Alberni Valley
Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Ucluelet, or
Tourism Tofino.

Parks Canada annual discovery passes can be
purchased at any Pacific Rim NPR facility or they
can be purchased online at

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CAMPING                                                    No spaces will be available for stand-by
                                                           (first come first serve).
Camping in the High Season                                 To reserve call 1-877-RESERVE or visit
Peak visitation occurs in the BGI from July through
                                                           Reservations are available on January 8, 2018 at 8
August. Campers arriving in this period can expect
                                                           a.m. PST. Payment can be made by VISA,
to share camping areas with many other visitors. To
                                                           MasterCard, or American Express.
avoid peak season crowds, try camping between May
and June, or in September.
                                                           When making a reservation, have the
Camping Regulations                                        following ready:

   Camping in the BGI must be within the                     Preferred camping dates – first choice and
    designated camping areas on Hand, Turret,                  alternate date
    Gibraltar, Willis, Dodd, Clarke, and Gilbert              Preferred camping locations – preferred and
    Islands. Check your chart for their exact                  alternate islands
    locations.                                                Point of access location; where you will begin
   Maximum stay in the BGI is 14 days.                        paddling from
   Maximum stay at any one camping area is 4                 Number of campers in your group (maximum
    nights.                                                    group size is 12)
   Maximum group size is 12. Groups larger than              Email address to send confirmation and
    12 people must split into smaller groups and               information to
    occupy designated campsites on different                  Means of payment: Visa, MasterCard or
    islands. This applies to private, commercial,              American Express
    and non-profit groups.                                 Cancellation Policy:
   Dogs are not permitted in the Broken Group
                                                              Reservation Fee: is non-refundable.
    Islands, unless they are service pets. Pets
                                                              BGI Backcountry Camping Permit:
    disturb wildlife, interfere with other visitors’
    enjoyment of the area and can introduce disease            If you cancel a backcountry reservation at least
    to island wildlife.                                        3 days prior to your scheduled day of arrival:
   National park regulations are enforced.                    you will receive a full refund less the original
                                                               non-refundable reservation fee and the
Backcountry Camping Permits and Fees                           cancellation fee.
Anyone camping in the BGI must have a
backcountry camping permit. Backcountry                        If you cancel a reservation less than 3 days
camping permits are $9.80 per person per night                 prior to your scheduled day of arrival, but
from May through September.                                    before 2:00 p.m. on your scheduled day of
Backcountry camping permits are only available                 arrival: you will receive a full refund less the
through the Parks Canada Reservation System.                   original non-refundable reservation fee, the
                                                               cancellation fee, plus the fees for the first night
                                                               of backcountry camping.

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Consider the Needs of other Campers                            Store food and garbage securely, either
                                                                inside kayak hatches or in rodent and crow-
   This is a wilderness setting: generators, stereos           proof containers. You are living with wildlife
    or air compressors are not allowed.                         in the islands.
   Leave space between you and your neighbour.                Pack out all garbage. There is no garbage pick-
   Cook away from neighbouring tents.                          up in the BGI.
   Tent Pads: For fairness to all guests, when                Use solar composting outhouses for bodily
    making your reservation please select the exact             waste only. They are not compost piles for
    number of “Tent Pads” on your booking for the               food scraps.
    exact number of tents that you will be bringing.           Do not dig trenches around tents and when
    Technically, there are no "tent pads" in the BGI            leaving, replace rocks that have been used to
    but this terminology is used to determine how               secure tent pegs.
    many tents you will be using at each campsite.             Use a camp stove rather than a fire for cooking.
Your Impacts on the Environment                                Keep fires to a minimum, always below high
                                                                tideline, and never in the forest. Do not burn
Parks Canada strives to manage activities within                wood any thicker than your wrist and ensure
the national park reserve to protect the natural                the fire has burned out completely before you
and cultural heritage of the area. Your                         leave the area. Never abandon a fire:
appropriate, respectful behaviour (low impact                   smouldering fires have ignited, burning the
camping) will not only lead to a safe and                       ancient rainforest.
rewarding experience but will also contribute to a             Assess the area for dangerous trees before
healthy, functioning ecosystem. Parks Canada,                   setting up camp.
First Nations and visitors’ collective actions will
ultimately ensure that future generations can               Campground Hardening and
appreciate and enjoy this special place. When you           Rehabilitation
leave a camping area, ensure the area is in at least        Parks Canada performs restoration work to protect
as pristine a condition as when you found it.               exposed shell middens, bare roots and mineral soils
Tips:                                                       on the campground islands. Please respect any
                                                            fencing or signage you may encounter.
   Use biodegradable soap.
   Use ropes (not nails) to hang tarps etc.
   Remove all ropes. Disassemble primitive
    furniture and structures before departing.
   Leave all vegetation as you find it. A rare
    lichen, the seaside centipede lichen, has been
    found in the BGI. Breaking lower branches
    from trees could have a devastating impact on
    the species.

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HAZARDS AND REGULATIONS                                    often cannot see paddlers nor are they visible on
                                                           radar. Know your responsibilities. All marine
To help you maximise the enjoyment and safety of           traffic is subject to marine collision regulation.
your trip below are some hazards and                       Contact The Boating Safety Info Line for details.
responsibilities your entire party should be aware         See Other Services for their contact information.
of before setting out:
                                                           Hypothermia: Hypothermia is the lowering of
Weather: Strong winds can funnel through                   the core body temperature below a safe level
channels. Winds tend to rise in the late morning           causing the body to lose the ability to generate
and drop in the evening. Travel through Loudon             heat and is a major killer of outdoor recreationists.
and Imperial Eagle Channel by kayak, canoe and             Boaters beware; body heat is lost 25 times faster in
small craft is not recommended. During fair                water than in air. The maximum survival time in
weather, winds blow predictably from the west              10ºC water is 2-3 hours. The water temperature in
and northwest. Winds are from the southeast just           Barkley Sound ranges from 7-15ºC. Know how to
before and during adverse weather. However,                prevent, identify and treat hypothermia.
there are always exceptions to wind and weather
patterns. Wind-generated waves, especially those           Stinging plants and insects are present on
influenced by currents, can make for extremely             the islands.
rough or hazardous paddling and small craft
                                                           Group Travel: The following represent best
handling. Boaters should plan on moderate to
                                                           practices for group travel:
severe chop in Coaster Channel during the middle
of the day, particularly when it is hot and sunny.            Travel in a group of three or more boats to
Travel through Coaster Channel when winds are                  facilitate rescue and emergency response. Self-
light (generally early morning). Heavy wind, rain,             rescue may be the difference between life and
fog, and strong tidal currents here can be                     death.
extremely dangerous. Knowledge of navigation,                 Be prepared for a capsized or damaged boat;
boat handling, wilderness survival, weather                    more importantly, avoid situations that may be
patterns and signs, is essential for travel and                hazardous.
camping in the area.                                          Stay within normal talking distance of one
                                                               another and follow shorelines where possible.
Sea State: Large ocean swell (long distance
                                                              Know the abilities (mental and physical) of each
ocean-generated waves), steep chop (local wind-
                                                               member of your group and plan accordingly.
generated waves), tidal currents, cold water; all
                                                              Travel at the speed of the slowest group member.
pose potential problems for boaters.
                                                              Regularly assess the condition of group members.
Seascape: A maze of islands, islets, reefs,                   Alcohol, wilderness settings, and water
submerged rocks, and surge channels can be difficult           transport do not mix.
to navigate at any time, but are particularly                 Personal hygiene while camping can be
dangerous in ocean swell or limited visibility.                challenging; wash hands frequently.
Marine Traffic: Kayaks, sailboats and
motorboats all use the BGI. Motorized vessels

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Freshwater: Freshwater sources are unreliable               distance from all marine wildlife. For federal
in Barkley Sound; bring all the potable water your          guidelines referring to marine mammal viewing,
group requires. We recommend 4-6 litres per                 contact the Department of Fisheries and Oceans
person, per day.                                            (DFO) (see contact section).

LIVING WITH WILDLIFE                                        Note: sea lions are known to carry a disease
                                                            called leptospirosis that can be transferred to
Viewing wildlife while in the BGI is exciting. Please       humans. Accordingly, never touch a marine
remember that you have responsibilities as well as          mammal, dead or alive.
opportunities when you encounter wildlife.
                                                            MARINE HARVESTING IN PRNPR
Bare Campsite Program: leave no food
items or other attractants, such as food                    Are you thinking of catching or harvesting finfish,
packaging, toothpaste, soap, dish                           shellfish or other marine creatures? Please note
rags/scrubbers and pots/pans unattended.                    that the national park reserve is a
Scavenging animals such as crows, deer, rodents,            voluntary no-harvest zone. The national
raccoons and even wolves are efficient and creative         park reserve was established to protect the
scavengers. Secure food and other                           diversity of life in this area for present and future
attractants in tightly closed containers                    generations. With your help, Parks Canada can
when not in immediate use.                                  protect both the marine and the terrestrial
Black bears, wolves and cougars are in the
BGI. To avoid a dangerous encounter with                    Harvest limits are reduced within PRNPR. If you
wildlife stay alert and watch for signs of                  are harvesting you must carry the appropriate
recent activity. Keep these points in mind:                 licenses (Tidal Waters Sports Fishing Licence) and
                                                            follow the DFO regulations and closures.
   Keep children close to you.
   If you encounter a predator:                            As of August 14th, 2002, DFO permanently closed
        o Face the animal and retreat slowly,               a large section of the BGI to fin-fishing. This area
           giving them an avenue of escape.                 is now a Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA).
        o Do not run or play dead.                          Consult DFO for details of this closure.
        o If the animal does not leave or
                                                            Naturally occurring toxins such as Paralytic
           approaches, try to scare it away by
                                                            Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) - or “red tide” - have been
           appearing big and aggressive: shout,
                                                            found in the shellfish in Barkley Sound (e.g. clams,
           wave a stick/paddle or throw rocks.
                                                            oysters and scallops). When humans consume
        o In the unlikely event of an attack fight
                                                            contaminated shellfish, symptoms can vary from a
           back; target the eyes and nose.
                                                            mild tingling of the lips and tongue, to paralysis
Sea lions, seals and whales are frequently                  and death. Shellfish harvest openings and closures
sighted. There are established guidelines for               are based on rigorous monitoring procedures by
viewing marine wildlife, these guidelines require           DFO (see contact section).
boaters, including kayakers, to keep a minimum

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Boating near caves and cliffs impacts nesting
seabirds and is hazardous. Stay well away from
these features. Regulations prohibit entry into

File a trip plan before you leave for the BGI
backcountry, with a reliable person and upon
completion of your trip, inform your contact that
you are out of the backcountry.

A trip plan should be in writing and

   The number and names of people in your
   Trip length in days;
   Arrival and departure times and dates;
   Specific route plans;
   Camping plans;
   Tent: number, make/model/colour of tent;
   If applicable, vehicle licence #,
    make/model/colour and location;
   If applicable, the make and colour of each vessel.

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EQUIPMENT                                                   Camera
                                                            Spare paddle
Regulated equipment:
                                                            Air horn (for scaring wildlife away)
See Canada Coast Guard Safe Boating Guide or                Pepper spray
contact Office of Boating Safety for equipment              Clothing; choose materials that maintain
that must be carried on board your vessel.                   warmth when wet, dry quickly, can be layered
                                                             (wool or polypropylene)
Recommended equipment:
                                                            Durable rain gear (test it beforehand)
   Hydrographic (nautical) charts #3670 and                Warm hat and gloves
    #3671 and a waterproof chart bag                        Footwear
   Canadian Tide and Current Tables (refer to              Towels
    Tofino tables)
   GPS with chart plotter and tide table
   Watch
   Licenced marine VHF Radio
   Compass
   Cellular phone (check with your carrier for
   First aid kit
   Survival kit (e.g. waterproof matches, knife,
    emergency food, flares and blanket)
   Equipment repair kit
   Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and whistle
   Self-rescue aids, paddle floats, towlines
   Paddling gloves, hat
   Wetsuit
   Potable water
   Stove, fuel and cooking kit
   Food
   Knife
   Rope, shock cords
   Tent with waterproof fly and floor
   Sleeping bag and insulation pad
   Waterproof bags
   Flashlight
   Toiletries (hand sanitizer, sun- and lip-screens)
   Sunglasses
   Airtight container for garbage
   Toilet paper

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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve             2040 Pacific Rim Highway
Administration Office                         P.O. Box 280, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0
                                              250-726-3500 (year-round)

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve             (24 hours)
Resource Conservation &                       1-877-852-3100 (toll-free) or
Park Warden Office                            1-250-726-3604

Parks Canada Information                      2791 Pacific Rim Highway
Pacific Rim Visitor Centre                    250-726-4212
                                              Open daily May to September



Beachkeepers, Tseshaht First Nation           1-250-266-0620

Secret Beach Campground and Kayak             250-726-8349
Launch - Toquaht Nation             

Lady Rose Marine Services                     250-723-8313 or 1-800-663-7192 (April 1 - Sept 30)
(Passenger Ferry)                   
                                              (Port Alberni to Bamfield/Ucluelet)

Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations                  1-877-677-1131 or 250-724-5757
Tribal Council                      

Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce            2533 Redford Street
                                              Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7L6

Bamfield Chamber of Commerce                  250-728-3006
Bamfield Centennial Park & Campground
and Information Center              

BC Ferries                                    1-888-223-3779 or 250-386-3431 (international)
                                              *BCF on cell
                                     (Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo)

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada                   250-720-4440
Pacific Region                                Fishing and Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Information
Port Alberni Office                           24 hour line [sub area23 (8)]
                                              604-666-2828 or 1-866-431-3474

Transport Canada Office of Boating Safety     1-866-995-9737

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