Cetan/Thurston Bay Conservancy was designated in 2007 and is adjacent to Thurston Bay Marine Park. It is located on the northwest side of Sonora Island in Johnstone Strait. Cetan/Thurston Bay Conservancy connects the two seperate portions of Thurston Bay Marine Park and provides additional sheltered anchorage and recreational opportunities for boaters traveling the popular Inside Passage.
Access to the Conservancy is by boat, kayak or canoe only. There are no developed facilities in the Conservancy, although random camping is allowed. Visitors can go swimming, fishing, hiking or paddling, or explore the small, pretty beaches dotting the rocky shoreline. An unmaintained trail leads to Florence Lake, ideal for peaceful swimming, fishing and paddling.
Location: Cetan/Thurston Bay Conservancy is located on the northwest side of Sonora Island, in Johnstone Strait off the east coast of central Vancouver Island. This park is accessible by boat only. Boaters can reference marine chart #3539 and #3543 from more information on this area.
The closest city is Campbell River which is about one hour away by water taxi.
Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.
Activities Available at this Conservancy
There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this Conservancy. Kayakers can explore Cameleon Harbour, Handfield Bay, Block Island and Anchorage Lagoon, as well as a number of other interesting islets and coves in and around Cetan Thurston Bay Conservancy and Thurston Bay Park. Paddlers can also head to Florence Lake.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate license. Various species of salmon and rock fish can be found in the waters around Thurston Bay. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. 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 DFO. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
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. Trail Information: There are no developed trails at this park.
Cetan/Thurston Bay Conservancy is open to hunting for waterfowl only. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations and Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.
There are SCUBA diving opportunities in the park.
Ocean swimming. There is no designated swimming area at Cetan/Thurston Bay Conservancy.
Facilities Available at this Conservancy
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”.
Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. There are no designated campsites at this Conservany, however random wilderness kayak or canoe camping is allowed. No facilities are provided and there is no fee. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics. This Conservancy is accessible year-round; there is no winter camping fee.