Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF 79KB].
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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Visitor Information There is no boat launch in the park. The nearest boat launches are at Fair Harbour and Artlish.

Boaters should be aware of exposed and submerged rocks, which make navigation a challenge in the Checleset Bay area.

Big Bunsby Marine Provincial Park

About This Park

Big Bunsby Provincial Park Big Bunsby Marine Provincial Park was established to focus recreation use away from the adjacent Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve, located on the west side of Gay Passage. Accessible only by boat, this marine park offers sheltered anchorages and excellent sea kayaking opportunities. Big Bunsby, the largest of the Bunsby group of islands, is also a good place for nature viewing—gray whales, Bald eagles and the endangered sea otter all reside in the area.

Low tides create tide pools that offer great opportunities for visitors to observe the local inter-tidal marine life. Please look but do not touch when viewing this sensitive environment.

Although there are no developed campsites at this park, boaters and kayakers seeking a wilderness experience will find plenty of places to set up camp on Big Bunsby.

Park Size: 658 ha (269 ha upland, 389 ha foreshore)
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. The park is situated on the west coast of northern Vancouver Island, about 30 km southwest of Port Alice. Access is by boat only. The most popular way to reach this park is via Kyuquot Sound. The nearest boat launches are at Fair Harbour, approximately 1 hour past Zeballos, and Artlish, approximately 1.5 hours past the Zeballos turnoff on Hwy 19. Boaters can reference marine chart #3682 (Kyuquot Sound) and #3683 (Checleset Bay) for more information on this area.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

  • Cultural Heritage - The park is located with the traditional territory of the Kyuquot/Checleset First Nation peoples. First Nations reserves located within the Bunsby Islands are not for recreational use. Visitors are encouraged to contact the Kyuquot/Checleset First Nation band office in Kyuquot prior to exploring the Bunsby Islands.
  • Wildlife - The area is home to the rare sea otter.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

World-class kayaking and canoeing opportunities exist around the Bunsby Islands in the Checleset Bay Area. Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park is within a day's paddle of Big Bunsby. The sheltered waters around the park make the area an excellent place to sea kayak or canoe.

Sea otters, gray whales, sea lions, seals and marine birds are common sights for kayakers paddling around this unspoiled wilderness. Although the Bunsby Islands are relatively sheltered, the access from Kyuquot to the Islands is exposed to rough seas and extreme weather conditions at times. Kayakers should be aware that winds can pick up quickly in this area, as can rough water, and should always practice caution. Kayakers should always take the ebb and flow of tides into consideration and be prepared for heavy fog at any time.

Most kayakers launch from Fair Harbour, although the use of water taxis is becoming more and more popular as a method of quickly reaching the park. Water taxis can be found in Kyuquot and Zeballos.
Fishing

Fishing

Salt water fishing is extremely popular in this marine park, particularly for salmon, although rock fish and halibut can also be caught. 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.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash 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.
Swimming

Swimming

There is no designated swimming area at Big Bunsby Provincial Park. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. Any ocean swimming will be cold.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

Campfires

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.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

There are no developed campsites at this time;, however, visitors will be able to find user-created areas to camp throughout the park. There is no fee for wilderness camping. This park is accessible year round; there is no fee for winter camping.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

This park is accessible year round; there is no fee for winter camping.