Project Title:

West Coast-Multi Use Trail

Project Organization:

Alberni Clayoquot Regional District

Project Investment:

  • Island Coastal Economic Trust: $200,000
  • Applicant Equity: $1,340,000
  • Total Budget: $1,540,000

Project Highlight:

The name ʔapsčiik t’ašii trail means “going the right direction on the path” in Nuučaan̓uɫ.

New tourism markets will open with this final leg of a 40km pathway connecting Ucluelet and Tofino.

This project will build the final 1.2km between Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim National Park, to create a continuous trail connecting Ucluelet, Millstream, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ lands, Esowista, Ty-Histanis, the Long Beach Airport and Tofino. The fully connected trail integrates existing multi-use pathways in each community, as well as the new 25km ʔapsčiik t’ašii trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

The multi-use pathway provides a clean, healthy alternative to motorized transport, helps reduce traffic and congestion in the region and improves access to the area’s iconic beaches, coastal rainforests, and special areas of cultural and historical significance.

Trail improvements will also mitigate safety issues such as little to no shoulder along the roadway. The trail will be a 3-meter wide, separated asphalt pathway to provide pedestrians, runners, and cyclists with safe and barrier-free trail access.

Island Coastal Economic Trust approved funding for this project in 2022 through the Capital and Innovation program.