God’s Pocket Marine Provincial Park provides some of the best underwater scuba diving on the Pacific Coast. Most diving takes place in nearby Browning Pass, an area rated by the late underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau as one of the best cold water diving destinations in the world. Conditions can be difficult however, so all divers should be experienced and well-equipped.
This undeveloped park is comprised of a group of islands at the entrance to Queen Charlotte Strait, including Hurst, Bell, Boyle, Crane Islands, and numerous smaller islets. These islands provide sheltered anchorage for boats heading north or south in Queen Charlotte Strait.
In addition to diving, the park offers opportunities for fishing, boating and wildlife viewing. Bald eagles and whales are common sights in the park, which protects a seabird breeding colony and Bald eagle habitat.
Park Size: 2,036 hectares (550 ha of upland and 1486 ha of foreshore)
Boaters should be aware of winter storms and use caution in the area, as weather and sea conditions can change rapidly in this park.
This park has no facilities or designated campsites. When choosing a camping location, please take into consideration potential hazards such as tree/limb failure, winds, and tides/high water.
Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park. All surface water should be boiled, treated and filtered prior to consumption.
Please use portable stoves for cooking. There are no campfire pits in the park. If you require a fire for emergency reasons, please keep it as small as possible and limit it to established fire sites or to spots situated below the high tide mark. use only small, downed wood that will burn completely.
There are no developed trails or designated swimming areas in the park.
The nearest boat launch is located in Port Hardy.
There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No fee is charged and no facilities are provided. Please practice “ Leave No Trace” camping ethics. This park is open year-round. There is no fee for winter camping.
Good fishing for salmon, halibut and rock fish can be had in this park. 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.
Portions of this park are open to hunting for specific species. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations and Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.
God’s Pocket Marine Provincial Park is located on the north side of Goletas Channel approximately 10 km northwest of Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island. The park can be accessed by boat or float plane (to a lodge nearby) from Port Hardy. Boaters can reference marine chart #3549 (Queen Charlotte Strait western section) for more information on this area.
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.