Camping in the Broken Group Islands
- Parks Canada continues to monitor and adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Reservations for the 2021 visitor season will open in April 2021, as opposed to January, to allow additional time to monitor the pandemic and make any necessary changes to the campsites and experiences that can be reserved for the 2021 visitor season. This will also allow visitors to make their reservations closer to the date of travel and with more information to help plan their visit.
- No decisions have been made yet as to what may or may not be open for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s 2021 visitor season. Parks Canada is working with First Nations and surrounding communities to reduce the possible risk of COVID-19 transmission to these communities.
- All camping in the Broken Group Islands is prohibited for the 2020 Season.
- Through shared decision-making with local First Nations, Parks Canada concluded that it is not appropriate to facilitate overnight visits to the Broken Group Islands at this time. First Nations communities are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Indigenous people not only work as Beachkeepers in the Broken Group Islands - providing support and cultural information to visitors - they are also present on the land for cultural, ceremonial, or harvesting purposes. We respect that local Nations are committed to keeping their communities safe,and ask you to do the same.
- It is illegal to camp anywhere in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve without a valid camping permit, including the Broken Group Islands.
- Secret Beach Campground, Marina and Kayak Launch, in the Toquaht Nation Treaty Settlement lands, will remain closed for the entire 2020 season. Launching for trips into the Broken Group Islands will not be possible from here. Please respect Toquaht Nation’s efforts to protect the health and safety of their employees and community.
Visit the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve COVID-19 page for updates on park facilities and services
All camping in this area of the park reserve must be within designated camping areas located on Hand, Turret, Gibraltar, Willis, Dodd, Clarke and Gilbert Islands.
- Solar composting outhouses are provided at designated camping areas.
- Potable water is not available on the islands. Bring an adequate amount of freshwater with you. We recommend 4-6 litres per person, per day.
- There is no garbage pick-up. Store food and garbage securely while you are in the islands and pack it out at the end of your trip.
Beachkeepers patrolling the Broken Group Islands throughout the summer months maintain camping areas, provide information and interpretation services, check permits, and assist Parks Canada staff.
The peak visitation period for the Broken Group Islands is from July through August. Campers arriving in this period can expect to share camping areas with many other campers. To avoid the crowds of peak season try camping in May and June, or in September.
- Camp in designated areas and sites only.
- Maximum stay in the Broken Group Islands is 14 days.
- Maximum stay at each camping area is 4 nights.
- Maximum group size is 12. Groups larger than 12 people must split into smaller groups and occupy designated campsites on different islands.
- Dogs are not permitted unless they are service pets.
- Park wardens enforce camping regulations: violators will be evicted.
All visitors to Pacific Rim NPR are required to have a valid National Park Entry Pass at all times while they are visiting the national park reserve. The exception is youth (17 years of age and younger) who have free entry into all of Parks Canada's places. This means that in addition to requiring a valid Broken Group Islands Backcountry Camping Permit, all visitors 18 years of age and older are also required to have a valid National Park Entry Pass.
The revenue from national park entry fees remains within the Coastal BC Field Unit to support the services and facilities that all visitors enjoy (including campsite facilities and amenities, visitor safety, signs, programs, etc.). The Broken Group Islands Backcountry Camping Permits do not include the national park entry fees, so you need to have a valid camping permit and a valid National Park Entry Pass at all times.
Parks Canada continues to monitor and adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Reservations for the 2021 visitor season will open in April 2021, as opposed to January, to allow additional time to monitor the pandemic and make any necessary changes to the campsites and experiences that can be reserved for the 2021 visitor season. This will also allow visitors to make their reservations closer to the date of travel and with more information to help plan their visit.
No decisions have been made yet as to what may or may not be open for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s 2021 visitor season. Parks Canada is working with First Nations and surrounding communities to reduce the possible risk of COVID-19 transmission to these communities.
Anyone camping in the Broken Group Islands must have a backcountry camping permit. Backcountry camping permits are $10.02 per person per night from May through September. Backcountry camping permits are only available through the Parks Canada Reservation System. No spaces will be available for stand-by (first come first serve).
To reserve call 1-877-RESERVE or visit www.reservation.pc.gc.ca. Reservations are available on April 7, 2021 at 8 a.m. PDT. Payment can be made by VISA, MasterCard, or American Express.
When making a reservation, have the following ready:
- Preferred camping dates – first choice and alternate date
- Preferred camping locations – preferred and alternate islands
- Point of access location; where you will begin paddling from
- Number of campers in your group (maximum group size is 12)
- Email address to send confirmation and information to
- Means of payment: Visa, MasterCard or American Express
- Reservation fee: is non-refundable.
- Broken Group Islands backcountry camping permit:
- If you cancel a backcountry reservation at least 3 days prior to your scheduled day of arrival: you will receive a full refund less the original non-refundable reservation fee and the cancellation fee.
- If you cancel a reservation less than 3 days prior to your scheduled day of arrival, but before 2:00 p.m. on your scheduled day of arrival: you will receive a full refund less the original non-refundable reservation fee, the cancellation fee, plus the fees for the first night of backcountry camping.
*Fees are subject to change
- Reduce noise, this is a wilderness setting. Refrain from using generators, stereos or air compressors.
- Leave space between you and your neighbour.
- Cook away from neighbouring tents.
- Neither private nor guided groups may reserve campsites.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve staff strive to manage activities within the national park reserve to protect the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Your appropriate, respectful behaviour will not only lead to a safe and rewarding experience but will also contribute to a healthy, functioning ecosystem. Parks Canada, First Nations and visitors' collective actions will ultimately ensure that future generations can appreciate and enjoy this special place. When you leave a camping area, ensure the area is in at least as pristine a condition as when you found it.
- Use biodegradable soap.
- Use ropes (not nails) to hang tarps etc. Remove all ropes. Disassemble primitive furniture and structures before departing.
- Leave all vegetation as you find it. A rare lichen, the seaside centipede lichen, has been found in the Broken Group Islands. Breaking lower branches from trees could have a devastating impact on the species.
- Store food and garbage securely, either inside kayak hatches or in rodent and crow-proof containers. You are living with wildlife in the islands
- Pack out all garbage. There is no garbage pick-up in the Broken Group Islands.
- Use solar composting outhouses for bodily waste only. They are not compost piles for food scraps.
- Do not dig trenches around tents.
- Use a camp stove rather than a fire for cooking.
- Keep fires to a minimum, always below high tideline (never in the forest). Do not burn wood any thicker than your wrist and ensure the fire has burned out completely before you leave the area.
- Never abandon a fire: smouldering fires have ignited, burning the ancient rainforest in the islands.
- Assess the area for dangerous trees before setting up camp.
Campground hardening and rehabilitation
Parks Canada staff perform restoration work to protect exposed shell middens, bare roots and mineral soils on the campground islands. Please respect any fencing or signage you may encounter.