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Discovery Island Marine Park


Marine-accessible camping

The park has one designated camping area that offers open field camping. The camping area is just southwest of Pandora Hill.

Responsible camping

  • The use of onsite food caches for all foodstuffs and fragrant items is mandatory
  • 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

Fees for overnight camping apply year-round and are  or through the Backcountry Registration System.

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 can also be paid at self registration vaults, located at the information shelter.

Winter camping

Winter camping is available in this park.

Picnic areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area within the designated camping area.

Pit or flush toilets

This park has one pit toilet, located near the day-use and camping area.


One main trail provides a junction to reach various points in the park; head west to visit the open grass fields and rocky shoreline. Designated trails provide access to the area around the lighthouse to the east and to the open grass fields to the west of the park. Please remain within the park boundary – the area to the north of the boundary is private First Nations land and is not open to the public.


There is no designated swimming area at this park. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.


Discovery Island is accessible from Victoria by canoe or kayak. Paddlers can launch at Cattle Point in Oak Bay (Victoria). Be prepared for potentially strong currents and unpredictable weather in this area. A number of operators offer tours or rentals in Victoria.


The waters around Discovery Island are home to a variety of salt water species of fish. Seasonal or year-round closures on specific species may be in place. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Rockfish Conservation Areas occur within this park. Fishing activities are limited in Rockfish Conservation Areas. Before you go fishing please refer to the Rockfish Conservation Area descriptions available from Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO.