Halkett Bay Marine Provincial Park
About This Park
Located in scenic Howe Sound, Halkett Bay is typical of the glaciated coastline found in the sound. The steeply sloped mountains, rugged coastlines, and the scattered islands and waters of the sound offer a breathtaking visual experience.
Howe Sound has long been popular with pleasure boaters because of its close proximity to Vancouver, Sunshine Coast and Squamish population. Halkett Bay is currently used by boaters for both day-use and recreational activities such as swimming, wilderness camping, kayaking, picnicking, hiking to Mount Artaban and overnight moorage. The park provides one buoy, one dinghy dock and one pit toilet.
Established Date: June 16, 1988
Park Size: 448 hectares (293 upland, 155 foreshore)
- Only dinghys are permitted to tie up at the float.
- Tying up at any log booms in the bay is not recommended as the booms can be towed away at any time.
- There are no fires permitted within the park.
- Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
- There are no windsurfing opportunities at the park but the area called “The Spit” at the head of Howe Sounds near Squamish provides good windsailing.
- Waterskiing is not recommended. Floating debris such as logs in the water and changing tides, may create hazards.
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 15 – September 15th|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||Not applicable|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||3 walk-in sites|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.|
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Nature and Culture
- History: Gambier Island is named after the Admiral of the Fleet James, Lord Gambier (1756-1833). Halkett Bay Provincial Park on its southeastern shore was established in June of 1988.
- Conservation: This park protects a rocky tidal coastline, a small islet and beaches.
- Wildlife: Bald eagle, western red-backed salamander, northern flying squirrel, black-tailed deer, marten, mink and raccoon can all be found in the park.
Activities Available at this Park
This park has hiking and/or walking trails. There is a moderately strenuous 10 km (approximately 6 hours) day hike to Mount Artaban through the Georgia Strait lowland forest with an elevation gain of 610 metres. At the top of Mount Artaban you can view out 360 degrees over Howe Sound and see such features as Black Mountain, Deeks Peak, the Tantalus and Garibaldi Ranges, Bowen Island and the San Juan Islands just to name a few. Also located on this site are the remnants of an old forest service lookout. A rough trail also leads to Brigade Bay on Gambier Island’s eastern shore.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
There is a small pocket of private property and development adjacent to the park – respect their property including their mooring facilities. The park is open year-round and winter camping is permitted in this park but campsites have limited services.
BC Parks Backcountry Registration System allows you to pre-pay your overnight fees for backcountry and/or marine site usage, where designated. This system will not be used for vehicle accessible (ie front country) campgrounds or controlled back country permits (ie Bowron Lakes canoe circuit and Berg Lake Trail).
Marine facilites include one (1) mooring buoy and dingy float. Good anchorage is available without stern ties. The bay is open to the south. The mooring buoy is on the left hand side as you are heading in. The buoy is large, square, yellow (fades in the off-season) and made of tires and wood. Keep in mind that there are a number of rocks that protrude above the water in the middle of the bay. The buoy is before those rocks on the left side.
Chief marine hazards are a series of unmarked drying rocks and reefs in the bay’s northwest corner, and an unmarked rock at a depth of less than six (6’) feet in mid-fairway near the head. The favoured approach is to the steep eastern shoreline. Nearest marinas are located at Lions Bay and Horseshoe Bay.