|Type: Boat Access Only Wilderness Camping
Open: Year round
Toilets: None, Leave no Trace
Potable Water: No
Pets: Yes, on leash
Garbage: Pack it out
Fire Pit: No, Leave no Trace (Check for fire ban)
|Description: The unique geography of Brooks Peninsula offers everything from inter-tidal marine life to a sub-alpine mountain environment. This peninsula is distinctive in that it is the only part of Vancouver Island unaffected by the last ice age. Today, this coastal glacial refugium is home to a variety of rare plant species and unique geologic formations, providing unparalleled opportunities for scientific study.
Things to Do:
Boating - The waters around Mquqᵂin / Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park offer world-class kayaking and canoeing. Opportunities for relatively sheltered paddling exist from Columbia Cove east to Nasparti and Ououkinsh Inlets and Johnson Lagoon. Paddlers wishing to explore Johnson Lagoon should be very aware of tidal fluctuations and dangerous currents around the mouth of the lagoon. These areas of the park are more suitable for beginner to intermediate kayakers. For the more adventurous ocean kayaker, journeys around Brooks Peninsula are possible.
Fishing - Salt water fishing is popular in this park, particularly for salmon, rockfish and halibut. Power Lake, accessed via Ououkinsh Inlet, offers opportunities for fresh water fishing.
Hiking - Brooks Peninsula, relatively free from human disturbance and development, does not offer many inland trails. Natural coastal trails allow you to explore 15 km of coastline where you will find old native village sites, glass balls, sea caves, spectacular rivers and massive spruce trees.
Columbia Cove Trail
From Columbia Cove there is a primitive trail along the south side of Brooks Peninsula to the most easterly beach on the south coast of the peninsula. Be sure to wear gumboots if there has been recent rain due to the wet sections. There are quite a few fallen trees to go under and it takes 15 to 20 minutes. The trailhead is at the Park Sign at south end of the drying part of Columbia Cove. A great, secluded sandy beach is your reward to making the 20 minute journey. From this beach more adventurous explorers can link a series of high tide routes between headlands. These will eventually end up near the westerly tip of Brooks Peninsula.
Jackobson Creek to Amos Creek
From Jackobson there was a short section of trail around a headland to a beach and then along a rough shelf to the point by Amos Creek. The shore from there is good for a few kilometres but then gets very rough and steep.
Circumnavigation of Brooks Peninsula
One team Port McNeil, who flew into the north end, hiked the entire shoreline of Brooks Peninsula found 3 glass balls, one as big as a basketball, on various beaches throughout Brooks Peninsula. Bushwhacking was required inland around some impassable headlands.
East Creek Trail
There is an ancient trail through a gnarly old yellow cedar forest near the East Creek estuary. It's likely that it's human-made as it follows so directly along the easiest route over the lay of the land. The trail has been well maintained since the last human passage, perhaps 200 years ago, by animal traffic. Ancient footpaths in the coastal forests may have connected to an old village site on the north Brooks Peninsula. It's possible that it once connected East Creek to Tsowenachs and in ancient times, when the path was well worn, it is estimated a good runner could cover the distance in a day. The trail passes through a grove of enormous red cedars, one of which measures14 ft. diameter. That could make it the 8th largest cedar tree on the planet. This huge tree has a hollow burnt-out centre which has standing headroom inside for at least ten people.
Hunting - Portions of this park are open to hunting for specific species.
Rules: BC Parks Policy. Practice Leave no Trace and BC Backcountry Camping Ethics
Operated by: BC Provincial Parks
Number of Sites: 0
Map: Park Map
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