BC Hydro-Double Overhead Circuit: Upgrading of Electrical Service Infrastructure to Tofino, British Columbia

BC Hydro wishes to upgrade the existing electrical service infrastructure through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to address increasing demand in the region (Tofino and other remote communities). To complete this work BC Hydro will: 1) Remove the vegetation in the National Park Reserve impeding the construction of the new overhead pole line in the section from the Pacific Rim Highway junction with Ucluelet to approximately the midsection of the circuit to Tofino, 2) Replace ~10 km the current overhead pole line in the same corridor. Construction work includes, removing old poles, installing taller poles at closer spacing, (200+ new poles), tree trimming, and hazard tree removal and upgrading automatic splice connectors and insulators as required. Environmental mitigations will be required to protect aquatic and riparian areas, salmonid habitat, species at risk critical habitat (Hemphillia dromedarius), songbird nesting, old growth forests, cultural resources (culturally modified trees, and traditional use sites), visitor experience and visitor safety. These (and additional consultations) will be addressed as part of the Detailed Impact Assessment process.


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Latest update

March 30, 2022 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from February 28 to March 30, 2022 - February 28, 2022


Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (DIA)
PO Box 280
2040 Pacific Rim Highway
Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0
Email: Jackie.Arsenault@pc.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Detailed Impact Assessment, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    BC Hydro
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


Nearby assessments

..within 200 kilometres
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