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Rugged Point Marine Provincial Park

“COUGAR WARNING” Rugged Point Provincial Park

BC Parks is advising the public that there was an unprovoked cougar attack in involving a park visitor on Sept. 11, 2014. The Conservation Officer Service has responded and the offending animal has not been witnessed in the park since that time.

The public is reminded that cougars may frequent camping and beach areas of the park, anytime. Normally, cougars are secretive and run away when encountering people. However, cougars can lose their fear for humans and may approach camping areas and hikers. It is extremely important to be aware of and use preventative measures when in cougar country to ensure your safety. If you encounter a cougar in the park please report the sighting and details to BC Conservation Office Service at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP)

Here is a link to information about visitor safety and cougars.

“Wolves” have also been known to frequent areas of the park

BC Parks is advising the public that there have been recent accounts of wolves frequenting areas of this park. Please use the following guidelines if you encounter a wolf. [PDF 29KB]

About This Park

Rugged Point Provincial 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.

Park Size: 308 hectares
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. This park is located on the west coast of northern Vancouver Island on the southwest end of Kyuquot Channel in the mouth of Kyuquot Sound. Access to this park is by water only from the Village of Kyuquot, Fair Harbour or the Artlish River boat launch. The closest communities are Kyuquot and Zeballos. Boaters can reference marine chart #3682 (Kyuquot Sound) 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

  • 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.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Rugged Point is popular with ocean kayakers and canoers. Typically, kayakers utilize the west-facing beaches because they are able to pull their kayaks right up on the sandy shore. The beach that faces Kyuquot Sound is more popular with the sail and motorboat crowd because of the semi-sheltered anchorage.
Fishing

Fishing

The waters around Rugged Point are popular with recreational anglers for salmon fishing. Sport fishers camping at Rugged Point must ensure their catch is stored in their boats at anchor overnight to avoid attracting black bears to the camping area. 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 is a short, maintained, five minute trail connecting the primary camping area to the west-facing beaches. 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

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

Swimming

There is no designated swimming area at this park. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Windsurfing

Windsurfing

The outer west-facing beaches of Rugged Point Marine Provincial Park have become quite popular for surfing. Visitors planning on surfing can make arrangements for water taxi services from Kyuquot or Zeballos.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

Campfires

While small fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. If you do have a fire, please utilize previously constructed fire rings and use small pieces of wood that will burn completely. If you can’t find a previously used site, try to construct your fire rings below the high tide mark. There is a fire ring located in front of the picnic shelter at the primary camping area facing Kyuquot Sound. Never leave your fire unattended and practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area with a pit toilet, fire ring and open-walled cooking/picnic shelter near the beach at the primary camping area facing Kyuquot Sound. A bear-proof food cache is located behind the picnic shelter.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park has one pit toilet, located at the primary camping area facing Kyuquot Sound.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

There is one designated wilderness campground in this park, with four individual tent platform sites. A shared cooking shelter and picnic table are close by. Random beach camping is allowed along the western beaches of the park. Visitors are discouraged from camping at the beach areas east of the designated camping area. This park is accessible year round. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

There is one designated wilderness campground in this park, with four individual tent platform sites. A shared cooking shelter and picnic table are close by. Random beach camping is allowed along the western beaches of the park. Visitors are discouraged from camping at the beach areas east of the designated camping area. This park is accessible year round. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.