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Plumper Cove Marine Park


Total number of campsites
Total boat-accessible sites: 20
Marine-accessible camping

This park does not have a boat launch. There are eight mooring buoys and six dock mooring slips. A rocky patch at a depth of about 0.5 metres below chart datum is situated about 25 metres off the end of the central mooring float. There is no garbage service.

The campsites are marine access only. There are 20 packed dirt and gravel campsites. Facilites include four pit toilets and a drinking water handpump.

Park visitors may access these sites by ferry and hiking in. The island is serviced by BC Ferries from the Langdale terminal to Keats Landing. From the wharf at Keats Landing, follow the gravel road past Keats Camp towards Eastbourne until you reach an older BC Hydro buiding.

There is a small trailhead just past the building. Follow the yellow markers to the marine park. The hike is along a well established 3 kilometre trail leading northwards to the park. With minimal gear, this hike takes approximately forty minutes. Please respect all private landowner signage. There is no garbage service therefore you must pack out your own garbage. 

Walk/Cycle-in Frontcountry Camping Fee: $16.00 per party / night
Dock Facilities Use Fee: $2.00 per metre / night
Mooring (to buoy) Fee: $12.00 per vessel / night
Winter camping
Winter camping is permitted in this park, but campsites have limited services. Water handpump is not available in winter months (mid September to mid May), so visitors must bring their own water.
Picnic areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area. There are pit toilets available. There are no covered shelters or change houses. There is a grassy area. Most picnic tables have barbeque attachments, bring your own briquettes. Dogs are permitted on the beach but must be on a leash. Group picnic site reservations are accepted at this park. 

Group Picnicking Fee: $50.00 per group
Pit or flush toilets
This park has two pit toilets in the campground and two in the day-use area.

Firewood can be purchased from the park operator in some parks or you can bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, collection of wood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park including the foreshore is prohibited. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.

There is a 3-kilometre trail that leads to the Keats Landing foot ferry terminal and a one kilometre loop trail around the park. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
There is ocean swimming available. The water is cold and there are no roped off swimming areas. The beach is mostly pebbles with some sandy areas. Be aware of changing tides. This area is very busy with power boats. Swimming / diving from the wharf is not permitted. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park. Kayakers will often access this park from Horseshoe Bay and the Sunshine Coast. There is kayak/canoe accessed camping. The nearest kayak/canoe rentals are in Gibsons.

Tidal water fishing is available. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Pets on leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must 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.

Cycling is permitted on trails. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Plumper Cove Marine Provincial Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.

Winter recreation
Winter camping is permitted in this park, but campsites have limited services.