Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park

 

Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park is one of the few parks in British Columbia offering both marine and vehicle-accessible camping. At this location, visitors can enjoy the beautiful setting and the relaxed atmosphere of Galiano Island. There are 25 vehicle accessible campsites located in a forested area, and 15 walk-in sites situated amongst arbutus trees on the bluff overlooking Montague Harbour. Visitors arriving by boat can take advantage of the mooring buoys found at Montague Harbour. This park has a beautiful white shell beach excellent for swimming, sunbathing and exploring the rich tidal pools that may contain brightly coloured sea stars, anemones, barnacles, and mussels. The beach also features an important archaeological site: the 3000-year old middens, mounds of seashells left by indigenous inhabitants that lived in this area. Galiano Island is a delightful place to visit for naturalists and bird watchers as it has a unique climate and ecology and is home to many rare and protected plants and more than 130 species of birds.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping Group Camping - - Picnic Areas Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - - Boat Launch Wheel Chair Accessibility Beach Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - - Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - - - - Wildlife Watching - - - - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 40, reservable: 28, nearest town: Sturdies Bay (8 km)

Additional Information

Location

This park is located on the southwest side of Galiano Island 8 km north of Sturdies Bay. BC Ferries provides vehicle and passenger service to Sturdies Bay from Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island and from Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver. The park is located on Montague Park Road; follow signs to the park from the ferry terminal. Boaters can reference marine chart #3442, #3462, #3463 and #3473 for more information on this area.

Contact Information

K2 Park Services Ltd.
E-mail address: k2parks@shaw.ca
Phone/Fax: (250) 539-2115
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite.

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $19.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $9.50 per senior couple / night.

Winter Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $10.00 per party / night.

Walk-in / Cycle-in Frontcountry Camping Fee: $19.00 per party / night.

Mooring (to buoy) Fee: $10.00 per vessel / night.

Dock Facilities Use Fee: $2.00 per metre / night

 

Operation Dates

This park is open for camping year round, but no amenities such as water and firewood are provided during the winter season.

Campground dates with full fees and services: March 15 – October 31. Campground reservable dates: May 12 - September 6.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 25 vehicle accessible campsites located within the forested area, adjacent to the beach and day use area.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

15 walk-in/cycle in sites are available to the left as you enter the park, above the parking lot near the wharf. These sites are situated in the forest above Montague Harbour. Campsite reservations are accepted for all 15 walk-in sites.

Group Camping

Group Camping

There is one walk-in group campsite at this park, located behind the walk-in sites and overlooking the lagoon. There are two wood-burning stoves and a stand-up barbeque for the group use. Please call 1-250-539-2115 to reserve the group campsite. Group Camping Fee: $19.00 per party / night. Youth Group Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area. As you enter the park, head straight past the drive-in campsites to an open grassy field beside the boat launch. Picnic tables and pit toilets can be found in the day-use area. Day-use Area Vehicle Parking Fee: $1.00 per vehicle / hour to a maximum of $3.00 per vehicle per day. Group Picnicking Fee: $50.00 per group.

Campfires

Campfires

This park has campfire time restrictions. Cooking fires are allowed from 7:00 am - 9:00 am; 11:00 am - 1:00 pm; and 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Small campfires are permitted after 7:00 pm. Visitors must use campfire rings, which are provided at each campsite. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. During the camping season, firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Water is available from March 1 to October 31. This water is treated and safe to drink.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

This park has a boat launch, located at the north end of the park; follow the main road past the drive-in campsites. Dock facilities and mooring buoys are located within Montague Harbour and are accessible from the south. Boats can also anchor in Montague Harbour. Mooring (to buoy) Fee: $10.00 per vessel / night. Dock Facilities Use Fee: $2.00 per metre / night.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Saltwater/ocean fishing is permitted, subject to closures. A permanent shellfish closure is in effect due to poor water quality within Montague Harbour. 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.

Hiking

Hiking

There are a variety of well-maintained walking trails in Montague Harbour Provincial Marine Park. Routes lead along Shell Beach and around Gray Peninsula. These easy trails offer spectacular views of the surrounding islands, local marine life and wildlife.

Swimming

Swimming

This park offers ocean swimming opportunities; however the water is very cold. Bring good footwear for the gravel beach.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

This parks offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities for more experienced paddlers. Paddlers should be aware of ocean currents and check weather forecasts before heading out. Montague Harbour is both a destination and a starting off point for kayakers wanting to explore the Gulf Islands.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways and are not permitted on trails.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

Visitors can explore the rich tidal pools that may contain sea stars, anemones, mussels, and barnacles.

User Reviews

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Submitted by Guest on June 28, 2009

 

User Images

Interesting stone formations along the shore

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Jun 28, 2009

BC Ferries passing by

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Jun 28, 2009

Arbutus trees that grow along the shore

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Jun 28, 2009

White beaches are common at Montague Harbour

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Jun 28, 2009

Walk-in campsite overlooking the ocean

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Jun 28, 2009

Sunsets in this park are magnificent

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Jun 28, 2009

Sunsets in this park are magnificent

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Jun 28, 2009

Boat camping lagoon

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Jun 28, 2009

Sea stars on the shore

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Jun 28, 2009

Sea stars on the shore

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Jun 28, 2009

 

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