Parks

Quatse Campsite - New Management as of December 1, 2023

Quatse Campsite -  New Management as of December 1, 2023

Attention: All Residents of the North Island and visitors, as of December 1, 2023, Quatse Regional Campground reservation and operation services will be under the direct management of the Regional District of Mount Waddington. 

The Quatse campground will be open for camping from May 17, 2024 to September 30, 2024.

Reservations can be made online at Let's Camp (letscamp.ca/Quatse) and will open February 1, 2024 for bookings.

For any questions regarding Quatse Campground, please contact the Regional District at 250-956-3301.

The North Vancouver Island Salmon Enhancement Association will continue in their operations of the Quatse Hatchery and Salmon Centre.

NVISEA:  http://www.quatsehatchery.ca/nvisea

Stewardship Centre:  http://www.thesalmoncentre.org/index.php

Hatchery:  http://www.quatsehatchery.ca/index.php

PARKS

PARKS

BERE POINT - Reservations and Fees noted below

KWAKSISTAH CAMPSITES - No fees, first come, first camp

UPDATE Posted:  November 27, 2023

2024 Reservations for Bere Point will open February 1, 2024 at 8:30am (Pacific Standard Time)

For information regarding current Provincial Health Order travel restrictions, please click here

All RDMW managed Recreation Sites and Trails are open to the public.

If you are camping at Bere Point, please be aware of the following:

- Reservations are not required during our off season (Mid September to May long weekend), and no fees are charged, all sites are available on a first come, first served basis

- You may stay up to a maximum of 14 days (our Parks Department will be doing spot checks and verifying via license plates)

- Please pack out what you pack in as there is no caretaker on site, and garbage/recycling is an animal attractant

- Please review and follow the safety measures as per the link below

Safety measures will align with messaging from Recreation Sites and Trails BC:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/camping-hiking/sites-trails

Helpful guidelines can be found at BC Parks COVID 19 Visitor Guidelines bcparks/covid-19/docs/Camping-During-COVID 19

Please note:   All Reservations are subject to the 50% non-refundable deposit.

**BERE POINT GUESTS**  It is recommended that you visit Sointula's Community Website at: www.sointulainfo.ca  for current information, updates, and notices for Malcolm Island visitor guidelines, businesses, and services/organizations.

For inquiries, please call the RDMW Office phone at (250) 956-3301  or email:  info@rdmw.bc.ca

The Regional District of Mount Waddington is pleased to announce that our 2024 Campsite Reservations will open on February 1, 2024 at 8:30 am. (Pacific Standard Time) 

ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE A MINIMUM OF 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. If you arrive at Bere Point Regional Campsite without a reservation, please be prepared for the possibility that the campsite is full and you will need to seek alternate accommodations.

To make an online reservation at Bere Point on Malcolm Island please click this link (or type into your browser address bar) letscamp.ca/camps/bere-point-campground

For information on campfire safety, in-season bans & restrictions, please visit the following link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions   

The Regional District of Mount Waddington operates the Bere Point Regional Campsite on Malcolm Island. All reservations must be secured by payment of a deposit of 50% of the total nights staying for each site and each reservation (if booking multiple stays/sites).  Please note that the 50% deposit is non-refundable.

Effective January 01, 2024 campsite fees are as follows: 

Non-Waterfront Sites ........................................................................ $20 per night

(sites not deemed to have direct access to a body of water)

Limited Access Waterfront Sites ....................................................... $20 per night

(sites deemed to have direct access to a body of water and not accessible by recreational vehicles >6m)

Waterfront Recreational Vehicle Accessible Sites............................. $30 per night

(sites deemed to have direct access to a body of water and accessible by recreational vehicles >6m)

ALL RESERVATIONS ...................................................................... 50% deposit at time of booking

(non-refundable)

Reservation Changes ....................................................................... On-line – No Charge

Office - $12/per change/per site

Bere Point Campsite

Bere Point Campsite

Bere Point Regional Park & Campsite (Malcolm Island)

 **Please be sure to read COVID Notice at top of page under 'PARKS'**

Wilderness, whales and trails

 Bere Point Regional Park is owned by the Regional District of Mount Waddington and is located six kilometers from downtown Sointula. Signs will direct you from the ferry terminal. There are 30 campsites and a group tenting site nestled in the trees with the beach a stones throw away. You will see views of the Queen Charlotte Strait and the nearby snow-capped coastal mountains and occasionally you might see orca whales swimming by and maybe rubbing on the rocks at Bere Point. Catch the action from the whale watching platform.  Bere Point is also the start of the Beautiful Bay Trail.

There are two free picnic day use areas at Bere Point for public use. Outhouses are on-site but there is no potable running water, sewer or electrical service available at Bere Point campground.  Firewood may be available from on-site vendors while stocks last. From time to time there may be a fire ban imposed by Ministry of Forests, please be cautious and obey fire restrictions.

“ The Beautiful Bay Trail Can be accessed from the second day use parking area.”

Bere Point Brochure

Campsite Layout

Campsite Photos

To make your reservation online:  letscamp.ca/camps/bere-point-campground

ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE A MINIMUM OF 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. If you arrive at Bere Point Regional Campsite without a reservation, please be prepared for the possibility that the campsite is full and you will need to seek alternate accommodations.

For travellers with large, over-height, or over-length vehicles, BC Ferries offers an Experience card which may provide a fare discount. Please click here to be taken to BC Ferries website for more information about the Experience card

The quaint Finnish Village of Sointula has plenty to offer: local arts and crafts, watercolors, homemade soaps, restaurants, library, moorage, the Co-op, dry goods, gas bar, Museum and ATM.  Finnish settlers came to the island in the early 1900's naming the settlement "Sointula" which in Finnish means “harmony” and reflected the conscious decision of the homesteaders to live with such ideas as gender equality and contributions to community.

Bere Point is a very popular site during the summer and reservations are strongly recommended in advance especially for long weekends.  An attendant is on-site during the summer season.  Reservations can be made online at berepoint.letscamp.ca. Please see the Events Calendar for reservation opening date.

Link River Campsite Park - Under New Management by the Village of Port Alice

Link River Campsite Park - Under New Management by the Village of Port Alice

Please be advised that as of December 1, 2023 Link River Campsite will be managed by the Village of Port Alice.

Please contact the Village of Port Alice at 250-284-3391 or via email at info@portalice.ca

Alice Lake Recreation Loop

Alice Lake Recreation Loop

Northern Vancouver Island's Alice Lake Loop Tour offers one of the best opportunities in Canada to view features typical of a fascinating landform known as karst.  Named for a region in Europe's Balkans where it was first studied, karst is a landscape largely formed by water action in soluble bedrocks, notably gypsum and carbonates such as limestone and marble.  Please click the image to the right to view the map in more detail.

 

Promotion and maintenance of the Alice Lake Loop Recreational Corridor is a partnership between RDMW, Recreation Sites and Trails BC (Discovery Coast) and Western Forest Products.

Mount Cain Alpine Park (Skiing)

Mount Cain Alpine Park (Skiing)

Situated close to Woss, Mount Cain offers a unique experience to skiers, snowboarders and backcountry skiers. At Mount Cain you'll find deep powder, 21 runs, with 1499 vertical feet of terrain.

 

 

Mount Cain has the highest base elevation of any coastal ski hill in BC, Alaska and Washington State. Its peak elevation is second only to Whistler.

 

Mount Cain is located near Schoen Lake Provincial Park and is run by the non-profit Mount Cain Alpine Park Society, Vancouver Island's only community owned and operated ski hill.

 

Mount Cain Website:  http://www.mountcain.com/

 

From December to March each season, Mount Waddington Transit runs the Woss/Mount Cain Connector Service on Saturdays from Port Hardy/Port McNeill/Hyde Creek to the Woss Store where it connects with the Mount Cain Shuttle.

 

For matters of booking, management and operational running of the ski hill and accommodations, Mount Cain Alpine Park Society are the first point of contact. The Regional District should typically be contacted/ consulted in its capacity as tenure holder of the park.

Tex Lyon Trail (Hiking)

Tex Lyon Trail (Hiking)

**PLEASE NOTE:  NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING**

The map to the right shows the location and landmarks of the Tex Lyon Trail from Beaver Harbour to Dillon Point.

If you're looking for a challenging coastal hiking experience with a taste of forest and rocky seashore, you'll enjoy this seven kilometre recreational trail.

 

Situated on the shores of Beaver Harbour, Tex Lyon Trail leads you to Dillon Point and provides the adventurous hiker with a panoramic view of Queen Charlotte Strait and the historic village of Fort Rupert.

 

Picnic tables, barbecues and rest places are offered along the way and at Dillon Point, where boaters too can find access to the trail and enjoy a pleasant day on the beach.

 

Commencing at the boat launch at Beaver Harbour Park, the trail continues in the trees behind the rock bluff, beyond the residential area at the end of a sandy beach. Hikers are asked to leave their vehicles in the parking lot provided at the park, and to watch the tides carefully when rounding the rock bluff. In other words, be sure to time your hike on an outgoing tide.

 

You'll see a variety of bird and marine life along the trail, and encounter typical B.C. coastal undergrowth, large spruce, cedar and hemlock trees. Signs point the way to Dillon Point, and a quiet refuge, "Basket Eaters' Cove," marks the midway point along the route.

 

High points along the trail offer a scenic vista of the offshore islands where native wildflowers abound in spring. And the sharp-eyed hiker should be on the lookout for bald headed eagles and osprey that nest in the area.

 

Construction of this challenging recreational hiking trail was sponsored by the Regional District of Mount Waddington and funded by a Job Strategy Grant from Employment and Immigration Canada. The Provincial Social Services and Housing Ministry supplied crew members to build the trail, and the Port Hardy Lions Club assisted in construction, and will maintain the trail for the enjoyment of residents and visitors for years to come.

 

This trail is for the rugged hiker. While a round trip can be done in eight hours, we recommend that you allow 12 hours for a return trip, and that you watch for tides.

 

Consult your tide book, be sure to wear sturdy footwear and to dress for the weather. Happy trails!

Fire Hazards/Restrictions

Fire Hazards/Restrictions

Coastal Fire Centre    https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status

 

OPEN BURNING AND CAMPFIRES MAY BE PROHIBITED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA DURING THE SUMMER SEASON

For more information, please click HERE

Whether in a park, recreation site or around town, it is important for the general public to review and understand these important restrictions and definitions on fires.

 NEW

The Coastal Fire Centre has discontinued use of the Fog Zone concept. Please see the BC Wildfire Service Community Bulletin for more information.

 

Fire Restrictions

 

Beach Fires

Campfires

New Campfire Definitions

Open Burning Prohibitions

 

To Report A Wildfire

 

Call Toll-Free 1‑800‑663‑5555  OR *5555 on most cellular networks