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Mitlenatch Island Nature Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
No pets are permitted on the island
No camping is permitted in this park
Access to the island is from the middle of Camp Bay or Northwest Bay, only
About This Park
The Pacific WildLife Foundation partnered with BC
Parks and the Mitlenatch Island Stewardship Team
(MIST) to create this captivating and informative
short video about Mitlenatch Island Nature Provincial
Park. Shot and edited by Mike McKinlay and narrated
by MIST volunteer Kate Rubin.
Mitlenatch, which means “calm waters all around” in the Coast Salish language, is a small rocky island that features semi-arid conditions caused by the island’s location in the “rain shadow” of Vancouver Island. The park receives less than 75 cm (30 inches) of rain each year – about half the Campbell River average. Rain-bearing clouds pass eastward from the Pacific Ocean and drop much of their moisture on Vancouver Island. As they descend across the Strait of Georgia, they warm and pick up new moisture, which will be dropped on the Coast Mountains of mainland British Columbia.
Accessible by boat only, Mitlenatch Island Nature Provincial Park offers excellent opportunities to observe and photograph wildflowers and birds. Visit in May when the island’s meadows of spring wildflowers are in bloom, or in late May to July when the harvest brodia blooms and in the last half of June when the coastal cactus bloom. Birders should approach the observation blind as a group, slowly and quietly, this may help to reduce the birds’ anxiety and allow you to observe their behaviour and “family life” more easily.
The island is a very sensitive ecosystem that is extremely prone to damage by visitors who venture off the designated trails. Pets are not permitted on the island.
Collecting of any kind is NOT permitted at Mitlenatch Island, including all shellfish.
Park Size: 155 hectares
Know Before You Go
|Please note: Harvesting or collecting of any kind, including shellfish gathering, is not permitted in the the park’s marine zone extending 300m around the island. The waters beyond Mitlenatch Island Provincial Park are designated a Rockfish Conservation Area. For more information regarding the Rockfish Conservation Area, please consult the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Tidal Area Regulations (DFO).|