Rugged Point Marine Provincial Park
About This Park
Rugged Point Marine Provincial Park, located on the west coast of northern Vancouver Island, is a must-see destination for boaters traveling this area. Accessible by boat only, Rugged Point is home to one of the most beautiful stretches of shoreline on the entire west coast and offers spectacular views of the open Pacific Ocean and Kyuquot Sound. Its quiet, protected beaches on the north side of the peninsula are a sharp contrast to the wild, surf-swept beaches of the outer coast. A variety of safe places to anchor at Rugged Point make this park a popular destination for boaters. In bad weather, more sheltered anchorages can be found in nearby Dixie Cove, located 5 miles to the east.
Inland, visitors will find old-growth forest with majestic Douglas fir trees, which adds to the scenic value of this undeveloped park. There are opportunities for walk-in wilderness camping here, as well as a small day-use/picnic area with a pit toilet, bear-proof food cache and an open-walled cooking/picnic shelter near the beach. Kapoose Creek runs through the park to empty into the Pacific, providing a supply of fresh water for boaters and campers.
Established Date: August 10, 1989
Park Size: 349 hectares (162 hectares of upland and 187 hectares of foreshore)
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Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage: Rugged Point Marine Provincial Park lies within the traditional territory of the Ehattesaht First Nation and is also adjacent to the Kyuquot/Checleset First Nation territory. Visitors are encouraged to contact the Kyuquot/Checleset First Nation band office in Kyuquot prior to exploring Rugged Point Park.