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ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (ups-cheek ta-shee)

Parks Canada is building a new 25 km multi-use pathway—expected to open in 2022—to traverse the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, a long-time request of local communities. Named ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (ups-cheek ta-shee), which means “going the right direction on the path” in Nuu-chah-nulth dialects, it will provide visitors and locals alike with an accessible pathway to explore the wonders of the national park reserve. The multi-use pathway will provide increased safety for cyclists and all users including those with mobility impairments.

Imagine being able to discover the rich and diverse ecology, wildlife and culture of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve by bike or on foot in a more natural and active way. Stop at Long Beach to dip your toes in the cold ocean, pull off the pathway at Wickaninnish Beach to learn how the local indigenous people have harvested from the sea for thousands of years, or marvel at the beautiful views from Incinerator Rock.

ʔapsčiik t̓ašii is located in the traditional territories of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, and will extend from the southern to the northern boundary of the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve where it will connect with the expanded Tofino Multi-use pathway soon to be completed.

More Work Ahead

With much of the pathway now paved, the path is starting to look ready for visitors to use! But ʔapsčiik t̓ašii will remain closed until 2022, while Parks Canada finishes building a few sections of the pathway and installing components such as safety signage, line painting, First Nations and cultural elements, rest areas and a pedestrian-activated signal crossing near Radar Hill Road.

We look forward to welcoming you when the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii is open for use. For more information, visit the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve website.

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/visit/visit5/visit8

 

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