Marble River Provincial Park
November 3, 2016: The gate to the Marble River Recreation Site is now closed for the season and will be opened again the spring once any danger trees have been identified and addressed. The Marble River trailhead and can still be accessed by walking past the campground. Please use caution and obey all signage.
About This ParkMarble River Provincial Park on northern Vancouver Island offers excellent opportunities for wilderness hiking, biking, wildlife viewing and fishing.
The Marble River Trail, a 4.2-km hiking and biking trail, provides access to the river for visitors, who come to watch the salmon spawning in the fall. Interpretive signs along this trail offer information about the forest environment. Salmon spawning viewing areas are located near the trailhead and at Bear Falls, approximately 2/3 of the way down the trail. An interpretive sign and fish ladder are also located at Bear Falls. Visitors should be aware that black bears frequent the park, especially during salmon spawning season. (see bear safety)
Marble River Provincial Park is also a very popular destination for recreational angling, including fly fishing on the river and tidal water fishing in the marine portion of the park. Chinook and coho salmon, steelhead, cutthroat, rainbow and Dolly Varden trout can all be caught in this park. The Marble River Trail contains a number of angler-access routes down to the river, which is considered to be one of the best steelhead fishing rivers on Vancouver Island. The most popular fly-fishing location, known as the Emerald Pools, is located at the end of the trail.
Walk-in wilderness camping is allowed, and a Western Forest Products Recreation Site offers vehicle-accessible camping adjacent to the park.
Established Date: July 12, 1995
Park Size: 1,419 hectares (1,015 ha upland, 404 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.
Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage: Marble River Provincial Park lies in the traditional territory of the Quatsino First Nations.
- Conservation: The Marble River flows through a shallow canyon bordered by forest covered bench lands. The park helps preserve spawning and rearing habitat for a variety of fish species and contains portions of the most important Chinook salmon producing system on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The park also contains relatively rare and unique karst features and contributes 56% of the protected habitat within the under-represented Coastal Western Hemlock very wet maritime biogeoclimatic variant in the Nahwitti lowlands ecosection.
- Wildlife: The park protects fish and wildlife values associated with the river and estuary, including Bald eagle nesting habitat near Quatsino Narrows, steelhead fishery and salmon spawning and rearing habitat, as well as waterfowl habitat.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 248.17KB] for Marble River Provincial Park is available in pdf format
Activities Available at this Park
Caution: Anglers should be aware that black bears frequent the area along the river’s edge, especially during spawning season.
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.
The 4.2 km Marble River Trail has been designed to accommodate both mountain bikers and hikers. Please obey all signs related to mountain biking safety and ethics.
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.