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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada

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Shingle Bay - Camping History in the Making!

Shingle Bay Shingle Bay
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Opening in 2015, Shingle Bay is Gulf Islands National Park Reserve’s brand new camping destination! Situated just a few minutes south of the Otter Bay BC Ferry terminal on North Pender Island, this spectacular waterfront location includes ten backcountry campsites with breathtaking views of Captain Passage and nearby islets. The sheltered bay along with its fine gravel beach is ideal for accessing the site by kayak. A small parking area is available from Shingle Bay Road with a short .24 km trail access to the campsites. Visitors can also easily enjoy the picturesque Roe Lake loop trail, a mere 10 minute jaunt from the parking area.

Shingle Bay was also once the site of a fish reduction plant that operated intermittently between 1927 and 1959. The Pender Island Fish Products Company built and operated the plant, which was an important part of the local economy and employed up to 20 people. Fish remains from neighbouring canneries were barged here to be rendered into oil, fish meal, and fertilizer. A fire destroyed the plant in 1940, temporarily forcing it to close. Although rebuilt in 1947, another fire in 1959 closed the plant for good. The fish plant was supported by the store and gas service at nearby Roesland. Click here for more information about camping in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

Parks Canada Xplorers

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Are you planning a family vacation and wondering how to keep the kids busy and happy? Become an Xplorer, experience and have fun!

What is it about?

Are your children curious, bright, and active? Do they like challenges? Are they budding artists, dreamers or promising journalists? Then they are a perfect candidate to become a Parks Canada Xplorer.

When you arrive at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, your children will receive an Xplorers booklet filled with fun activities that will guide your discovery at the park reserve.

When the kids have completed the requested number of activities they will be recognized as an official Xplorer with a certificate and a special collectible souvenir! More information on this exciting new activity here!

Nature Calling! Explora Trail Apps

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We are adding new trails at various locations throughout the park reserve on our Explora App experience this summer! Stay tuned for details later this spring. Not familiar with Explora? Check-out this great outdoor activity for your gadget-addicted family here.

Hike a peaceful lakeside trail

Roe Lake Roe Lake
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Enjoy the new trail extension at Roe Lake on North Pender Island – coming this season. You will be able to hike around the entire lake and take in the spectacular views! Learn More!