Hesquiat Peninsula

Type: Boat Access Only Wilderness Camping

Open: Year round

Fees: None

Reservations: No

Toilets: None, Leave no Trace
Showers: No
Potable Water:  No, water is available from streams but must be boiled, filtered, or treated
Pets: Yes, on leash
Garbage: Pack it out
Fire Pit: No, Leave no Trace (Check for fire ban)
Hydro: No
Sanidump: No
Accessible: No
Description: The name ‘Hesquiat’ is derived from the Nuu-chah-nulth word ‘heish-heish-a’, meaning to tear with the teeth. This refers to the technique for stripping off herring spawn from the eel grass around the shore of Hesquiat Village. Hesquiat Peninsula Provincial Park is situated on the west coast of Vancouver Island and occupies most of the eastern shore of Nootka Sound. This park is a significant tourism corridor for rugged coastal hiking, boating and sea kayaking and is home to the heritage attraction known as Cougar Annie’s Garden. Kayaking and hiking along the shores of the Hesquiat Peninsula is recommended for experienced paddlers and hikers only.

Things to Do: 

Boating - Kayaking along the shores of the exposed Hesquiat Peninsula is recommended for experienced paddlers only. Most of the kayaking is done within Hesquiat Harbour. Kayakers can launch at the First Street Dock in Tofino. Charter boats can also be hired to transport kayaks to this area. Due to the park’s exposure, canoeing is not recommended.

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

Hiking - There are no developed trails at this park, but coastal hiking opportunities do exist, and a number of hardy souls hike from the top of the peninsula (Escalante Point) to Boat Basin every summer. This coastal route is about 50 km along the beaches and over rocks, crossing creeks and deep surge channels along the way. It takes between 4 and 5 days to complete.

Hunting - Portions of this park are open to hunting for specific species. Hunters must have valid licences and tags.

Windsurfing - Hesquiat Peninsula Provincial Park is a popular destination for surfers. Tour companies offer surf trips from Tahsis and Tofino.

Rules: BC Parks Policy. Practice Leave no Trace and BC Backcountry Camping Ethics

Operated by: BC Provincial Parks

Number of Sites: 0

Map: Park Area Map
Campsite map on page 4

Website: BC Parks

Search for Hesquit Peninsula on the Interactive Google Map


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