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Rock Bay Marine Provincial Park

About This Park

Rock Bay Marine Provincial Park, located northwest of Campbell River on Vancouver Island at the junction of Discovery Passage and Johnstone Strait, consists of foreshore only. All land-based operations near the park are private.

This area is an important destination area for marine recreation. An attractive waterfront, anchorage and boat launching area make this a good spot for boaters. Otter Cove on the eastern end of the park provides sheltered anchorage for small boats waiting to navigate the nearby tidal passes.

Activities in the park include excellent scuba diving and fishing, boating, paddling and wildlife viewing. This accessible park is located on Vancouver Island north of Campbell River between Elk Falls and Schoen Lake provincial parks.

Park Size: 525 hectares of water only

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Location and Maps

The park is a rocky headland and two adjacent bays on the east coast of Vancouver Island, approximately 40 km northwest of Campbell River at the junction of Discovery Passage and Johnstone Strait. The park is accessible by land or water. A logging road connects the park to Hwy 19. The closest communities are Kelsey Bay, Sayward, Campbell River and Quadra Island. Boaters can reference marine chart # 3539 and #3543 for more information on this area.

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

  • Conservation - This park protects marine ecosystems.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

This foreshore-only park offers good canoeing and kayaking opportunities.
Fishing

Fishing

Ocean 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.
Pets on Leash

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.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

The rich waters of Rock Bay Provincial Marine Park offer excellent SCUBA diving opportunities.