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Mansons Landing Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
- There have been recent wolf sightings in and adjacent to this park. These wolves could become habituated and pose a risk to park visitors if provided food and not discouraged from approaching humans.
Please read the wolf safety guidelines.
About This Park
Mansons Landing Provincial Park was established in 1974 to expand the diversity of marine park experiences in the northern Gulf Islands archipelago. Located on Cortes Island, this beautiful park fronts the water on both Hague Lake and Manson Bay.
Recreational opportunities include fresh water swimming in Hague Lake, and marine wildlife viewing in Mansons Lagoon. Camping is not permitted at this park, however camping is available at nearby Smelt Bay Provincial Park.
Hague Lake has 2 pit toilets, an information shelter, sandy beach and a small parking area. Both areas can be accessed from Seaford Road on Cortes Island. A rough trail, approximately 1 km long, links the two day-use areas.
Park Size: 100 hectares (47 ha upland, 53 ha foreshore)
Date Established: March 21, 1974
Know Before You Go
- Bring your own drinking water; potable water is not available in the park.
Location and Maps
Located on the west side of Cortes Island, this park is accessible by boat and by car ferry from Campbell River via Quadra Island. Ferry service is offered by BC Ferries; sailing times are approximately 15 minutes from Campbell River to Quadra Island, and 45 minutes from Quadra to Cortes. The park can be reached via Seaford Road on Cortes Island.
The park can also be accessed by private boat, which can moor at the adjacent federal government wharf (space permitting).
Nearby communities include: Whaletown, Squirrel Cove, Cortes Bay and Smelt Bay.
Nature and Culture
- History: Mansons Landing is the sixth park designated in the northern Gulf Islands. It was established in 1974.
- Cultural Heritage: The park lies within the asserted traditional territory of First Nations. Early explorers included Galiano and Valdes, who named Cortes Island after Hernando Cortes, the conqueror of Mexico.
In 1880, Michael Manson, an immigrant from Scotland established a trading post in the present park area to trade with First Nations and provide supplies to a slowly developing logging and fishing industry. A small general store was built on the trading post site but was moved in 1995 to a site adjacent to the community centre. This site now functions as a museum.
- Conservation: The natural features of the park, including Hague Lake, the sand spit and the lagoon, add significantly to the natural integrity of the island community.
All salmon species are found offshore and Hague Lake contains some Cutthroat trout. The lagoon provides opportunities to view oysters, clams, crabs, moon snails and nudibranches. Dominant trees include Douglas fir, Western red cedar, Arbutus, shore pine, red alder and broadleaf maple.
- Wildlife: Wildlife is transient and present only on occasion, the exceptions being red squirrels and ravens. Columbia blacktail deer, although not resident to the park are frequently seen.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Portions of Mansons Lagoon, including the sand spit, are accessible to wheelchairs.