Visitors - Important Notice!
note: camping on South Twin Island is prohibited.
- The Pink salmon run starts in July and runs into October.
Say Nuth Khaw Yum Heritage Park / Indian Arm Provincial
Park is managed collaboratively by the
Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Province of British Columbia. A management
agreement was signed in 1998 between the two parties. The
agreement established the Park Management Board that oversees
any issues related to the management, conservation, recreational
and cultural heritage objectives for the area.
Say Nuth Khaw Yum means "Serpent's Land." It
is in the core of Tsleil-Waututh traditional territory that
has from time out of mind been an area of significance to
the Tsleil-Waututh people. For over a millenium, the
Tsleil-Waututh Nation has continued to use the land, water
and resources of the entire area of Indian Arm.
Say Nuth Khaw Yum Heritage Park / Indian Arm Provincial
Park is a conservation park that protects the shores of Indian
Arm, an 18 kilometre fjord that extends north from Burrard
Inlet in Vancouver. The park area was once heavily glaciated,
leaving behind a spectacular landscape featuring rugged,
forested mountains, several alpine lakes, and numerous creeks
and waterfalls, including the 50-metre high Granite Falls.
The park also includes Racoon and Twin Islands, both characterized
by sparse vegetation, open cover, and exposed rocky ledges.
The park offers a variety of recreation activities. Indian
Arm is ideal for motor boating, kayaking, canoeing, and scuba
diving. Indian River and the lower reaches of some creeks
are perfect for recreational fishing. The old-growth forested
mountains provide opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing
and nature appreciation, while the flat beach areas along
the shorelines of Bishop Creek provide opportunities for
rustic camping, picnicking and other day-use activities.
Marine access camping is also available on the south side
of Granite Falls. The shoals around Racoon and Twin Islands
offer good scuba diving. Visitors can also enjoy limited,
rustic camping on North / Big Twin Island. Please note
that there is no camping on South/Little Twin Island.
Special Features: There are two waterfalls within the park
- Granite Falls and Silver Falls. The Indian River
estuary protects important wildlife habitat. There
is also a tidal lagoon between North and South
Twin Islands. Black bear sightings are common along the shoreline.
A large run of pink salmon (60,000 fish) make their way up
the arm on odd numbered years. They can be seen jumping all
along the shoreline. The fish concentrate in the Indian River
estuary and then work their way up the Indian River. The
Chum Salmon make their way up the arm annually in large numbers.
Smaller numbers of Coho and Chinook salmon find their way
back to the Indian River each year. With the concentration
of salmon in the fall, large numbers of eagle can be viewed
overhead, and amongst the salmon there are many seals feeding.
This park also contains a number of significant archaeological
sites. All archaeological sites are protected under
the Heritage Conservation Act. It is illegal to remove
artifacts or to disturb such sites.
Management Planning Information
- Currently, the Board is directing the development of a Park
Management Plan for Say Nuth Khaw Yum Heritage Park / Indian Arm Provincial Park in
accordance with the management agreement between the Tsleil-Waututh Nation
and the Province of British Columbia. The Park Management Plan will guide
the protection, conservation, and management of the natural and cultural
resources of the Say Nuth Khaw Yum Heritage Park / Indian Arm Provincial
Park, while respecting the culture, traditions and history of the Tsleil-Waututh.
Click here for more information about management planning for this protected
- For more information
on the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, please visit
to Mount Seymour Provincial Park in North Vancouver, the
park is situated on the eastern and western shorelines
of the upper portion of Indian Arm. While the park is
primarily accessed by water, there is logging road access
from Squamish. This access road is maintained by the Squamish
Forest District Office. The closest communities are Deep
Cove, North Vancouver, Belcarra, Port Coquitlam and Anmore.
Any maps listed are for
information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be
used for navigation.
- History - Twin Island
was established in 1905 as one of the earliest recreational reserves
in the province. Raccoon Island was established in 1951. The reserves
were designated to Provincial Park status in 1981. Indian Arm was designated to Provincial Park status in July 1995 as part of the Lower Mainland Nature Legacy initiative.
- Cultural Heritage - Indian Arm is
an important hunting and fishing area for the Coast Salish First
Nation, including the Tsleil-waututh (Burrard), Musqueam, and Squamish
bands. Their traditional use of the area is evidenced by pictographs
found in the park. The historic Wigwam Inn, at the north end of
the inlet, was once a luxury resort that attracted customers travelling
by steamship up Indian Arm.
- Conservation - The park represents
the Coastal Western Hemlock and Mountain Hemlock biogeoclimatic
zones and has extensive stands of old-growth forests. Typical species
include western mountain hemlock, western red cedar, Douglas fir,
yellow cedar, and red alder. Groundcover on lower elevations include
sword fern, deer fern, and salal.
- Wildlife - A variety of wildlife can be found in the park including black bear, blacktail deer, cougar, coyote, red fox, and a variety of smaller mammals and amphibians. Seventy-nine bird species have been identified in the park area.
The Indian River supports five species of salmon, sea-run cutthroat, and small steelhead populations. The estuary is vital habitat for prawns, crab, and many species of overwintering waterfowl. Harbour seals are also frequent visitors to the area.
The sandy isthmus connecting Twin Islands is home to a variety of clams and other shellfish. Tide pools along the rocky shoreline abound with sea life. Indigenour species include anemones, nudibranches, tritons, shrimp and rockfish. Crabs are particularly abundant and use the area off Twin Islands for breeding.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
note that the area is not regularly patrolled or serviced during
the winter months.
Safety Information (park
safety, hazards, wildlife safety information, health risks)
parks that accept reservations,
all vehicle accessible campsites (with the exception of
group sites) must be reserved through Discover
Reservations are not accepted for the marine/walk-in campsites available at this park.
Parks: Fees, park listings, what
you should know before you go and other useful links.
vehicle accessible camping facilities at this park.
access camping is available on the north and south
sides of Bishop Creek. There is camping available
on North Twin Island. There are five (5) elevated wooden
tent pads at the North Twin Campground. There is also
marine access camping available at South Granite Falls.
Gravel tent pads are available at the South Granite
Campground. Grass tent pads are available at the North
and South Bishop campgrounds.There are pit toilets
available at each camping area. There are no mooring
facilities at either North or South Bishop Creek. There
is day moorage available for vessels under 5.5 metres
in length at North Twin Island and North Granite Falls.
are no fires permitted in Indian Arm Provincial
Park. Bear and raccoons are common throughout the
so please hang your food and garbage in a tree out
of reach of bears. Weather up Indian Arm can change
rapidly, so please be prepared for heavy rains, high
winds and cool temperatures.
are no camping fees charged at this time.
A day-use area is located on the north side of Granite
Falls near a small dock. This day-use area has a grassy
area of approximately 80 x 30 metres. There is also
a large grassy area at the South Bishop backcountry
site. There are rocky beaches at both North and South
Granite Falls. There is also a tidal beach at the mouth
of Grant Creek below Granite Falls. It is a mixed sand
and cobblestone beach. No fires are permitted. There
are no picnic tables. Barbeques must be placed on the
ground when in use, and are not permitted on the dock.
are no wheelchair accessible facilities at this park.
Although special services are not available for
the disabled in this park, most of the park is accessible
by boat. Docks are available at North Granite falls
and North Twin Island. The disabled may be able to
utilize these areas with assistance. North Granite
is the most accessible of the sites within the park.
There are no taps or handpumps. Water is available
at Bishop Creek and Granite Falls Campgrounds. There
is no fresh water available on either North or South
Twin Islands. Water can be obtained from the creeks.
All water should be boiled, filtered or treated.
park has pit toilets. One (1) at North Twin Island;
two (2) at South Bishop Creek; one (1) at North Bishop Creek; two (2)
at South Granite Falls; two (2) at North Granite Falls. Do not dispose
of waste in the
toilets. Removal of waste from these pit toilets is very expensive
and time consuming.
No sani-station/dump facilities. Sewage cannot be
disposed of within the Port of Vancouver (Indian Arm),
all vessels with toilet facilities are required to
contain their waste in a holding tank while in the
Port of Vancouver. (i.e. in Indian Arm Park).
are not permitted.
||There are no electrical hook-ups in this park
are no regularly scheduled interpretive programs at
hiking times are for return trips, distances in kilometres,
elevation gains in meters. It should be
noted that hikes in this area tend to be very steep
and require vigorous effort. Exceptions are the B.C.
Hydro trails near Buntzen Lake. Remember any elevation
gain must also be lost and travelling down a steep
slope can be slow and arduous. As well, these hikes
elevation and are subject to harsh weather conditions.
Snow can fall in the spring and fall. Also the weather
can close in very rapidly. Most of the hikes (except
Diez Vistas) are ridge-top hikes and are therefore
exposed to the elements. Click
here to view more detailed information about each
park does not have a playground.
is cool water ocean swimming with no roped off area.
There is a sandy beach at the mouth of Granite
Falls; it is only dry at low tide. There is also a
small sandy beach in the lagoon between N. and S. Twin
islands. This beach is also dry only at low tide. All
other beaches throughout the park are rocky or cobble
previous Quarry work in the North Granite Falls area
has left the cliffs unstable. Large debris
flows occur infrequently along steep mountain creeks.
are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty at provincial parks.
is available for the experienced paddler. Paddlers
can travel up the arm to either the
Bishop Creek or Granite falls camping areas (travel
time with the current is approximately 2 hours). The
estuary at the head of the arm is a unique paddling
experience. At high tide the first kilometre of the
river can be navigated upstream in a Kayak or canoe.
tide chart must be referenced for travels up Indian
arm. Travelling up toward the head of Indian Arm
on a rising tide allows the paddler to work with
Conversely, while heading south, leaving the Arms
towards Burrard inlet, paddlers should be travelling
four camping areas can be accessed by kayak/canoe
(see the above Camping information).
is no boat launch within the Park.
nearest boat launch is at Cates Park (North Vancouver
Municipal Park.) located on Dollarton Highway.
launch has four paved lanes with a moderate grade.
There is parking available for vehicles/trailers.
Overnight parking it available at Cates Park, within
the boat launch parking. This parking area is intended
for the use of boat launch patrons. AN OVERNIGHT
PARKING PASS IS REQUIRED. THIS PASS CAN BE OBTAINED
THROUGH THE DISTRICT OF NORTH VANCOUVER PARKS AT
604-990-3800. If you need overnight parking and
do need the boat launch you must find alternate overnight
parking for your vehicle. Parking is available
can be left in the water or beached overnight. However,
overnight moorage is NOT permitted
of the docks within the park. Overnight moorage
is available in Deep Cove.
Sewage cannot be disposed of within the Port of Vancouver.
Indian Arm Provincial Park falls within the Port of
Vancouver. All Sewage must be contained within a Holding
Tank and removed
The Indian River supports five species of salmon, sea-run
cutthroat, and small steelhead populations. The Pink salmon run starts in July and runs into October. The
estuary is vital habitat for prawns and crab. A
wide variety of rockfish and other bottom fish
are available. Anyone
fishing or angling in British Columbia must have
an appropriate licence.
is not permitted.
horses and/or horseback riding.
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.
There are no viewing platforms but the entire area is surrounded by snow-capped
peaks in the winter. At the head of Indian Arm several large peaks can
be seen up the Indian River and Grant Creek Valleys. There are two Hydro
generating stations on the east shore of the Arm which can be spectacular
in full flow. Silver falls on the north shore of Indian Arm is a beautiful
waterfall at the outflow of Elsay Creek. It is located just south of South
Bishop Campground. No wildlife viewing opportunities.
There are also locations within the Park which offer good wildlife viewing.
The Indian River estuary has excellent migratory bird watching. The entire
Indian Arm has excellent sea duck activity in the winter. A variety of
wildlife can be found in the park including black bear, black-tailed
deer, cougar, coyote, red fox, and a variety of smaller mammals and amphibians.
Seventy-nine bird species have been identified in the park area. Harbour
seals are also common throughout Indian Arm. During salmon runs they
often be seen fishing. Black bear sightings are common along the shoreline.
A large run of pink salmon (approximately 60,000 fish) make their way
up the Arm on odd numbered years. They can be seen jumping all along the shoreline.
The fish concentrate in the Indian River estuary and then work their
up the Indian River. The Chum Salmon make their way up the Arm annually
in large numbers. Smaller numbers of Coho and Chinook salmon find their
way back to the Indian River each year. With the concentration of salmon
in the fall, large numbers of eagles can be view overhead, and amongst
the salmon there are many seals feeding.
There are no
winter recreation opportunities at Indian Arm but downhill skiing, cross-country
skiing and snowshoeing are available at Mount Seymour
Provincial Park, Cypress Provincial Park and
in North Vancouver. Excellent skiing can also be found in Whistler 1.5 hours
north of Vancouver on highway 99. In Cypress Provincial Park, there are also
snowmobiling and tobagganing opportunities.
SCUBA diving and snorkelling opportunities at this park. The shoals
around Raccoon and Twin Islands offer good scuba diving. Outside the
park near Lighthouse
Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver and Porteau
Cove Provincial Park in
Howe Sound, are well known scuba diving locations.
There are windsurfing opportunities at this park. This is an ocean type
environment. Winds tend to rise in the afternoons.
They usually blow
the north. There
can be strong outflow winds that develop during high pressure systems.
There are waterskiing opportunities at the park. This is an ocean type
environment. The water tends to be calmest in
the morning. Be
warty of debris in the water.
Hunting is allowed in this park. Please check the BC
Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information.
climbing or rock climbing opportunities.
spelunking or caving opportunities.
cabins, yurts or lodges for public use.