God's Pocket Marine Provincial Park
About This Park
God’s Pocket Marine Provincial Park provides some of the best underwater scuba diving on the Pacific Coast. Most diving takes place in nearby Browning Pass, an area rated by the late underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau as one of the best cold water diving destinations in the world. Conditions can be difficult however, so all divers should be experienced and well-equipped.
This undeveloped park is comprised of a group of islands at the entrance to Queen Charlotte Strait, including Hurst, Bell, Boyle, Crane Islands, and numerous smaller islets. These islands provide sheltered anchorage for boats heading north or south in Queen Charlotte Strait.
In addition to diving, the park offers opportunities for fishing, boating and wildlife viewing. Bald eagles and whales are common sights in the park, which protects a seabird breeding colony and Bald eagle habitat.
Park Size: 2,036 hectares (550 ha of upland and 1486 ha of foreshore)
Boaters should be aware of winter storms and use caution in the area, as weather and sea conditions can change rapidly in this park.
This park has no facilities or designated campsites. When choosing a camping location, please take into consideration potential hazards such as tree/limb failure, winds, and tides/high water.
Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park. All surface water should be boiled, treated and filtered prior to consumption.
Please use portable stoves for cooking. There are no campfire pits in the park. If you require a fire for emergency reasons, please keep it as small as possible and limit it to established fire sites or to spots situated below the high tide mark. use only small, downed wood that will burn completely.
There are no developed trails or designated swimming areas in the park.
The nearest boat launch is located in Port Hardy.
Location and Maps
God’s Pocket Marine Provincial Park is located on the north side of Goletas Channel approximately 10 km northwest of Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island. The park can be accessed by boat or float plane (to a lodge nearby) from Port Hardy. Boaters can reference marine chart #3549 (Queen Charlotte Strait western section) for more information on 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.
Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage - God’s Pocket Marine Park was inhabited by First Nations of the Kwakwaka’wakw speaking people and later by European settlers. A number of known archaeological sites can be found in the area. God’s Pocket Provincial Marine Park was identified for protection in the Vancouver Island Land-Use Plan.
- Conservation - God’s Pocket Marine Park protects a seabird breeding colony and Bald eagle habitat and contributes to representation of the area's marine and terrestrial landscapes.
- Wildlife - Marine mammals such as Orcas (killer whales), Pacific White-sided dolphins, and harbour seals are commonly seen in this park. On a more infrequent basis, Humpback and Gray whales can be spotted, as well as Stellar sea lions. Park visitors may see Bald eagles, auklets, black oyster catchers, cormorants, petrels and a number of other bird species in God’s Pocket.
- The approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan is available in pdf format