Bring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park. All surface water must be boiled, filtered or treated prior to consumption.
Boaters and paddlers should be prepared for quick changing weather, which can result in rough water on the lakes.
Main Lake Provincial Park
- New for 2017: As of February 28, 2017, the Main Lake Provincial Park backcountry campground will offer backcountry registrations via our Discover Camping Backcountry Registration System.
- A 7.5kw (10hp) restriction is in place on Main Lake and Mine Lake, as well as outside the park on Village Bay Lake.
- An electric motors only restriction is in place on Little Main Lake, Stramberg and Clear Lake.
- Please camp in designated campsites only.
About This Park
Visitors to the park can see a variety of wildlife, including wolves, cougars, owls, Bald eagles, hawks, osprey, Peregrine falcons and wintering swans. The geography of park is exceptional, with spectacular physical features such as narrow channels, limestone sinkholes, waterfalls and the close proximity of marine and fresh water ecosystems.
The Main Lake chain of interconnected lakes forms the largest freshwater waterway in the Gulf and Discovery Islands. Main Lake, Village Bay Lake and Mine Lake are connected by narrow, shallow marshes navigable by canoes and dinghies only. Other lakes can be reached via rough, user-created portage routes.
Established Date: April 30, 1996
Park Size: 3,530 hectares
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Park Map [PDF 74KB]
Nature and Culture
- History: Main Lake Provincial Park was designated in 1997 as a result of recommendations made in the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan.
- Cultural Heritage: First Nations presence in the park is depicted in a panel of pictographs in red ochre on Main Lake. There is also evidence of an old portage route from Yeatman Bay.
- Conservation: This park protects a biologically exceptional area that includes more than 72 bird species and 234 plant species. Physically, the park is exceptional with limestone sinkholes and waterfalls.
- Wildlife: Wildlife in the park includes wolves, cougars, owls, Bald eagles, hawks, osprey, Peregrine falcons and wintering swans.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 300.94KB] for Main Lake Provincial Park is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Wilderness camping is allowed at seven (7) designated camping areas in the park, but no facilities are provided. These areas are accessible by boat only. Camping is not permitted in other areas of the park.
Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
This park is open year round, however fees are only collected from May 15 – September 15 when backcountry services are provided.
Payment must be made via the BC Parks Backcountry Registration System. Although the system does not reserve a campsite, the system provides visitors the convenience of prepaying for their trip and not having to carry cash. Cash payments for backcountry camping opportunities are not available at this time.