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Marine-accessible camping

There are 30 hike-in sites in the park in two separate camping areas. Protect foodstuffs in tight containers to prevent raccoons and crows from stealing your provisions. Please practice Leave No Trace camping ethics. Garbage facilities are not provided; visitors must pack out all of their garbage.

Please ensure you camp and hike in designated areas. Human disturbance of the vegetation leads to erosion of the sensitive shoreline and the potential destruction of archeological sites.

Registration and camping fees

Dionisio Point Park is open year-round and overnight camping fees apply.

  • Backcountry camping fee: $5 per person per night (age 6+)

The BC Parks backcountry permit registration service allows you to purchase a backcountry camping permit before leaving home. Although this does not reserve a campsite, it provides the convenience of prepaying for your trip and not having to carry cash. We encourage all visitors to register online so we can reduce the need to collect fees in the field.

Fees for overnight camping are also payable at self-registration vaults located at the information shelter.

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Drinking water

Water System repairs and upgrades have been completed and water service in this park has resumed. A boil water advisory is in place for this water system. Water must be boiled for a minimum of five minutes, filtered or treated prior to consumption. Water is available from May 1 to September 30.

Drinking Water System Reports

Picnic areas

This park has a day-use and picnic area in the vicinity of Coon Bay. Facilities include pit toilets, picnic tables, a cold water hand pump and an information shelter. Camping is not allowed in the day-use or picnic area.

Pit or flush toilets

This park has a number of pit toilets located adjacent to campsites and day-use areas.

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Hiking

The park offers a number of hiking opportunities on trails leading through the forest and along the shoreline. Information shelters at the camping areas contain maps of park trails, which are maintained on a regular basis. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.

Swimming

There is no designated swimming area at this park, however sandy beaches do offer nice opportunities for ocean swimming. There are no lifeguards on duty.

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing

Dionisio Park offers great opportunities for year-round viewing of marine life, including seals, sea lions, and otters, as well as shorebirds and bald eagles.

Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to the potential for encounters with wildlife.

Cycling

Bicycles are permitted on some trails as identified on the park maps. Bicycles must remain on these identified trails and roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Dionisio Point Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.

Scuba diving

An abundance of marine life due to a high current zone makes this a good spot for scuba diving. As currents are strong, this area is only recommended for experienced divers.