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Sechelt Inlets Marine Park

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Marine-accessible camping

There are seven different camping areas with approximately 60 marine-accessible walk-in sites within the park. Camping is allowed year-round when accessible, but no facilities are provided. Campsites are accessible by kayak, canoe, sailboat, and power boats. Sites are generally gravel or grass. No facilities are provided. 

The seven camping areas are as follows.

Piper Point

Gravel beach. Small campsite with two or three tent spaces and one pit toilet. Fires permitted below high tide line. This is generally used as a day-use / picnic area.

Anchorage in the bay is poor when there is a Southeaster, or a “Small Craft Advisory”. Monitor the Coast Guard Radio Weather channel, listening for the Merry Island Light station report. Beware of local daily winds picking up in the Inlet

Halfway

This is one of the larger camping sites. 10 to 15 tents can be easily accommodated. It looks up towards the glacier in the distance at the head of Salmon Inlet. There is 1 pit toilet. This site has the advantage of the early morning sun reaching it first. There is one group fire ring. Fires are permitted, however, firewood is not provided. Water is available from a near by stream. A “boil water advisory” is in effect. This stream may dry as the end of summer approaches. This site has one of the nicer swimming beaches.

Anchorage in the bay is poor when there is a Southeaster, Westerly or a “Small Craft Advisory”. Monitor the Coast Guard Radio Weather channel, listening for the Merry Island Light station report. Beware of local daily winds picking up in the Inlet.

Kunechin Point

No potable water available, you must provide your own. No fires permitted. 1 pit toilet. 2 wooden tent pads. This site is heavily used and there is not much space for tents. Alternative campsites would be Nine mile, Halfway or Kunechin Bay. There is scuba diving at Chaudiere Artificial Reef.

Kunechin Bay

No potable water available, you must provide your own. Fires are permitted, however no firewood is provided. 2 small campsites available accommodating up to 4 tents.

There is 1 pit toilet. This is a good anchorage for power and sail boats. Consult Marine Charts for the location of submerged rocks in the bay approach with caution on entering the bay.

Kunechin Islets

No Camping, No Picnicking, No Fires

Anchorage in the bay is poor when there is a Southeaster, Westerly or a “Small Craft Advisory”. Monitor the Coast Guard Radio Weather channel, listening for the Merry Island Light station report. Beware of local daily winds picking up in the Inlet.

Thornhill Creek

Is difficult to reach, due to the wind conditions on Salmon Inlet. The inlet has steep sided rock faces, with limited opportunities to seek shelter from rough weather when approaching the Thornhill Creek site. It has 2 campsites, on hard packed gravel and grass. 1 pit toilet. There is a stream nearby however , a “Boil Water Advisory” is in effect. Fires are permitted although firewood is not provided. There is no beach. It is cobble stone and large rocks. This is not a protected anchorage for power boats.

Tzoonie

This is the furthest Park of the Sechelt Inlets Marine parks. This is a larger site and can accommodate up to 10 tents. There is one fire ring. Fires are permitted, however fire wood is not provided. There is 1 Pit toilet and a rope bear cache available.

There is a stream near by though it is difficult to find. As the end of the summer approaches the stream may dry up. It is recommended that you bring along your own water. There is a “boil water” advisory in effect. This is a sheltered anchorage for power and sail boats, however refer to Marine Charts for the location of submerged rocks, in the bay. Scuba diving is available.

Picnic areas
Boaters may use any of the 7 available sites for day-use.
Pit or flush toilets
This park has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Campfires

Campfires are permitted except at Kunchin Point where fires are prohibited. Fires must be kept to fire-rings if provided or below the high tide line on the beach. 

Use a gas stove for cooking. Campfires are only permitted in fire rings provided or on the beach below the high tide line. While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act ). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.

Swimming
Swimming is available in the ocean. There are no designated swimming areas and all beaches are rocky, gravel, or cobbles with barnacles. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Canoeing
This area is especially appealing to canoeists and kayakers. Many paddle-in sites are available. There are rentals nearby at Tillicum Bay and Sechelt.
Charts of the area are: # 3512 Strait of Georgia Central Portion and # 3514 Jervis Inlet including Sechelt Rapids.
Topo Map for this area: Sechelt Inlet 92G12
Wildlife viewing
Kunechin Islets are a sea bird and shore bird nesting site. This is also a seal haul out site. Seabird colonies are very sensitive to disturbance. Do not go ashore during nesting. Remain quiet and keep your distance from sunning seals and pups.
Pets on leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. 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
There are scuba diving or snorkelling opportunities in this park.