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Tahsish River Ecological Reserve

Date Established: 1998
Size: 70 hectares

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  • Access to this ecological reserve may be restricted

    BC Parks is advising potential visitors to this ecological reserve that local First Nations are in a continued state of emergency due to COVID-19. Visitors may find access to these locations restricted due to roadblocks on lands managed by local First Nations. Most services in these communities remain closed and visitors are being refused entry.

Tahsish River Ecological Reserve


Ecological Reserves are areas in British Columbia selected to preserve representative and special natural ecosystems, plant and animal species, features, and phenomena. Ecological Reserves provide the highest level of protection for the maintenance of physical and biological diversity while allowing for research and educational activities. More information on Ecological Reserves »

Tahsish River Ecological Reserve was established to protect an unaltered west coast estuary.

Detailed Ecological Reserve Description

BC Parks has created a detailed description of each Ecological Reserve to support current or potential education and research. Each account includes physical, biological, and cultural information as well as management concerns regarding the Ecological Reserve, with references to supporting documents where available. Additional documents may also be made available, upon request.

Detailed Description


Ecological reserves are not created for outdoor recreation. Most ecological reserves, however, are open to the public for non-destructive pursuits like hiking, nature observation and photography. Consumptive activities like hunting, freshwater fishing, camping, livestock grazing, removal of materials, plants or animals are prohibited by regulation in ecological reserves. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Research and educational activities may be carried out but only under permit.

Location and Maps

Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

West coast of Vancouver Island, 50 km S of Port McNeill

Ecological Zones

Management Planning

  • The approved Purpose Statement [PDF 124.95KB] for this Ecological Reserve is now available in pdf format.