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Wilderness camping

There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided and there is no fee. Hesquiat Peninsula is accessible year-round. There is no winter camping fee at this time. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.

Winter camping

Hesquiat Peninsula is accessible year-round. There is no winter camping fee at this time. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.


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.

 Never build fires next to or near beach logs. Never leave your fire unattended and practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.

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There are no developed trails at this park, but coastal hiking opportunities do exist, and a number of hardy souls hike from the top of the peninsula (Escalante Point) to Boat Basin every summer. This coastal route is along the beaches and over rocks, crossing creeks and deep surge channels along the way. There are also several Indian Reserves to pass through. 

For your own safety and the preservation of the park keep to previously used paths if possible. Shortcutting destroys plant life and soil structure.

There is no designated swimming area at this park, however swimming opportunities do exist. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

Kayaking along the shores of the exposed Hesquiat Peninsula is recommended for experienced paddlers only. Most of the kayaking is done within Hesquiat Harbour. Kayakers can launch at the First Street Dock in Tofino. Charter boats can also be hired to transport kayaks to this area. Due to the park’s exposure, 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
Rockfish Conservation Areas occur within this park. Fishing activities are limited in Rockfish Conservation Areas. Before you go fishing please refer to the Rockfish Conservation Area descriptions available from Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO.

Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour, and must pack out and 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, cougars, and wolves.


Hesquiat Peninsula Park is a popular destination for surfers. Tour companies offer surf trips from Tahsis and Tofino.


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