The park is remote and access is difficult. Visitors should be prepared for variable water and weather conditions. Boaters may tie up to shore during good weather, but there is no dock or secure anchorage. Please use holding tanks: do not dispose of sewage in the park's waters.
Sir Alexander Mackenzie Provincial Park
About This Park
Sir Alexander Mackenzie Provincial Park is a small coastal park near Elcho Harbour on Dean Channel. The park is located at the westernmost point in the journey of Alexander Mackenzie where, in reddish paint made of vermilion and bear grease, he wrote on a rock: "Alex Mackenzie from Canada by land 22nd July 1793."
The rock, near the water's edge, still bears his words, which were permanently inscribed in the rock later by surveyors.
Recreational use of the park is limited to one-day excursions by air or boat. The park may also mark the end of an extensive backcountry hiking or horseback riding journey along the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage (Grease) Trail, which travels through Kluskoil and South Tweedsmuir Provincial Parks. Note: in order to reach the park, hikers must still travel the last segment of the journey by boat, as did Sir Alexander Mackenzie. Anchorage at the historical rock is poor and exposed to high winds. Temporary anchorage is possible in the cove immediately to the west of the point; again, it is shallow and exposed, and suitable only in settled weather. Better protection is found at the head of Elcho Harbour, two miles farther west. There are campsites a short distance northeast of the point (not in the park).
Park Size: 5 hectares
Location and Maps
The park is located near Elcho Harbour, approximately 65 km northwest of Bella Coola, on Dean Channel. Use is limited to day-excursions by air, or boat charter from Bella Coola or Bella Bella. Please refer to the BC Marine Parks Guide for more information. The Canadian Hydrographic Chart is number 3729. The closest communities to the park are Bella Coola and Ocean Falls.