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ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (ups-cheek ta-shee)

Parks Canada’s new 25 km multi-use pathway—officially opening in 2022—traverses the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Named ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (ups-cheek ta-shee), which means “going the right direction on the path” in Nuu-chah-nulth dialects, it provides visitors and locals alike with a route to explore the wonders of the national park reserve.

Under construction

Parks Canada will continue actively working on ʔapsčiik t̓ašii throughout the 2021 visitor season. While individuals may use paved sections of the pathway, note that personnel will continue to be on site to complete a variety of work to ensure a safe, high-quality visitor experience. This will include: installing bike racks, benches and signs; planting restoration sites; adding woodchips to the sides of the pathway; and, installing a Highway 4 crossing near Radar Hill Road. Expect to encounter crews and wait to be signaled to pass them at any point along the pathway.

In summer and fall of 2021, Parks Canada is building the remaining section of the pathway on the Wayii, which is the Nuu-chah-nulth name of the escarpment overlooking Long Beach near Green Point campground. This section is closed from Green Point to Long Beach.

Respecting First Nations communities

ʔapsčiik t̓ašii lies in the traditional territories and lands of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and YuułuɁiłɁatḥ. Working together on the pathway involved years of careful planning. Elders from both First Nations provided a set of guiding principles to ensure building was completed appropriately: hishukish ts’awalk (everything is one), uu-a-thluk (taking care of), and iisaak (respect). Together with environmental and archaeological experts, Parks Canada used these principles in building the pathway.

We ask that visitors to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve be mindful of these teachings. By following signage and directions on our website in each phase of building the pathway, we can give privacy and show respect to the First Nations communities who live near the route.

Environmental mitigation

Parks Canada has managed the balance between protecting the ecological integrity of national parks, while providing a safe and meaningful experience to visitors for over 100 years. As with all projects, Parks Canada has been following rigorous practices, including conducting environmental assessments, using strategies to lessen environmental impact and increase habitat, and requiring environmental monitoring.

Some of the environmental gains we achieved during this project included salvaging plants, replanting habitats, increasing fish habitat by 4180 m2, reducing tree removal by routing around trees wherever possible, building three clear-span bridges that allow fish to pass freely beneath them, building 63 amphibian underpasses, plus three amphibian tunnels beneath the highway; and, building more than 370 m of elevated pathways.

Cycling and e-bikes

Cycling and pedal-assist (non-throttle) e-bikes are permitted on paved sections of ʔapsčiik t̓ašii. When cycling, share the trails. Be wildlife aware, follow proper trail etiquette, and ride within your capability.

Stay up to date on the status of the pathway on our website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/pacificrim

 

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