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Wilderness camping

Wilderness camping is allowed but no facilities are provided. All sites are on a first come, first served basis.

Winter camping
There are winter camping opportunities in this conservancy, as it can be accessed year-round.
Firewood is not provided. If you must have a fire, please burn only dead and down wood, and be sure to fully extinguish the fire when done. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil so please use it conservatively, if at all. We encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of campfires and using camp stoves instead. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented during extremely hot weather conditions.
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Swimming is possible in the ocean, but the water is cold all year-round. There are no lifeguards on duty in the conservancy.
Adventurous and experienced canoeists or kayakers may enjoy exploring the inlets, bays and shorelines in this conservancy.

Adventurous and experienced canoeists or kayakers may enjoy exploring the inlets, bays and shorelines in this conservancy.


There are opportunities to fish for trout, char and salmon in the streams and lakes of this conservancy. Please consult the appropriate non-tidal fishing regulations for more information. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license.

Wildlife viewing

Black bears, wolves, waterfowl, eagles, spawning salmon and the occasional deer can be seen in the conservancy. Humpback whales, killer whales, Dall’s porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions and harbour seals can also be seen in the adjacent marine waters.

This conservancy protects a population and habitat of Kermode bears. The Kermode bear, also known as the “spirit bear”, is a subspecies of the American black bear living in the central and north coast of British Columbia and noted for about 1/10 of their population having white or cream-colored fur. This colour variant is due to a unique recessive trait in their gene pool. They are neither albino nor related to polar bears. The Kermode bear was named after Francis Kermode, former director of the Royal B.C. Museum who researched the species.

Because of their ghost-like appearance, “spirit bear” hold a prominent place in the First Nations mythology of the area and is known to them as Moksgm’ol. During the February 2006 Throne Speech by the Government of British Columbia, the Kermode bear was designated as British Columbia’s official mammal.

Pets on leash

Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.

Scuba diving
It is possible to scuba dive or snorkel in the conservancy. The water clarity is best during winter and spring.

This Conservancy is open to hunting during lawful hunting seasons. For Kermode Bear gene protection, all Black Bear hunting is closed within 1 km of the Whalen Creek Estuary near the northwest end of Princess Royal Island. Please check the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.