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Quatsino Provincial Park

  • Access to Quatsino Provincial Park is either by boat or by active logging roads. Logging trucks have the right of way; drivers should use caution.
 

About This Park

Quatsino Provincial Park offers some of the most scenic protected coastline in the Quatsino Sound area. This undeveloped park protects some of the largest old-growth trees that texture Quatsino’s rich coastline. Situated along the popular Quatsino Sound kayak touring route, this park can be used by visitors as an overnight stopover or as a scenic place to enjoy a picnic.

Interior areas of Quatsino Provincial Park encompass a wilderness lake where visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. People visiting Koprino Lake are advised to use caution when approaching the lake as there is no maintained trail system to gain access.

Quatsino Provincial Park is primarily a marine-access recreational park. There are no established campsites or maintained trails within the park. Overnight camping is recommended only at the adjacent estuary campsites. This is a wilderness park that is not regularly patrolled. Please practice no trace camping while visiting the park.

Park Size: 654 hectares

Special Notes:

  • There are no vehicle-accessible camping facilities at this park. A small campsite managed by Western Forest Products Ltd. Is located in nearby Koprino Harbour. The site has 10 campsites complete with fire rings, picnic tables and a pit toilet.
  • Only surface water from streams or from Kaprino Lake is available, which must be boiled, filtered or treated prior to consumption. Alternatively, bring your own water.
  • This park does not have a boat launch. Boat launches in the vicinity of Quatsino Park can be found in Winter Harbour, Coal Harbour and Port Alice.

Stay Safe:

  • Access to Quatsino Provincial Park is either by boat or by active logging road. Logging trucks have the right of way; drivers should use caution. People visiting Koprino Lake are advised to use caution when approaching the lake as there is no maintained trail system to gain access.
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Location and Maps

Quatsino Park is located on the west coast of northern Vancouver Island on the north side of Quatsino Sound. The park can be accessed by following the active forestry road between Port Hardy and Holberg. Once in Holberg, follow the Koprino Bay Main, and then turn left onto Simpson Main. From there turn right onto the S 200 road until you reach the park boundary (approximately 30 km from Holberg).

Marine travelers can launch their boats at neighbouring Koprino Harbour, which is accessible at the end of the Koprino Main road. Alternately they could launch from Winter Harbour, Coal Harbour or Port Alice.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

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Nature and Culture

  • History - Quatsino Provincial Park was established on July 12, 1995 as part of Vancouver Island Land Use Plan to protect its high ecological and wildlife values.
  • Cultural Heritage - Archaeological sites and middens are situated within this park’s boundaries.
  • Conservation - This undeveloped park protects mature forest, some small lakes, the Koprino Harbour, which is a sheltered inlet, and the Koprino River estuary, which is noted for its critical fish-rearing and waterfowl habitat. The park also protects nesting and feeding habitat that is used by a high concentration of Bald eagles.
  • Quatsino Provincial Park is part of the very wet maritime Coastal Western Hemlock (CWHvm1) biogeoclimatic zone variant within the Nahwitti Lowlands Ecosection.
  • Wildlife - Black bears are very common in Quatsino Provincial Park, as are coastal black-tailed deer and cougars.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information

The approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan (pdf).

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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

This park is occasionally used by kayakers. There are several good haul-outs for kayaks and canoes; however, there are no facilities.
Cycling

Cycling

There are no opportunities for cycling in this park.
Fishing

Fishing

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.
Hiking

Hiking

There are no developed trails at this park.
Hunting

Hunting

Portions of this park are open to hunting for specific species. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations and Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash and under control all times. 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. Pet owners should ensure their dogs do not enter streams used for drinking water as they can be carriers of Giardia. Please water your pet well away from drinking water sources.

Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Swimming

Swimming

Ocean swimming. There is no lifeguards in provincial parks.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

Campfires

While fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. If you must use a campfire, please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. Most visitors choose to camp on the beach at Quatsino. Campers must be totally self-sufficient; no fee is charged.