Wild Pacific Trail - Parking and Access

Ucluelet Economic Development Corporation

Sources of Funding
ICET :$95,000
Wild Pacific Trail Society:$25,000
District of Ucluelet:$25,000
In Kind - Ucluelet Historical Society:$119,000
Community Futures Alberni Clayoquot:$1,000
Other InKind:$20,000
Total Budget: $285,000
Quick Facts: 

Storm watching has become so popular that the trail is a year round attraction.

Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trails has undergone a multi-phase development process that started in 1999 with the establishment of the Wild Pacific Trail Society (WPTS) and the construction of 2.5kms of trail. Since its inception, the primary goal of the WPTS has been to connect the southern tip of the Ucluelet Peninsula to Half Moon Bay in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve by developing a trail corridor that is free and appropriate for all fitness levels. Throughout the length of the Trail, hikers are exposed to spectacular vistas of the Pacific Ocean, rugged headlands, old-growth trees and wildlife.

However the success of what began as a small trail project was creating significant problems due to lack of parking and access, significantly limiting the trail’s potential to accommodate a larger number of users. This trail development phase focused on the development of a 60-vehicle parking lot, washrooms and 600 metres of new access trails. The project also included interpretive signage showcasing Ucluelet’s history.

This portion of the project, completed in 2008, has resulted in regional economic diversification and a strengthened tourism industry. The larger capacity parking lot and new trail head has increased visitation to the area and visitor satisfaction, while also extending the average visitors’ length of stay. In addition to the temporary construction job creation and spending, the project has had a lasting impact on the local economy with the spending and permanent jobs created by new business development, new residential development and the coming of age of Ucluelet as a fully-fledged tourism destination. 

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT

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