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Backcountry camping

Backcountry (beach) and hike-in camping is allowed, but no facilities other than simple pit toilets and food caches are provided. 

This park is accessible year-round. Fees are only collected from May 1 to September 30 when backcountry services are provided. Please practice Leave No Trace camping ethics.

Backcountry camping fee: $5 per person per night (age 6+)

The BC Parks backcountry permit registration service allows you to purchase a backcountry camping permit before leaving home. Although this does not reserve a campsite, it provides the convenience of prepaying for your trip and not having to carry cash. We encourage all visitors to register online so we can reduce the need to collect fees in the field.

Winter camping

Winter camping is available in this park. Keep in mind there are no fees and no services.

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While fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. If you must use a campfire, please practice “ Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Pit or flush toilets

There are two open-air pit toilets available at the main beach.

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The trail from the parking lot in to the main beach is approximately 2 km long and takes on average 40 minutes. This trail has some challenging sections and is extremely muddy in areas. It receives minimal or no maintenance. At the end of the trail you will find yourself at the northwest end of the main beach, which stretches more than 2 km to the mouth of the Macjack River. 

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 no designated swimming area at this park. There are no lifeguards on duty.


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. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing

Raft Cove offers visitors spectacular views of a rugged west coast beach environment. The park’s exposure and impressive waves make it a great place for storm watching. Visitors may also spot a variety of wildlife in the area, including black bears, cougars and wolves. Raft Cove has an estuary at the mouth of the Macjack River, which offers visitors the chance to see river otters and waterfowl.

Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash and under control 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 the potential for problems with bears and other wildlife. Pet owners should ensure their dogs do not enter streams used for drinking water as they can be carriers of Giardia. Please water your pet well away from drinking water sources.

The ocean currents are too rough for windsurfing opportunities but board-surfing at Raft Cove is becoming increasingly popular with surfers trying to find new surfing challenges and opportunities. The remoteness of this park, along with good waves, makes it a great place to surf without a lot of other people.
Scuba diving
There are scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities for self-equipped parties. There are no scuba rentals available in the park.