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Wilderness camping

There are no designated campsites at this park, however wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.

Winter camping

This park is accessible year-round. There is no winter camping fee.

While small fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. If you do have a fire, please utilize previously constructed fire rings and use small pieces of wood that will burn completely. If you can’t find a previously used site, try to construct your fire rings below the high tide mark. Never leave your fire unattended and practice “ Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
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There are no developed trails at this park aside from a short, rough route to Jewitt Lake from the beach at Santa Gertrudis Cove, at the south end of the park.

The protected waters of Nootka Sound make for excellent paddling opportunities. Santa Gertrudis – Boca del Infierno is a popular destination for paddlers, who are likely to catch glimpses of a variety of marine mammals and waterfowl as they make their way through Nootka Sound. Paddlers can set in at boat launches in Nootka Sound. Tuta Marina and Cougar Creek are the most accessible boat launches for paddlers.

A kayak operator on nearby Bligh Island offers rentals, tours and accommodations. A number of commercial kayak operators in the area and on Vancouver Island also offer services to the park.


Nootka Sound is one of the more popular saltwater sports fishing destinations on the west coast of Vancouver Island. There are opportunities to catch chinook, coho, chum and pink salmon and a variety of rockfish in these waters. Numerous float lodges and camps in Nootka Sound offer fishing and eco-tourism opportunities.

Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing

Visitors to Nootka Sound are likely to spot a variety of marine life, including gray whales, killer whales, seals, sea lions and sea otters, as well as waterfowl, bald eagles, black bears, wolves and deer. 

This park contains a unique natural feature, which is a reversing tidal rapids at Boca del Infierno Bay at the northeast corner of the park.

Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be under control 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.

Scuba diving
The waters of Nootka Sound offer excellent cold water scuba diving opportunities.

Portions of this park may open to hunting for specific species. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.