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].
Clayoquot Arm Provincial Park
About This ParkLocated on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Clayoquot Arm Provincial Park encompasses the lower Clayoquot River, Clayoquot Lake and the forested slopes northwest of the Clayoquot Arm of Kennedy Lake. The park protects rare old-growth forests of Sitka spruce - a tenacious conifer able to grow in salty, magnesium-rich soils where most other seedlings die.
Unique flora and fauna, pristine old-growth forests, secluded sandy beaches, uninhabited islets, First Nations cultural sites and a fresh water lake can all be found in the park, which is accessed by boat, canoe, or kayak from Kennedy Lake. Clayoquot Arm Park offers many recreational opportunities, including hiking and wilderness camping along the shores of Kennedy Lake, the largest body of fresh water on Vancouver Island.
Visitors to this park can fish for cutthroat trout, canoe or kayak paddle along the scenic shoreline or observe wildlife in its natural habitat. An unusual phenomenon occurs in Clayoquot Arm. Sockeye salmon spawn 20 metres below the water surface making for a great viewing opportunity.
Park Size: 3491 hectares
This park is a wilderness area that is not regularly serviced or patrolled. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping. Good quality raingear is essential, even in the summer. Bring emergency equipment and spare clothing.
Access to this park is by active logging roads. The chance of encountering loaded logging trucks while traveling these roads is highly likely. Logging trucks have the right of way at all times. Drivers should use caution and yield to logging trucks; use pullouts whenever possible.
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 - This area has been inhabited for thousands of years by the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation peoples. In the 1900s, settlers came to the area and fishing and logging became viable industries. Today, tourism is strong, encompassing wildlife viewing, sports fishing, kayaking, wilderness camping and other activities. The connection of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples to this land is a vital, driving force, and it is equally important for visitors to respect this connection. Clayoquot Arm Provincial Park is in the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. Access to Indian Reserves is prohibited unless prior permission has been granted from the band office.
- Conservation - The park contains rare old-growth forests of Sitka spruce in the Clayoquot Lake and lower Clayoquot River areas, and excellent sockeye salmon spawning conditions in the Clayoquot River and along the shores of Clayoquot Arm. An unusual phenomenon occurs in Clayoquot Arm where sockeye salmon spawn 20 meters below the surface. Unique flora and fauna, pristine old-growth forests, secluded sandy beaches, uninhabited islets and a fresh water lake can all be found here. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please don’t damage or remove them
- Wildlife - Black bears, wolves and cougars may be present anywhere in the park. Park users should always be aware of bears and other wildlife in our park environment. Never feed or approach bears or other wildlife. For more information on bear safety click here; for more information on wolf safety, click here.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 276.63KB] for Clayoquot Arm Provincial Park is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Visitors can canoe or kayak on Kennedy Lake. Paddlers should be aware of prevailing westerly winds, which generally pick up in the afternoon during the summer. Paddlers can put in at the Clayoquot Arm Bridge on Kennedy Lake, accessed off Highway 4 going north on West Main logging road.
There are opportunities for fresh water fishing on Kennedy Lake, which is known to contain cutthroat trout. 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.
Portions of this park are open to hunting for specific species. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to current printed Hunting and Trapping Regulations and Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.
There is no designated swimming area in this park however there are opportunities for swimming in Kennedy Lake. There are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty at provincial parks.
Opportunities for waterskiing exist at this park via a boat launch located at Kennedy Lake Provincial Park.
This park is a good place to view wildlife, including black bears.
Opportunities for windsurfing exist at this park on Kennedy Lake.
Facilities Available at this Park
There is a boat launch located next to the Clayoquot Arm Bridge, accessed from Hwy 4 to West Main logging road adjacent to the park. This boat launch is suitable for car toppers, canoes and kayaks.
While fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. Use of chainsaws is not permitted. If you must use a campfire, please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided and there is no fee. This park is open year round; there is no fee for winter backcountry camping. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.