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Marine-accessible camping

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.

Winter camping

Gibson Marine Park is accessible year-round. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics. 

There are currently no BC Parks fees to camp within Gibson Marine Park. 

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Campfires
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 use small pieces of wood that will burn completely. Build your fires below the high tide mark. and do not burn live wood, burn drift wood instead. Never build fires next to or near beach logs, this could lead to a forest fire. Never leave your fire unattended and practice “ Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Pit or flush toilets
A pit toilet is located at the most easterly beach in the park.
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Hiking

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 info@wildsidetrail.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.

Swimming
There is no designated swimming area, however there are opportunities for ocean swimming in this park. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Canoeing
There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
Kayaking

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.

Fishing

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.

Pets on leash

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.

Hunting

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.