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Wallace Island Marine Park


Marine-accessible camping

Wallace Island Marine Park has three designated walk-in camping areas that are accessible only by boat. These are:

  • Conover Cove: approximately eight open field sites
  • Chivers Point: nine tent pad sites
  • Cabin Bay: one camping area with three tent pad sites

Chivers Point and Cabin Bay are ideal for kayak camping. 

Please practice Leave No Trace camping ethics. Garbage facilities are not provided; visitors must pack out all of their garbage.

Please ensure you camp and hike in designated areas. Human disturbance of the vegetation leads to erosion of the sensitive shoreline and the potential destruction of archeological sites.

Camping fees and registration

Fees for overnight camping apply year-round.

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.

Fees are also payable at self-registration vaults.

Picnic areas

A picnic shelter and open grass fields offer day-use opportunities at Conover Cove.

Docking facilities are located at Conover Cove, as well as stern tie rings at both Conover Cove and Princess Cove. Anchorage is available in Conover Cove and Princess Cove. When anchoring, please ensure you are not blocking stern tie rings or access to and from the docks. The entrance to Conover Cove is shallow at low tide and care must be exercised to avoid grounding. Boaters should not tie up at the portion of the dock reserved for BC Parks staff. 

Dock facilities use fee: $2.00 per metre / night
Pit or flush toilets
Pit toilets are located at Conover Cove and Chivers Point.

A series of fairly flat, well-maintained walking/hiking trails travel throughout the park, providing views of the folded rock formations that compose the island. Head south to Panther Point, named after the Panther, a ship that ran aground here in 1874. A trail also leads partway out to the point at Princess Cove, as well as one that leads to Chivers Point at the northwest end of the park. An information shelter at the head of the wharf at Conover Cove offers more details on walking routes.

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.


Wallace Island Marine Park is a popular stopover and destination point for paddlers. Paddlers can launch from Saltspring Island, Galiano Island and a number of other Vancouver Island locations, including Duncan and Ladysmith. Be prepared for potentially strong currents and unpredictable weather in this area.


The park is surrounded by ocean waters and provides saltwater fishing opportunities, subject to periodic closures.

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 (DFO).

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 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.