A campsite consisting of three tent platforms is located on the easterly end of the park near the sand dunes and pit toilet. Random wilderness camping is also allowed but please use the pit toilet when possible. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Gibson Marine Park is accessible year-round and there are no fees.
Gibson Marine, immediately south of the Nuu-chah-nulth community of Ahousaht, also provides access to the “Walk the Wild Side” route, a rustic route that extends 10 km from Ahousaht to Cow Bay.
Most of the route follows sandy beaches and 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 more information or to purchase permits to hike the Walk the Wildside Trail, please contact the administration office at email@example.com or call 1-250-670-6803.
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.
There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
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.
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with wolves, bears and cougars. 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.
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 Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.