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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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Thurston Bay Marine

About This Park

Thurston Bay Marine Thurston Bay Marine Provincial Park is located on the northwest side of Sonora Island in th Johnstone Strait. The park provides sheltered anchorage and recreational opportunities for boaters traveling the popular Inside Passage. Thurston Bay Marine Park has two separate portions – one bordering and taking up part of Thurston Bay and the other bordering Cameleon Harbour.

Access to the park is by boat only. There are no developed facilities at the park, although random camping is allowed. Visitors can go swimming, fishing, hiking or paddling, or explore the small, pretty beaches dotting the rocky shoreline. An unmaintained trail leads to Florence Lake, ideal for peaceful swimming, fishing and paddling.

Established Date: April 23, 1970

Park Size: 531 hectares (320 hectares of upland and 211 hectares of foreshore)
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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. Thurston Bay Marine Provincial Park is located on the northwest side of Sonora Island, in Johnstone Strait off the east coast of central Vancouver Island. This park is accessible by boat only. Boaters can reference marine chart #3539 and #3543 from 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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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park. Kayakers can explore Cameleon Harbour, Handfield Bay, Block Island and Anchorage Lagoon, as well as a number of other interesting islets and coves in and around Thurston Bay Park. Paddlers can also head to Florence Lake.
Fishing

Fishing

Various species of salmon and rock fish can be found in the waters around Thurston Bay. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. Rockfish Conservation Areas occur within this park. Fishing activities are limited in Rockfish Conservation Areas. Before you go fishing please refer to the Rockfish Conservation Area descriptions available from Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hunting

Hunting

Portions of this park are open to hunting for waterfowl only. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations and Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Pets/domestic animals must be under control at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Swimming

Swimming

Ocean swimming. There is no designated swimming area at this park. 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, 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. Never leave your fire unattended and practice “Leave No Trace”.
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. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics. This park is accessible year round; there is no winter camping fee.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided and there is no fee. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics. This park is accessible year round; there is no winter camping fee.