Campbell River Parks & Ecological Reserves

Our region is rich with Parks from our local Municipal Parks to Provincial Parks and Reserves.

Introduction to British Columbia Provincial Parks

Darren peaking out Strathcona Provincial Park Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

There are 450 Provincial Parks in British Columbia with more than 77,000 square kilometres of spectacular country protected within these parks. Where can I camp? Do the parks cost money to enter? Where are the BC Parks? It is all here.

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Vancouver Island North – Regional Parks

Bear Creek Regional Park Oyster River Vancouver Island British Columbia

Vancouver Island BC hosts a number of Regional Parks from the Strathcona Regional District to the Mt Waddington Regional District, each with its own virtues. These remote vestiges of natural splendour adhere in the heart and the memory a long time after you have left.

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Parks – Regional – Malcolm Island – Bere Point

Bere Point Park and Ecological Reserve, Sointula, Malcolm Island British Columbia Canada

Bere Point campsite and Regional Park are located on Malcolm Island, a BC mystic island where the outside world no longer exists. Beachfront camping is not the only thing that will entice you on this journey. Access from Port McNeill on Vancouver Island.

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Provincial Marine Park – God’s Pocket

Gods Pocket Ecological Reserve Vancouver Island British Columbia

God’s Pocket Provincial BC Marine Park is located on Hurst Island in just north of Port Hardy on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Known for its excellent diving, many marine mammals feed in this area, so don’t be surprised if you see a whale or many of them.

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Provincial Parks – Sayward – White River

White River Provincial Park Vancouver Island British Columbia

The White River Provincial Park in Sayward, also known as the Cathedral Grove of the North Island. The visitor is amply rewarded with views of some of the most massive Giant Douglas fir and western Red Cedar trees on Vancouver Island and in BC.

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Provincial Marine Park – Mitlenatch Island

Scuba Diving Mitlenatch Island Campbell River British Columbia

Located in a rain shadow, Mitlenatch Island a BC Marine Park has often been referred to as the Galapagos of the north. With numerous species of birds nesting on the island, this small Island near Campbell River on the east coast of Vancouver Island is a haven for many unusual land and sea creatures as well.

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Provincial Parks – Woss Lake

Woss Lake Provincial Park Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Woss Lake Provincial Park is a very steep, forested and seldom visited wilderness area on Vancouver Island BC, so if you are into getting away from it all, this is a great place to relax and explore.

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Provincial Parks – Strathcona/Westmin

Upper Myra Falls trail Strathcona Provincial Park near Campbell River Vancouver Island Canada

Strathcona Westmin Provincial Park on Vancouver Island BC, offers a variety of opportunities for recreation and is the direct access to hike the Myra Falls trails or climb Mt Myra, Phillips Ridge and other mountains that can be accessed from this point, including the Golden Hinde.

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Provincial Parks – Strathcona

Strathcona Provincial Park Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island BC is the crown jewel of Provincial Parks in British Columbia. Hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, fishing, camping, swimming, snorkeling, pick your adventure it all awaits here.

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Provincial Parks – Read Island

Read Island Provincial Park British Columbia

Read Island Provincial Park, close to Vancouver Island is a part of the Octopus Islands and the BC Marine Trail BC network, encompassing camp sites and safe havens for recreational boaters and paddlers.

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Provincial Parks – Morton Lake

Morton Lake Provincial Park Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Morton Lake Provincial Park, an hour’s drive from Campbell River offers the best in relaxation. One of the best local Provincial Parks on Vancouver Island BC to bring the kids because of the array of possible activities. Canoeing, swimming, fishing, hiking, snorkeling, just about anything.

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Provincial Parks – Miracle Beach

Miracle Beach Provincial Park Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Miracle Beach Provincial Park on Vancouver Island BC, offers camping, an educational amphitheatre, beach combing and mini golf nearby. An great camping experience near Campbell River and the Comox Valley.

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Provincial Parks – Loveland Bay

Loveland Bay Provincial Park Campbell River Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Loveland Bay Provincial Park located on the north shore of Loveland Bay on Campbell Lake near Campbell River BC, this small campsite and bay provides camping and boat launching and crates an intimate camping experience on Vancouver Island.

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Provincial Parks – Horne Lake Caves

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, located 40 minutes south of Campbell River on Vancouver Island BC. Six undeveloped caves are an impressive aspect of Vancouver Island’s natural heritage. Four Caves are open to the public.

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Elk Falls Provincial Park

Elk Falls Provincial Park Campbell River Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Elk Falls Provincial Park is in the district of Campbell River on Vancouver Island BC with its newest attraction – The Elk Falls Suspension Bridge, offering old growth hikes, and a view of the Elk Falls waterfall unsurpassed anywhere on the island.

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Provincial Parks – Sayward – Claud Elliot Park & Reserve

Claud Elliot Provincial Park Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Claud Elliot Provincial Park and Ecological Reserve, in Sayward just north of Campbell River, on Vancouver Island BC. is a day trip as there is no camping in this park. Part of the Tsitika watershed this river system is ranked among the 10most important fish streams on Vancouver Island.

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Provincial Marine Park – Octopus Islands

Kayaking Octopus Islands Marine Park and Ecological Reserve Quadra Island British Columbia

The Octopus Islands Marine Provincial Park represents a small grouping of islands off the east coast of Quadra Island BC. A great place to take to your kayak or paddle board and explore the rocky shores, inlets and mini fjords.

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Provincial Parks – Cape Scott

Cape Scott Provincial Park Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Entering the Cape Scott Provincial Park story on northern Vancouver Island is like stepping into another world, full of history and intrigue. Count on a 6 or 7 ay trip and you might be able to see it all. Maybe.

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Provincial Parks – Brooks Peninsula

Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Located 20 km west of Port Alice on the shores of north west Vancouver Island BC, the Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park is only accessible by boat or plane. Salmon Fishing, hiking, kayaking.

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Provincial Parks – Zeballos – Artlish Caves

Artlish Caves Provincial Park Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada

Artlish Caves Provincial Park near Zeballos, on Vancouver Island BC,are managed by BC Parks but are difficult to find. Now that the roads have been deactivated it is a challenge to get into the area where they are suppose to be so if you find them, send us a note.

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Parks – Campbell River – McIvor Lake Park

McIvor Lake Park Campbell River Vancouver Island British Coumbia

McIvor Lake Park is a 15 minute drive north, west of Campbell River. A fresh water lake with plenty of room, a pet cemetery and lots of activity potential for the kids. Hiking trails, biking trails and all sorts of water sports.

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Provincial Marine Park – Rock Bay

Rock Bay Provincial Marine Park Campbell River Vancouver Island British Columbia

Rock Bay Provincial Marine Park is located on the eastern shoreline of Vancouver Island BC, 40 km north of Campbell River at the confluence of The Discovery Passage and Johnstone Strait.

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Provincial Marine Park – Desolation Sound

looking out at Desolation Sound from Cortes Island British Columbia

Why they called this amazingly beautiful area Desolation Sound we cannot understand because it is anything but Desolate. This BC Marine Park is a flagship for our marine parks on the east coast of Vancouver Island.

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Provincial Marine Park – Surge Narrows

kayaking surge narrows Quadra Island British Columbia

Surge Narrows Provincial Marine Park, on the shores of Maurelle Island in BC, is an ideal place for the proliferation of marine life. The fast tides, reefs and tidal changes here bring in nutrients to create prime conditions for a multitude of sea creatures.

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Provincial Marine Park – Small Inlet

small inlet provincial marine park Quadra Island British Columbia

Small Inlet Provincial Marine Park located on the northern shores of Quadra Island BC, is tied closely to the Octopus Islands Marine Park to create an area of protected lands on both sides of the island.

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