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Marine-accessible camping

There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities other than a pit toilet are provided. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics. Flores Island is accessible year-round. There is no winter camping fee at this time.

Winter camping

Flores Island is accessible year-round. There is no winter camping fee at this time.

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While small fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. If you do have a fire please use small pieces of wood that will burn completely and keep the fire below the high tide mark. Never build your fire near the beach log piles as the fire could ignite the logs and get out of control. Do not leave your fire unattended and practice “Leave No Trace”.

Pit or flush toilets
One pit toilet is located at the Cow Bay end of the park.
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This park has a trail called the “Walk the Wild Side” trail. This route extends 10 km from Ahousat to Cow Bay and most of the route follows sandy beaches. Trails cut across headlands to join with the next beach. At this time, muddy and slippery sections are present on this route. 

The trail is best accessed from the village of Ahousaht. Water taxis to Ahousaht generally depart from the 1st Street dock in Tofino. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.

Please note: Hiking to Mt. Flores is not recommended. The old route to Mt. Flores is not marked, very rough, and difficult to locate. 

There is no designated swimming area in this park, however opportunities exist for swimming on the park’s sandy beaches. There are no lifeguards on duty in this park.

People come from around the world to kayak and camp in remote Clayoquot Sound and enjoy the sandy beaches, scenery and wildlife. The beaches of Flores Island are a very popular kayaking and camping spot. International and local eco-tourism companies offer trips into this area, and kayak rentals are available in Tofino. Canoeing is not recommended.


The waters of Clayoquot Sound may contain a variety of fish species, including salmon, rockfish, halibut and lingcod. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing

Gray whales can be encountered at any time during the summer, particularly in Cow Bay. This park also offers opportunities to view seals, sea lions, Bald eagles and a variety of seabirds.

Note: Please abide to current Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Marine Viewing Guidelines when viewing marine wildlife in BC Parks.

Pets on leash

Pets and 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 wolves, bears and cougars.

There have been incidents involving wolves killing dogs in this park. BC Parks is strongly advising park visitors to not bring their dogs to the park.


Portions of this park are open to hunting for specific species. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to current printed Hunting and Trapping Regulations and Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.