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Mquqᵂin / Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park
About This Park
Explorer Captain Cook called Brooks Peninsula, located on northwest Vancouver Island, the “cape of storms”, however this provincial park also offers shelter, sandy beaches and a world-class wilderness experience to visitors.
On July 13, 2009 an agreement was reached between British Columbia and the Che:k’tles7et’h’ peoples to rename Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park to Mquqᵂin / Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park. The dual name celebrates the First Nations’ connection with the history and culture of the park. The word Mquqᵂin means “The Queen” in the Nuu-Chah-Nulth language.
The park also falls within the boundaries of the Quatsino First Nation, who support the renaming plan. This area is spiritually significant to these First Nations, and has long served as the traditional hunting and fishing grounds for the Che:k’tles7et’h’ peoples.
The unique geography of Brooks Peninsula offers everything from inter-tidal marine life to a sub-alpine mountain environment. This peninsula is distinctive in that it is the only part of Vancouver Island unaffected by the last ice age. Today, this coastal glacial refugium is home to a variety of rare plant species and unique geologic formations, providing unparalleled opportunities for scientific study.
Recreational opportunities include hiking, kayaking, boating and wildlife viewing. Visitors can see a variety of marine mammals in the area, including Gray whales, sea lions and sea otters. Seabirds, including Rhinoceros auklets and Marbled Murrelets, are found in abundance in this park, which features miles of remote, uninhabited sandy beaches and an old growth coastal rain forest.
Access to the adjacent Ecological Reserve on Solander Island is prohibited.
Established Date: December 10, 1986
Park Size: 39,936 hectares (36,005 hectares of upland and 3,931 hectares of foreshore)
Know Before You Go
- Water for human consumption may be difficult to locate in Mquqᵂin / Brooks Peninsula, therefore It is recommended that you bring enough for your needs. Any surface water you may find must be well-boiled, filtered or treated prior to drinking.
- This park does not have a boat launch. The nearest boat launch is at Fair Harbour. Sheltered anchorages are also available in Nasparti and Ououkinsh Inlet in the southern part of the park. In the northern portion of the park, sheltered anchorages can be found in Brooks Bay and Klaskish Inlet.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage: The park is located within the traditional territory of the Kyuquot/Checleset and Quatsino First Nation peoples. Battle Bay in the southern portion of the park is rich in First Nations cultural history. Many battles were fought at this location in order to retain control of this prosperous area. First Nations reserves located adjacent to the southern portion of Mquqᵂin / Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park are not for recreational use. Visitors are encouraged to contact the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nation office in Kyuquot prior to exploring Brooks Peninsula.
- Conservation: As a result of land-use planning for Vancouver Island, this former 28,780 hectare recreation area (established in 1986) was upgraded in 1995 to a Class ‘A’ Provincial Park. In addition to this upgrade, 22,851 hectares known as the Brooks-Nasparti area, has been added to the park. The Brooks-Nasparti addition encompasses the entire watershed of the Nasparti River and streams draining into Johnson Lagoon, the west-facing slopes along Nasparti Inlet, the Power River and Battle Creek watersheds and the Mount Seaton area. The park preserves the peninsula’s pristine wilderness landscape, which contains representative natural features of the West Vancouver Island Mountains landscape and Coastal Western Hemlock biogeoclimatic zone.
- Management Planning Information
- The management plan for Mquqᵂin/Brooks Peninsula Park was approved in August 2016.
Activities Available at this Park
The waters around Mquqᵂin / Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park offer world-class kayaking and canoeing. Opportunities for relatively sheltered paddling exist from Columbia Cove east to Nasparti and Ououkinsh Inlets and Johnson Lagoon. Paddlers wishing to explore Johnson Lagoon should be very aware of tidal fluctuations and dangerous currents around the mouth of the lagoon. These areas of the park are more suitable for beginner to intermediate kayakers.
For the more adventurous ocean kayaker, journeys around Brooks Peninsula are possible.
Paddlers should take the ebb and flow of tides into consideration and be prepared for heavy fog at any time. Most kayakers launch from Fair Harbour, though the use of water taxis is becoming more and more popular as a method of quickly reaching the park. These can be found in Kyuquot and Zeballos.
Salt water fishing is popular in this park, particularly for salmon, rockfish and halibut. Power Lake, accessed via Ououkinsh Inlet, offers opportunities for fresh water fishing.
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.
There is a primitive trail from Columbia Cove to the most easterly beach on the south coast of the peninsula, which takes an average of 20 minutes to hike. From this beach more adventurous explorers can link a series of high tide routes between headlands – these will eventually end up near the westerly tip of the peninsula. An additional hiking route can be found near the top end of Ououkinsh Inlet, up the lower Power River to Power Lake.
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.