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

Echo Bay Marine Provincial Park

  • Please note: The wharf at Echo Bay has been deemed unsafe and is now closed until further notice. Visitors are advised to keep off the wharf. As an alternate, visitors may anchor in the bay and row ashore.
  • Water is not available at this park.
  • Overnight moorage is prohibited at the dock for vessels over 7 metres long.

About This Park

Echo Bay Marine Provincial Park Access to Echo Bay Marine Park on the north-western side of Gilford Island is by boat or floatplane only. This small park provides a sheltered spot for boaters to stop and stretch their legs. A number of kayak transportation companies utilize Echo Bay as a drop off spot for their kayak operations as it is a good place to start a journey through the adjacent Broughton Archipelago.

A small wharf provides overnight tie-up facilities for vessels less than 7 metres. Larger vessels must anchor or use the neighbouring docks located at one of the two resorts in the community of Echo Bay. Fuel and supplies are also available at these resorts, adjacent to the park. Other amenities available at Echo Bay include a post office, grocery store and arts and crafts stores.

Established: February 26, 1971

Park Size: 1.5 hectares (1 hectare of upland and 0.5 hectares of 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. Echo Bay Provincial Marine Park is located on Gilford Island, between northern Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. Adjacent to the small community of Echo Bay, the park is located approximately 23 nautical miles northeast of Port McNeill at the junction of Fife Sound and Tribune Channel. Boaters should ensure they have current tide tables and the correct nautical charts: #3546 (Broughton Strait) and #3515 (Knight Inlet).

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

  • History/Heritage Culture: This site has been used by First Nations people for hundreds of years, as evidenced by the many thick midden deposits found within the park. Prior to being established as a Provincial Park in 1971, this site was a Ministry of Forests ranger station in the 1950s.
  • Wildlife (specific to this park or area): Home to a Great Blue Heron rookery, Echo Bay Park is a great place to see this endangered bird.
  • General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

This area is often visited by kayakers traveling the popular Broughton Archipelago kayak circuit, who stop at Echo Bay to refresh their water supply and camp overnight. A number of kayak transportation companies utilize Echo Bay as a drop off spot for their kayak operations.
Fishing

Fishing

The waters around Echo Bay Park offer ample opportunities for salt-water fishing. 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.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

Echo Bay Marine Park has a small picnic/day-use area, with one picnic table, a level grassy field and one pit toilet. Please note: there is no water available at this park. A dock and ramp provides access to the day-use area. Overnight moorage is prohibited for vessels more than 7 metres long. Large vessels must anchor or use the neighbouring docks located at one of the two resorts in the community of Echo Bay.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

A pit toilet is located at the day-use area.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

There are no designated campsites at this park, although camping is allowed. A small grassy field provides a level camping area. No camping fee is charged. This park is open year round.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

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