Saltery Bay Provincial Park

 

Getting to Saltery Bay Provincial Park from Vancouver is a pleasant experience in itself, as it involves two scenic 50-minute ferry rides and an 80-km drive along the picturesque Sunshine Coast Highway. The campground is located just 1 km north of the Saltery Bay ferry terminal. A separate day-use area, with a wonderful rocky beach, is located a further 1.5 km to the north. This park is very popular with scuba divers, who have an opportunity to observe the abundant sea life in its natural habitat and to take a look at a 3-metre underwater statue of a mermaid. For non-divers, there is a variety of other recreation pursuits available at this location. Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and hiking can all be enjoyed at this park and in the surrounding area.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - - - - Picnic Areas Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water RV Sani Station - - Boat Launch Wheel Chair Accessibility Beach Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

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

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 42, reservable: 15, nearest town: Powell River (27 km)

Additional Information

Location

The campground is approximately 1 km north of Saltery Bay ferry terminal on Hwy 101, 27 km south of the town of Powell River on the Sunshine Coast.

The day-use area with a rocky beach and a boat launch is located 1.5 km north of the Saltery Bay campground on Hwy 101.

Contact Information

Swens Contracting
E-mail address: info@sunshinecoastparks.com
Phone: (604) 885-3714
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite.

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $7.50 per senior couple/night.

No fee to camp during the off-season.

Operation Dates

This park is open for camping year round, but no services such as water and firewood are provided during the off-season. Campground dates with full fees and services: May 12 – September 15.Campground reservable dates: May 12 – September 15.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 42 vehicle accessible campsites, including 2 double sites. Campsites are located under mature forest canopy. There is room for two vehicles at each site and extra parking is available for a fee. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area located 1.5 km from the campgrounds. There is a concrete boat ramp, hand pump for water, grassy area, large paved parking lot and two wheelchair accessible pit toilets. The beach is mostly rocky with some sandy areas at high tide. No fires are permitted in the day-use area.

Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are permitted in designated fire rings only. There is a fire ring in each campsite. Firewood is available for purchase once daily at approximately 6pm for a cost of $6 per bundle or you can bring your own wood.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

There are 5 water taps located throughout the campground and a hand pump located in the day-use area. Taps/hand pumps are shut off during the off-season.

RV Sani Station

RV Sani Station

The sani-station is located near the campground entrance. Sani-station Use Fee: $2.00 per discharge.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a concrete boat launch in the day-use area 1.5 km north of the campground; double ramp and tie up groin; no closures, parking for trailers available. Overnight parking is available at the owner's risk. Boats cannot be left in the water or beached overnight.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

There are 2 wheelchair accessible pit toilets in the campground, 1 at Mermaid Cove and 2 at the day-use site. A disabled access ramp for scuba divers is best used during high tide at Mermaid Cove. All campsites are accessible to wheelchairs although there are no other facilities.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

There is good tidal fishing at this park.

Hiking

Hiking

The Mermaid Cove Trail starts at the bridge over Park Creek near the entrance to the Campground. It is an easy 1 km hike through 90-year old second growth stand of forest. Some sections of the trail traverses short sections of rocky out crops where footing may be slippery. The trail is for hiking only and is not suitable for wheel chairs.

Swimming

Swimming

Good summer swimming in the ocean is available. There is no designated or roped-off swimming area. The beach is quite rocky with some sandy areas at high tide at the day-use site.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are excellent scuba diving opportunities. Scuba diving provides a close-up look at the abundant marine life and a 3-metre bronze mermaid statue. The Emerald Princess statue and wheelchair access ramp were placed in the park through efforts of local scuba enthusiasts. There is a diver change house and cold showers are available. Scuba rentals are available in Powell River approximately 27 km north.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking is possible in the ocean; know the ocean currents.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. There are no specific bicycle trails at this park.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

There are opportunities to view seals, otters, mink, seabirds and bald eagles at this shoreline park.

User Reviews

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

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