Homathko Estuary Provincial Park was established as a park in 1997. The primary purpose of this park is to protect the conservation values of a Pacific Coast estuary.
There are minimal recreational opportunities at this park due to difficult access and lack of facilities, although beach walking and exploring are possible during low tide, and there are a few opportunities to view wildlife. The park is known to be a popular location for grizzly bear. Hiking is not encouraged within the estuary.
There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park. There are no facilities in this park at all; it is a true wilderness situation. Due to the remoteness, paddlers should have a high degree of experience and competence, as well they should be completely self-sufficient.
Tidal water fishing opportunities are available.
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. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Pets/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.
Homathko Estuary Provincial Park lies 220 km northwest of Vancouver, at the head of Bute Inlet. There is boat access via Bute Inlet to Waddington Harbour; however, moorage facilities do not exist at this park and moorage near the park may be difficult due to extensive mud flats and shallow water.
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.