Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF 79KB].
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Sulphur Passage Provincial Park

About This Park

Sulphur Passage Provincial Park is situated in the northeast portion of Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Known as the Upper Shelter area, the park is nestled between Flores Island and the Megin River watershed and encompasses Obstruction Island and coastal upland strips of Sulphur Passage and Shelter Inlet - a popular kayaking destination.

This undeveloped wilderness area is a great place to see wildlife, including whales and other marine mammals and a variety of birds. The park protects old-growth Sitka spruce forests, a fjord and an estuary. The estuary - a sensitive and biologically productive marine ecosystem - supports large numbers of birds, fish and intertidal creatures. Access to this undeveloped park is by boat only.

Kayaking is popular in Shelter Inlet.

Date Established: July 12, 1995

Park Size: 2,232 hectares (1,235 hectares of upland and 997 hectares of foreshore)

Stay Safe: Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park. All surface water must be boiled, filtered or treated prior to consumption.
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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. Known as the Upper Shelter area, Sulphur Passage Park is situated in the northeast portion of Clayoquot Sound, between Flores Island and the Megin River watershed on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Access to the park is by boat only. Boaters can reference marine chart #3674 for more information about this area.
Nearby communities include: Tofino, Ucluelet, Ahousat, Flores Island

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 - Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations heritage sites are located in the park.
  • Conservation - The park encompasses Obstruction Island, Hayden Passage, and a coastal strip of Sulphur Passage and Shelter Inlet. The park protects a fjord, an estuary, old-growth Sitka spruce forests and salmon spawning habitat.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Sulphur Passage Provincial Park is a very scenic and popular spot kayaking destination. Paddlers will be inspired by the majestic old-growth forest, as well as the variety of wildlife that can be spotted from the park.
Fishing

Fishing

The waters of Clayoquot Sound may contain a variety of fish species, including salmon, rockfish, halibut and lingcod. 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.
Swimming

Swimming

There is no designated swimming area at this park however there are opportunities for swimming. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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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 use small pieces of wood that will burn completely. Build your fires below the high tide mark. Never leave your fire unattended and practice Leave No Trace camping ethics.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided and there is no fee.
Sulphur Passage Park is accessible year round; there is no winter backcountry camping fee at this time.