Posted: February 9, 2021
Tofino Completes Multi-Use Path (MUP) Extension Project
Residents and visitors excited for new trail access to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
TOFINO, B.C. – Now complete and open for use, Tofino’s Multi-Use Path (MUP) Extension provides a safe, accessible and continuously paved route from Tofino to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
The 2.8 km extension to Tofino’s popular existing 6 km Multi-Use Path, spans from the Tofino Visitor Centre to the northern boundary of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve where it connects to the soon to be completed ?apsc?iik t?as?ii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee) destination trail, extending an additional 25 km to the southern boundary of the Long Beach Unit of the Park Reserve.
“I’m pleased to see that the path’s extension provides another access to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and expands the network of trails for the enjoyment of hikers and cyclists,” said Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Active mobility in the great outdoors helps preserve nature’s beauty and contributes to Canada’s low-carbon goals. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”
“Exercise, fresh air, and being out in nature are essential to physical and mental health, especially during COVID-19 times,” said Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country. “It’s great to see Tofino’s Multi-Use Path extension complete so community members can continue to safely enjoy hiking and biking through B.C.’s beautiful landscapes and the Park Reserve.”
“Tofino’s Council and residents are excited to see the extension of Tofino’s Multi-Use Path completed. Having a safe, non-motorized connection to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve – and eventually to Ucluelet - not only enhances the quality of life for our region’s residents, but also brings benefits to those who visit us from across Canada and around the world” said Tofino’s Acting Mayor Duncan McMaster. “Projects like these can only happen with partnerships between all levels of government and we’re very appreciative of the collaboration that has brought us to completion.”
“B.C.’s West Coast is known for its stunning nature, its exciting recreation opportunities and the people who live in these vibrant communities,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “This new path makes it easier for locals, residents and visitors to access this world famous park and demonstrates that tourism development is an investment that creates winning conditions for everyone.”
Located in the traditional territories of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, the Multi-Use Path is aimed at enhancing the regional trail network by providing cyclists and pedestrians a new way to access the Park Reserve.
“This has been a highly anticipated project that will transform how visitors and locals travel and experience Pacific Rim Park and the region,” says Aaron Stone, ICET Chair. “This new year-round outdoor tourism and community amenity will enable visitors and locals to leave their vehicles behind and experience a closer, cleaner and more sustainable connection to the region’s amazing offerings.”
Project construction began the fall of 2019 along the challenging stretch of BC Highway 4 after Tofino learned of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s plans to construct the ?apsc?iik t?as?ii trail leaving a short but dangerous section of road between Tofino and the National Park Reserve. Funding for the $3.9 million project was provided by the Federal Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund, The Province of British Columbia, Island Coastal Economic Trust and BC’s Resort Municipality Initiative. The new path will provide a safe and accessible route for pedestrians, runners and cyclists and promote non-motorized transportation in the west coast region.
“The multi-use path extension intimately connects locals and visitors to experience Tofino’s stunning beauty,” said Josie Osborne, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim on behalf of Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Through our CleanBC plan, the province is committed to making active transportation safe, easy and convenient for all people – and we are a proud contributor to this project. I’ll be on my bike using this trail to commute around town as much as possible, I hope to see you out there!”
Links to learn more :
- The Federal Gas Tax Fund
- Active Transportation
- Island Coastal Economic Trust
- BC Resort Municipality Fund
- Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s ?apsc?iik t?as?ii Multi-use Trail
Manager of Public Spaces, Cultural and Visitor Initiatives
District of Tofino
(T) 250 725 3229