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

Homathko Estuary Provincial Park

  • Mariners should use caution when approaching the end of Bute Inlet as mud flats created by the Homathko River extend far out into the Inlet. The water is very silt laden and visibility is almost nil.

About This Park

Homathko Estuary Provincial Park Homathko Estuary Provincial Park was established as a park on July 28, 1997. The primary purpose of this park is to protect the conservation values of a Pacific Coast estuary.

There are minimal recreational opportunities at this park due to difficult access and lack of facilities, although beach walking and exploring are possible during low tide, and there are a few opportunities to view wildlife. The park is known to be a popular location for grizzly bear. Hiking is not encouraged within the estuary.

Park Size: 234 hectares of upland and 216 hectares of foreshore. Total area is 450 hectares.

Stay Safe:
  • Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available at the park.
  • Campfires are not permitted.
  • There are no developed trails at this park.
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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. Homathko Estuary Provincial Park lies 220 km northwest of Vancouver, at the head of Bute Inlet. There is boat access via Bute Inlet to Waddington Harbour; however, moorage facilities do not exist at this park and moorage near the park may be difficult due to extensive mud flats and shallow water.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: Historically, during the early 1900’s, the estuary was harvested primarily for the Black Cottonwood and other hardwoods that grow on valley bottom floodplains:
  • Cultural Heritage: This park is within the traditional territory of the Homalco First Nation.
  • Conservation: The park borders approximately 1 km of the east side of the Homathko River and encompasses about the lower 500 metres of the Teaquahan River. This park protects a portion of a coastal estuary and wetland ecosystem and contains a small area of old-growth forests. In addition, the park protects portions of important habitats for coastal wildlife, including grizzly bear, black bear, black-tailed deer, wolves, cougar, salmonids, shorebirds, raptors and waterfowl.
  • Wildlife: Typical of coastal estuaries, the park contains important habitat for carnivores, ungulates, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl.
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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. There are no improvements in this Park at all - it is a true wilderness situation. Due to the remoteness, paddlers should have a high degree of experience and competence, as well they should be completely self-sufficient.
Fishing

Fishing

Tidal water fishing opportunities are available.
Rockfish Conservation Areas occur within this park. Fishing activities are limited in Rockfish Conservation Areas. Before you go fishing please refer to the Rockfish Conservation Area descriptions available from Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour, and must pack out and 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.