Visitor InformationBring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park.
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.
Mansons Landing Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
- There have been recent wolf sightings in and adjacent to this park. These wolves could become habituated and pose a risk to park visitors if provided food and not discouraged from approaching humans.
Please read the wolf safety guidelines.
About This ParkMansons Landing Provincial Park was established in 1974 to expand the diversity of marine park experiences in the northern Gulf Islands archipelago. Located on Cortes Island, this beautiful park fronts the water on both Hague Lake and Manson Bay.
Recreational opportunities include fresh water swimming in Hague Lake, and marine wildlife viewing in Mansons Lagoon. Camping is not permitted at this park, however camping is available at nearby Smelt Bay Provincial Park.
Park Size: 100 hectares (47 ha upland, 53 ha foreshore)
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
The park can also be accessed by private boat, which can moor at the adjacent federal government wharf (space permitting).
Nearby communities include: Whaletown, Squirrel Cove, Cortes Bay and Smelt Bay.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: Mansons Landing is the sixth park designated in the northern Gulf Islands. It was established in 1974.
- Cultural Heritage: The park lies within the asserted traditional territory of First Nations. Early explorers included Galiano and Valdes, who named Cortes Island after Hernando Cortes, the conqueror of Mexico.
In 1880, Michael Manson, an immigrant from Scotland established a trading post in the present park area to trade with First Nations and provide supplies to a slowly developing logging and fishing industry. A small general store was built on the trading post site but was moved in 1995 to a site adjacent to the community centre. This site now functions as a museum.
- Conservation: The natural features of the park, including Hague Lake, the sand spit and the lagoon, add significantly to the natural integrity of the island community.
All salmon species are found offshore and Hague Lake contains some Cutthroat trout. The lagoon provides opportunities to view oysters, clams, crabs, moon snails and nudibranches. Dominant trees include Douglas fir, Western red cedar, Arbutus, shore pine, red alder and broadleaf maple.
- Wildlife: Wildlife is transient and present only on occasion, the exceptions being red squirrels and ravens. Columbia blacktail deer, although not resident to the park are frequently seen.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF] for Mansons Landing Park is available in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Kayaking and canoeing is possible in Hague Lake or within Mansons Lagoon at high tide. Paddlers can set in at the natural boat launch on the west side of the spit at Mansons Lagoon.
There are opportunities for freshwater fishing for trout in Hague Lake and saltwater fishing for a variety of salmon in the waters offshore. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
This park offers a few informal hiking or walking trails, as well as beach walks. A short trail extends from the sand spit at Mansons Lagoon to the local school (approximately 1 km). Another short trail with steep sections runs from Hague Lake around the perimeter of the lagoon to the sand spit (approximately 1 km). For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic 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.
Visitors can swim in Hague Lake or in Mansons Lagoon when the tide is in. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
There is a natural boat launch (no facility) on the west side of the spit at Mansons Lagoon. Motorboats are not permitted on Hague Lake.
This park has two day-use/picnic areas – one at Mansons Lagoon and one at Hague Lake. Facilities at Mansons Lagoon include picnic tables, 1 pit toilet, a sandy spit and a parking lot. This parking lot also accesses the federal wharf. Hague Lake has a pit toilet, information shelter, sandy beach and a small parking area. Both areas can be accessed from Seaford Road on Cortes Island. A rough trail, approximately 1 km long, links the two day-use areas.
Pit or Flush Toilets
Pit toilets are located at Mansons Lagoon (near the parking lot) and Hague Lake (near the Lake).
Portions of Mansons Lagoon, including the sand spit, are accessible to wheelchairs.