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The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is urging visitors to stay on designated trails after a hiker became injured in an unsanctioned area last week. (Westerly file photo)

Injured hiker rescued in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

 

Meaghen McCord cradles a smoothhound shark (Mustelus mustelus). McCord achieved a Masters Degree in Fisheries Science, where she specialized in the stock assessment and fishery management of commercially fished sharks in South Africa. (Submitted photo)

B.C. marine ecologist wants Canada to sink its teeth into shark protection

Gulf Islands scientist says top predator under shocking threat from human behaviour

 

Meaghen McCord cradles a smoothhound shark (Mustelus mustelus). McCord achieved a Masters Degree in Fisheries Science, where she specialized in the stock assessment and fishery management of commercially fished sharks in South Africa. (Submitted photo)

Canada can lead the way to save sharks from extinction, says fisheries expert

“Combined with fishing extraction numbers, sharks experience huge losses in the environment.”

 

Areas along the West Coast Trail, Broken Island Groups and Long Beach Unit will remain closed to public for overnight camping in 2020. (Photo: Pacific Rim National Park Reserve/Facebook)

West Coast Trail to remain closed to overnight camping for rest of the year

Broken Islands and Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve also off limits

Areas along the West Coast Trail, Broken Island Groups and Long Beach Unit will remain closed to public for overnight camping in 2020. (Photo: Pacific Rim National Park Reserve/Facebook)
The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is welcoming visitors back to limited spots at Green Point Campground. (Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Facebook)

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve announces limited camping opportunities

The Park Reserve reopened limited camping services for existing reservation holders on June 22.

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is welcoming visitors back to limited spots at Green Point Campground. (Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Facebook)
The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve reopened to visitors on June 4. (Westerly file photo)

Ty-Histanis resident frustrated by Pacific Rim National Park Reserve reopening

“To see tourists walking through the community is definitely pretty upsetting,” said Hjalmer Wenstob

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve reopened to visitors on June 4. (Westerly file photo)
Banff National Park. (The Canadian Press)

National parks to open campgrounds for existing reservations next week

All national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas were closed at the end of March

Banff National Park. (The Canadian Press)
This wolf was spotted stretching out by a trail cam set up within the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Photo - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve)

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve issues wolf advisory

Frequent sightings reported around Long Beach area.

This wolf was spotted stretching out by a trail cam set up within the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Photo - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve)
A view of the West Coast Trail near Nitinat Lake. (David Enstrom/Wikipedia Commons)

West Coast Trail to remain closed for now

Federal government won’t open world-famous trek until its First Nations are ready for visitors

A view of the West Coast Trail near Nitinat Lake. (David Enstrom/Wikipedia Commons)
The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s famed Long Beach, between Tofino and Ucluelet, is expected to partially reopen on June 4. (Westerly file photo)

UPDATED: Pacific Rim National Park Reserve welcomes visitors back

The Park Reserve shut down on March 18 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s famed Long Beach, between Tofino and Ucluelet, is expected to partially reopen on June 4. (Westerly file photo)
Smoke haze from forest fires burning in Alberta and British Columbia hangs over Banff, Alta., in Banff National Park, Friday, July 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Twenty-nine of Canada’s 48 national parks to reopen to day-use visitors June 1

All national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas have been closed for weeks

Smoke haze from forest fires burning in Alberta and British Columbia hangs over Banff, Alta., in Banff National Park, Friday, July 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Blair Park and other parks in Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District are closed until further notice due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) School District 70 has also closed all its playgrounds. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)

COVID-19: Playgrounds closed in Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, on west coast

Signage will be posted at playgrounds “as soon as possible”

Blair Park and other parks in Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District are closed until further notice due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) School District 70 has also closed all its playgrounds. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)
A collection of new artifacts from the wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus, is seen at Parks Canada Conservation Laboratories in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Artifacts include a hairbrush, handle of a stamp for a seal, clothes brush, comb, piece of sealing wax, chain, toothbrush and paintbrush. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Thumbprint, hairbrush: Franklin wreck in Nunavut waters reveals sailors’ lives

In 2019, the Parks Canada team produced extraordinary images of the HMS Terror

A collection of new artifacts from the wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus, is seen at Parks Canada Conservation Laboratories in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Artifacts include a hairbrush, handle of a stamp for a seal, clothes brush, comb, piece of sealing wax, chain, toothbrush and paintbrush. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is looking into adding new visitor kiosks on the highway between Tofino and Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve looking into drive-thru visitor kiosks on highway between Tofino and Ucluelet

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, Ucluelet First Nation, Tofino and Ucluelet to be consulted.

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is looking into adding new visitor kiosks on the highway between Tofino and Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
Can you dig it? BMX rider and trail builder Dylan King jumps Ucluelet’s new BMX park on a beautiful autumn day. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

West Coast becoming a vibrant bike community

“This area has everything and more to offer for riding enthusiasts of all diverse ages.”

Can you dig it? BMX rider and trail builder Dylan King jumps Ucluelet’s new BMX park on a beautiful autumn day. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Surfrider volunteers gather at the Seaplane base dock on Aug. 22 to celebrate a successful expedition to the Broken Group Islands. Over the course of eight-days, the volunteers filled 45 super sacs with marine debris. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Surfrider volunteers clean up Broken Group Islands near Ucluelet

“We cleaned up a very small portion of B.C.’s coastline, but retrieved a mountain of plastic.”

Surfrider volunteers gather at the Seaplane base dock on Aug. 22 to celebrate a successful expedition to the Broken Group Islands. Over the course of eight-days, the volunteers filled 45 super sacs with marine debris. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
GOLDEN OLIN: Tofino surfer Sanoa Dempfle-Olin gets carried out of the surf by teammates Jasmine Porter and Keanna Hasz after winning the U18 girls division of the 2019 Rip Curl Nationals. Sanoa, 13, also took second place in the U16 girls and claimed bronze in the open women’s shortboard. Her older sister Mathea won gold in the U16 and placed fourth in the open women’s shortboard. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
GOLDEN OLIN: Tofino surfer Sanoa Dempfle-Olin gets carried out of the surf by teammates Jasmine Porter and Keanna Hasz after winning the U18 girls division of the 2019 Rip Curl Nationals. Sanoa, 13, also took second place in the U16 girls and claimed bronze in the open women’s shortboard. Her older sister Mathea won gold in the U16 and placed fourth in the open women’s shortboard. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Tofino’s Peter Devries, left, exits the water alongside fellow Tofino surfer Michael Darling during the final heat of 2018’s Surf Canada Nationals. Devries will conted for his ninth Canadian title at Wickaninnish Beach on May 10-12. (Westerly File Photo)

Surf Canada Nationals coming to Wick Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

“We have a really good thing going here with Surf Canada.”

Tofino’s Peter Devries, left, exits the water alongside fellow Tofino surfer Michael Darling during the final heat of 2018’s Surf Canada Nationals. Devries will conted for his ninth Canadian title at Wickaninnish Beach on May 10-12. (Westerly File Photo)
Elder Richard Mundy speaks at a Parks Canada information session in Hitacu on March 7. (Parks Canada Photo)                                Elder Richard Mundy speaks at a Parks Canada information session in Hitacu on March 7. (Parks Canada Photo)

Parks Canada seeks contractors for ʔapsčiik t’ašii (pronounced ‘Ups-cheek ta-shee’) trail

“No relationship is more important to the Government of Canada than the one with Canada’s Indigenous peoples.”

Elder Richard Mundy speaks at a Parks Canada information session in Hitacu on March 7. (Parks Canada Photo)                                Elder Richard Mundy speaks at a Parks Canada information session in Hitacu on March 7. (Parks Canada Photo)
A West Coast resident watches a giant wave crash down from a safe viewing platform on Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Extreme Wave Advisory issued for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

A West Coast resident watches a giant wave crash down from a safe viewing platform on Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)