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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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Visitor Information Bring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park.

Catala Island Marine Provincial Park

About This Park

Catala Island Marine Provincial Park Sea kayaking, boating and wilderness camping are the main attractions for visitors to Catala Island Marine Provincial Park, located in Esperanza Inlet on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, between Nootka Sound and Kyuquot Sound.

The park encompasses numerous reefs, islets and marine ecosystems as well as a lake, bog area and rugged shoreline, all of which provide ample opportunities for exploration. Rustic trails lead to the lake and bog in the center of the island, which features tall trees twisted by the fierce winds coming off the Pacific Ocean. This forest forms a ragged backdrop to the island’s smooth, sandy beaches.

The Rolling Roadstead anchorage of Catala Island is good in calm weather, but when the winds pick up boaters here will be subjected to a constant and steady swell from the Pacific. Nearby Queen Cove off Esperanza Inlet on Vancouver Island provides more sheltered overnight anchorage.

Access to the park is by boat from the towns of Tahsis and Zeballos. Kayakers wishing to explore this remote region can book space for themselves and their kayak aboard the MV Uchuck lll, departing from Gold River and Tahsis. The vessel will unload kayakers into the scenic area of Catala Island en route to its scheduled stop at Kyuquot in Kyuquot Sound.

Date Established: July 12, 1995

Park Size: 955 ha (259 ha upland, 696 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. Catala Island is located in Esperanza Inlet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Access is gained via kayak or power boat. The closest boat launch is in Zeballos, although Tahsis and Gold River are also used. A water taxi service is available from these communities, which will transport visitors and kayaks to the Island. Boaters can reference marine chart #3662 and #3663 for more information about 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: This park involves areas with important significance to First Nations. An Indian Reserve is situated at the extreme eastern tip of Catala Island. Access to this area is prohibited; please do not trespass on reserve lands.
  • Conservation: Catala Island Park protects numerous reefs, sea caves, islands, islets, and marine ecosystems. Catala Island itself is forested with mature trees, twisted and stunted from the wind. A lake, bog area and unique spit can also be found in the park.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park for more experienced paddlers. Little Espinosa Inlet on Vancouver Island (located on the road to Fair Harbour from Zeballos) is the nearest put in point for kayakers. Paddlers should be aware of exposed west coast paddling dangers, such as high winds, tidal currents and exposed rocks. Kayakers wishing to explore this remote region can book space for themselves and their kayak aboard the MV Uchuck lll, departing from Gold River and Tahsis. The vessel will unload kayakers into the scenic area of Catala Island en route to its scheduled stop at Kyuquot in Kyuquot Sound.
Fishing

Fishing

There are opportunities for salt water fishing within this park; species include a variety of salmon and rockfish. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. 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.
Hunting

Hunting

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.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be under control 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.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

This area offers excellent cold water scuba diving opportunities. Special features include reefs and sea caves.
Swimming

Swimming

There is ocean swimming. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Visitors to Catala Island Provincial Marine Park are likely to spot a variety of marine life, including Grey whales, killer whales, seals, sea lions and sea otters, as well as waterfowl, Bald eagles, black bears, wolves and deer.
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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.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park has 1 pit toilet, located near the camping area on the peninsula at Rolling Roadstead.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. There is one wilderness, user-maintained beach camping area on the peninsula at Rolling Roadstead. A pit toilet is located at this location. Other good camping areas can be found in the vicinity of the Twin Islands. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics. This park is accessible year round; there is no winter camping fee.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. There is one wilderness, user-maintained beach camping area on the peninsula at Rolling Roadstead. A pit toilet is located at this location. Other good camping areas can be found in the vicinity of the Twin Islands. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics. This park is accessible year round; there is no winter camping fee.