In This Park

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Simson Provincial Park

About This Park

Shuswap Lake Provincial Park

This park is a dry island in Georgia Strait and has a rocky coastline and small bays. The forested upland and pebble beach are backed by impressive Spyglass Hill. While exploring the island you can view the old homestead rock walls and orchards.

Simson Park is accessible by boat, only, has limited anchorage for large boats, and there are no facilities in the park.

Special Features

There is a wetland area with a beaver pond that is easily accessed from Farm Bay.

Location

This park is located on South Thormanby Island close to Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast. Access is only by boat from Halfmoon Bay.

Maps and Brochures

Nature and Culture

  • History: This park is named after the family of Vancouver pioneer Calvert Simson, whose family donated the land.

Management Planning

Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There is some good canoeing and kayaking when weather permits. Paddlers can access paddle-in sites. There are rentals available at Halfmoon Bay and Sechelt. Please respect private property.

Charts and 1:50,000 Topo Maps:

  • ...# 3512 Strait of Georgia Central Portion
  • ...# 3535 Plans Malaspina Strait including Welcome Passage,
  • ...Secret Cove & Smuggler Cove, Pender Harbour Topo Maps:
  • ... Sechelt Inlet 92G12 & Sechelt 92G5
Fishing

Fishing

Saltwater/ocean fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Hiking

Hiking

There are no developed hiking trails; however, there are old skidder roads that criss cross the park. Care must be taken as these are not marked. Please Respect Private Property.

Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. Check with Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis for regulations.

Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.

Swimming

Swimming

Ocean swimming available. The beaches are rocky, gravel and cobbles with barnacles. All the bays have a south, southeast exposure and are subject to Small Craft Warnings. Take care as there is little protection from the winds and waves. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

Facilities Available at this Park

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Rustic, marine-accessible camping is available at this park at Farm Bay and Pebbly Beach. No facilities are provided.