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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Gibson Marine Provincial Park

September 21st, 2015: Trail work in progress between September 21st to October 9th. Please proceed with caution when hiking through areas with trail work in progress. Obey all posted notices.

Wolf advisory for Flores Island and Gibson Marine Provincial Park


BC Parks is strongly advising park visitors to not bring their dogs to the park and is encouraging park users to take the following necessary precautions when in wolf country:
  • Do not allow children to play away from camp, keep them close to adults at all times.
  • Do not bring pets into the park.
  • Keep a clean and orderly camp. Cook and store food away from sleeping areas. Suspend food, toiletries, garbage and other loose objects on a rope between trees, in secured kayak hatches, or in provided food caches, out of reach of wildlife.
  • Do not bury garbage. If you pack it in - pack it out!
  • Wash dishes in a container and dispose of grey water at sea, away from your camping area.
  • Do not clean fish next to your camp.
Remember, you are a guest in this environment. This is home to the animals that live here.

It is extremely important to discourage wolves from approaching. If a wolf appears and acts unafraid or aggressive, take the following action as soon as you notice the animal:
  • Raise your arms and wave them in the air to make yourself appear larger.
  • When in a group, act in unison to send a clear message to the wolves they are not welcome.
  • Back away slowly, do not turn your back on the wolf.
  • Make noise, throw sticks, rocks and sand at the wolf.
  • Use pepper spray and noise makers if you have them and know how to safely use them.
The wolf needs to know that you may be a threat to them.

Please report wolf sightings to BC Parks staff, or phone BC Parks at 250-725-2149 or 250-954-4618; and report any wildlife - human interactions where public safety is at risk by dialing 24 hour hotline 1-877-952-7277.

Fees

There are currently no BC Parks fees to hike or camp within Flores Island or Gibson Marine Parks.
However, if you go outside of the park into Ahousaht First Nation territory, there is a fee of $25 per person. For more information on this fee, contact the Wildside Trail Office at 1-250-913-0022.

Guiding in Parks

In Provincial Parks, any person acting as a guide or offering guiding services, including vessel drop offs, must hold a valid Park Use Permit (Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulation, Section 4). Please ensure the company you hire is legally operating in the park.

About This Park

Gibson Marine Provincial Park Located adjacent to Flores Island Provincial Park on Flores Island, Gibson Provincial Marine Park offers sheltered anchorage in Matilda Inlet. The park is home to a natural warm spring, contained in an open concrete tank, located on the shores of Matilda Inlet. A non-maintained historic route connects the warm springs, which are considered to be of therapeutic value, to the broad sandy beaches at Whitesand Cove. This route once provided access to a life-saving telegraph line and an old homestead.

Gibson Marine, immediately south of the Nuu-chah-nulth community of Ahousat, also provides access to the “Walk the Wild Side” route, a route that extends 10 km from Ahousat to Cow Bay. Most of the route follows sandy beaches and trails cut across headlands to join with the next beach. At this time, muddy and slippery sections are present on this route.

Visitors from around the world come to explore Clayoquot Sound, and Flores Island is one of the most popular destinations for kayakers, who can find ample opportunities for camping and wildlife viewing from the Island’s beautiful sandy shores.

Park Size: 140 hectares

Stay Safe:
Wolves on Vargas and Flores Islands - Wolves have been known to frequent camping areas in the park. Please ensure that all food and items smelling of food, as well as any loose objects, are stored out of reach of wildlife. At no time should food be offered or made available to wildlife - to do so is in violation of the Park Act. Click here for more information on wolves.

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

Access to Park

The trail is best accessed from the village of Ahousaht. Water taxis to Ahousaht generally depart numerous times a day, from the 1st Street dock in Tofino.
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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. Gibson Marine Park is located in the central portion of Clayoquot Sound, north of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The park is located on the south side of Flores Island and is accessible only by boat from Tofino. Boaters can reference marine chart #3674 and #3673 for more information on this area. Water taxis from Tofino and Ahousat offer access to the park via the Village of Ahousaht.
Nearby communities include: Tofino, Ahousat, Hotsprings Village.

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: This park lies in the traditional territory of the Ahoushat First Nations. Gibson Provincial Marine Park contains many Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations heritage sites, including middens and Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs). Much of the park was a gift from the W.F. Gibson family.
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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.
Fishing

Fishing

The waters of Clayoquot Sound may contain a variety of fish species, including salmon, rockfish, halibut and lingcod. 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.
Hiking

Hiking

Gibson Marine, immediately south of the Nuu-chah-nulth community of Ahousat, also provides access to the “Walk the Wild Side” route, a rustic route that extends 10 km from Ahousat to Cow Bay. Most of the route follows sandy beaches and trails cut across headlands to join with the next beach. At this time, muddy and slippery sections are present on this route. The trail is best accessed from the village of Ahousaht. Water taxis to Ahousaht generally depart from the 1st Street dock in Tofino. 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.
Hunting

Hunting

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.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with wolves, bears and cougars. 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. There have been incidents involving wolves killing dogs in this park. BC Parks is strongly advising park visitors to not bring their dogs to the park.
Swimming

Swimming

There is no designated swimming area, however there are opportunities for ocean swimming in this park. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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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 use small pieces of wood that will burn completely. Build your fires below the high tide mark. and do not burn live wood, burn drift wood instead. Never build fires next to or near beach logs, this could lead to a forest fire. Never leave your fire unattended and practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

A pit toilet is located at the most easterly beach in the park.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

A campsite consisting of 3 tent platforms is located on the easterly end of the park near the sand dunes and pit toilet. Random wilderness camping is also allowed but please use the pit toilet when possible. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics. Gibson Provincial Marine Park is accessible year round.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

Gibson Provincial Marine Park is accessible year round. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.