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Catala Island Marine Provincial Park
About This Park
Sea kayaking, boating and wilderness camping are the main attractions for visitors to Catala Island Marine Provincial Park, located in Esperanza Inlet on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, between Nootka Sound and Kyuquot Sound.
The park encompasses numerous reefs, islets and marine ecosystems as well as a lake, bog area and rugged shoreline, all of which provide ample opportunities for exploration. Rustic trails lead to the lake and bog in the center of the island, which features tall trees twisted by the fierce winds coming off the Pacific Ocean. This forest forms a ragged backdrop to the island’s smooth, sandy beaches.
The Rolling Roadstead anchorage of Catala Island is good in calm weather, but when the winds pick up boaters here will be subjected to a constant and steady swell from the Pacific. Nearby Queen Cove off Esperanza Inlet on Vancouver Island provides more sheltered overnight anchorage.
Access to the park is by boat from the towns of Tahsis and Zeballos. Kayakers wishing to explore this remote region can book space for themselves and their kayak aboard the MV Uchuck lll, departing from Gold River and Tahsis. The vessel will unload kayakers into the scenic area of Catala Island en route to its scheduled stop at Kyuquot in Kyuquot Sound.
Know Before You Go
- Bring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park.
Catala Island is located in Esperanza Inlet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Access is gained via kayak or power boat. The closest boat launch is in Zeballos, although Tahsis and Gold River are also used. A water taxi service is available from these communities, which will transport visitors and kayaks to the Island. Boaters can reference marine chart #3662 and #3663 for more information about this area.
Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage: This park involves areas with important significance to First Nations. An Indian Reserve is situated at the extreme eastern tip of Catala Island. Access to this area is prohibited; please do not trespass on reserve lands.
- Conservation: Catala Island Park protects numerous reefs, sea caves, islands, islets, and marine ecosystems. Catala Island itself is forested with mature trees, twisted and stunted from the wind. A lake, bog area and unique spit can also be found in the park.