This conservancy is located on the west side of Gil Island along Squally Channel. MacDonald Bay is a snug, sheltered anchorage that is ideally situated for small boats heading for the outer coast, and is a registered boat haven. It consists of a narrow river-like entrance channel that opens into two small bays. Local boaters and fishermen commonly stop and anchor up in the bay overnight. Fresh water can be obtained from streams that enter into the bay.
Conservancy Size:482 ha
Wilderness camping is allowed. Reservations are not accepted at this conservancy and all sites and facilities are on a first-come, first-served basis.
There may be opportunities to fish for trout or salmon in the creek that enters the bay at the east end of the conservancy. Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license.
This Conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons. Please check the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopis for more information.
MacDonald Bay is only accessible by boat and is located about 25 km south of Hartley Bay and 105 km southwest of Kitimat. It is located on the west side of Gil Island, south of Blackrock Point and on the east side of Squally Channel.
Kitimat Visitor Information Centre:
PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
phone: 250-632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554
The conservancy is in the asserted traditional territories of the Gitga’at and Gitxaala First Nations. Use the below link for more information or to contact these First Nations.
The conservancy protects a popular small bay that is used for safe boat anchorage, fishing, and camping. It also protects some small coastal lakes, streams and coastal wildlife habitat that include marine foreshore and intertidal areas.
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.