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Saltery Bay Provincial Park
About This Park
Saltery Bay Provincial Park was established in 1962 to provide ocean access on the Sunshine Coast of Georgia Strait. The park is divided into two separate sites: the campground and the day-use area. The day-use area with its rocky beaches is a popular swimming and picnic site. Lush forests with large, old trees create a quiet setting for the campground at Mermaid Cove. At low tide, the rocky shoreline often has tidal pools with starfish, sea urchins, small fish and crabs. Scuba diving provides a close-up look at the abundant marine life and a 3-metre bronze mermaid statue.
The Emerald Princess statue and wheelchair access ramp were placed in the park through efforts of local scuba enthusiasts. From the shore, killer whales and sea lions can sometimes be seen.
Mounds of seashells called “middens” indicate that this was a traditional gathering area for First Nations.
Established Date: December 4, 1962
Park Size: 69 hectares
- Scuba divers will find a 9 ft. bronze mermaid at 10 fathoms in front of Mermaid Cove. There is also a change room and shower facilities. A disabled access ramp for scuba divers is best used during high tide. There is also a disabled change room, shower and toilet.
Know Before You Go
- The rocks along the shoreline can be slippery at low tide; please use caution while on these rocks.
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.
The campground is approximately 1 km north of Saltery Bay ferry terminal on Hwy 101,27 km south of Powell River.
The day-use area is located 1.5 km north of the Saltery Bay campground on Hwy 101; from there you can launch your boat or have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful view.
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: Named for the fish saltery that was nearby in the early 1900’s. The shallow offshore waters in the vicinity of this park offer an assortment of marine life, underwater caves and shipwrecks which attract divers from all over the world.
- Cultural Heritage: First Nations people played a significant cultural role in the history of the Powell River area. Mounds of seashells called “middens” indicate that this was a traditional gathering area for First Nations.
- Wildlife: An abundance of marine life is found in the ocean area around the park. At low tide you will often find tidal pools that harbour urchins, star fish, small fish, and small crabs. Please do not disturb their habitat.
- Management Planning Information
- Master plan for Saltery Bay Provincial Park [PDF 1.33MB]
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.