Pa­cific Rim Na­tional Park Re­serve

Canadian Running - - EXOTIC DESTINATION -

South­west B.C.

You can’t beat run­ning on white sand beaches and soft paths snaking through old-growth rain­for­est. The Pa­cific Rim is on the far side of Van­cou­ver Is­land and rep­re­sents a land­scape that, to most Cana­di­ans, is to­tally imag­i­nary. Trees that are older than Con­fed­er­a­tion? Idyl­lic oceanic views? And the chance to learn about the Nuu-chah-nulth cul­ture, the orig­i­nal peo­ple of the re­gion? Check, check, check. The Pa­cific Rim is great for run­ning. The na­tional park has a “Long Beach Chal­lenge,” which is a 9.5-kilome­tre route and the park even sells tim­ing chips. Pick up a chip, run the route and then check on­line to see how your time mea­sures up. Most years, the Edge to Edge Marathon also starts in Pa­cific Rim Na­tional Park. (It’s de­toured this year due to con­struc­tion within the park, but it’s run­ning through sim­i­lar ter­rain in June.) And if you’re truly crazy, reg­is­ter in ad­vance (as a hiker) to run the 95-kilome­tre West Coast Trail as a self-sup­ported ul­tra.

Ideal des­ti­na­tion if:

You’re look­ing to jump into the deep end of an­other cul­ture and land­scape.

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