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Porpoise Bay Provincial Park
About This Park
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park on the Sunshine Coast offers many opportunities for coastal fun and is a favourite family park.
The park is separated from the Strait of Georgia by the isthmus at Sechelt. This park is characterized by second-growth forest, open grassy areas and sandy beaches. This park also makes an excellent base camp for paddlers exploring the Sechelt Inlet.
Established Date: January 29, 1971
Park Size: 61 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Please keep a safe, respectful distance when viewing wildlife, and keep dogs on a leash.
- Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
- For your own safety and for the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
- Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. Owners are responsible for the behaviour of their pets and must dispose of their excrement.
- A clean air policy is in effect at this park. Campfires are restricted to three communal sites. Campfires are not allowed at individual campsites.
- It is recommended that you make a reservation to stay at this park during the months of July and August.
- Cyclists can always be accommodated at the cyclists campsite.
All campsite, group campsite and group picnic shelter reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Group Campsite Reservations
Group Picnic Shelter Reservations
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
History: The Sechelt Indian Band frequented the area with a major village at Sechelt itself. Today, the Sechelt Indian Band plays an important role in the community of Sechelt.
At the turn of the century, as interest in the Sunshine Coast area heightened, the Crowston family homesteaded the east side of Sechelt Inlet. The park was purchased from the Crowston’s in 1966 and on January 29, 1971, Porpoise Bay Provincial Park was established.
Conservation: Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is characterized by second-growth forest of Douglas fir, western cedar, western hemlock, maple and alder. The area also contains a waterway used by chum and coho salmon for spawning. There is also an estuary in the park that is home to many shore birds. Please keep a safe, respectful distance when viewing wildlife. Keep dogs on a leash at all times, and stay out of the creek.
- Management Planning Information
Approved Master Plan for Porpoise Bay Provincial Park [PDF 1MB]
This is not the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
Activities Available at this Park
Fishing is permitted, but it is hard to fish from shore as the water is shallow. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Enjoy the coolness of the lush forests along the trails beside Angus Creek. A bridge over the creek leads to the mudflats of the estuary where a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds can be observed. Harbour seals and bald eagles may be seen year-round.
Please keep a safe, respectful distance when viewing wildlife, and keep dogs on a leash. 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
Facilities Available at this Park
There is one group campsite that can accommodate from 15 to 50 people.
Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the Youth Group policy about Criteria for Youth Groups.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $80.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
This park has a day-use/picnic area with two picnic shelters that can be reserved. There is one change area in the toilet building, pit and flush toilets, and a sandy beach area. The day-use area can still be accessed if the gate is locked.