Tahsish-Kwois Provincial Park is located in Kyuquot Sound on northwestern Vancouver Island. The closest settlement to the park is the village of Kyuquot, which lies about 20 km to the west.
This rugged, isolated park is one of the largest parks on Vancouver Island and features old growth forest, two lakes, a scenic river canyon and river valleys. The south end of the park encircles the Tahsish River Ecological Reserve, with the river portion of the ecological reserve providing the primary access into the park.
Accessible primarily by boat, this park offers outstanding wilderness recreation opportunities, including wildlife viewing, old-growth forest exploration, backcountry hiking and camping, nature study and fresh water fishing. Tahsish-Kwois also contains one of the most important Roosevelt elk winter ranges on Vancouver Island. Bald eagles are common year-round, particularly during salmon runs.
There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Fishing is permitted (as per provincial and federal fishing regulations) up the Tahsish and Kwois rivers however these areas are difficult to access. Both rivers are home to coho, Chinook, chum and pink salmon as well as three species of trout and Char. Fly fishing is the most popular method of angling in this area. 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.
Portions of this park are open to hunting for specific species. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations and Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.
NOTE: Hunting is prohibited in all British Columbia Ecological Reserves.
Tahsish-Kwois Park is located approximately 40 km south of Port McNeill and 20 km east of the village of Kyuquot on northern Vancouver Island. Access to the park is primarily by boat up the mouth of Tahsish Inlet. Boaters can reference marine chart # 3682 (Kyuquot Sound) for more information on this area.
Vehicles can reach the shore of Kyuquot Sound at either Fair Harbour or Artlish River by way of roads to Zeballos. The park can also be entered on foot at its eastern boundary via a logging road that branches from the road to Zeballos. Travel in the park is restricted to boating or walking.
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.