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Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park

About This Park

Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park Established in 1969, Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park provides 200 metres of shoreline, with a backdrop rising to the summit of Mount Daniel. A part of Pender Harbour, this is a popular boating area with secure anchorage and a small dinghy dock. This park provides excellent opportunities for fishing, picnicking and swimming. There are many marinas, stores, resorts, restaurants, repair facilities and fuel outlets located near the park.

Park Size: 163 hectares

Special Notes:
  • Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park is open all year; there are no fees.
  • There are no sani-station/dump facilities available. No sewage discharge in anchorage – all vessels must be equipped with holding tanks.
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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 located 30 km from Sechelt, on the Sechelt Peninsula. Follow Highway 101 north past Madeira Park; turn left on Garden Bay Road. At Garden Bay Lake keep left and drive approximately 2 km to Claydon Road. Pender Harbour includes the following communities: Garden Bay, Medeira Park, Irvines Landing.

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: Two areas of cultural significance are encompassed within the park boundaries. The top of Mount Daniel shows evidence of past use by the Sechelt First Nation. Near the dock, at the southern end of the park, are burial markers from an Indian graveyard. Do not disturb the sites.
  • Wildlife: Blacktail deer, black bear and cougar can all be found in the park.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • Approved Management Plan [PDF 883.61KB] for Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park is available online in pdf format.
    DISCLAIMER:
    This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park. Kayak rentals are located in Halfmoon Bay.
  • Charts:
    • Strait of Georgia Central Portion # 3512

    • Plans Malaspina Strait # 3535 (this includes Pender Harbour, Secret Cove & Smugglers Cove)
  • 1:50,000 Topographical Maps:
    • Texada Island 92F9
    • Sechelt Inlet 92G12
Fishing

Fishing

Visitors may fish for salmon and cod. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Licences can be purchase in Irvine’s Landing and Garden Bay.
Hiking

Hiking

This park has hiking and/or walking trails. 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.
There is a hiking trail in the Park but it is not accessible from the Marine area of the Park. Access is from Garden Bay Road. The Mount Daniel Trail is approximately 1½ hours to the top (4 kilometres from Garden Bay Road to the top). This is a moderate to difficult hike due to the steep grade of the trail. There is a great view of the surrounding area from the top.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. 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 are swimming opportunities in this park. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. The beach is relatively steep and rocky. There is a small dinghy dock.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There is no viewing platform but there are spectacular views from the top of Mount Daniel.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

There is a water tap in the day-use area. Boil water advisory.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park has pit toilets – no flush toilets.