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Penrose Island Marine Provincial Park
About This Park
This park's land includes an attractive archipelago of small coves and narrow channels, excellent for kayak and dinghy exploration. The excellent anchorages and interesting beaches provide ideal conditions for nature viewing, diving and fishing. There is a network of narrow channels and sand and white shell beaches along the southwest shoreline. Scuba diving, kayaking, and fishing are popular pursuits.
Know Before You Go
- Parts of this park are exposed to the winds and weather of the Pacific Ocean, especially when the wind is blowing from the southwest. Listen to broadcasts of marine weather forecasts and warnings, and do not venture onto the outer coast in small boats, dinghies or kayaks during stormy weather or after storms when swells can remain high for days.
- Do not harvest clams or other bivalves. The entire coastal area including this park is closed to harvest of bivalves due to the presence of red tide, which can lead to paralytic shellfish poisoning.
- This park is used by the Owikeeno Nation for traditional shellfish gathering. Mariners must use their own holding tanks while visiting the park.
Penrose Island Marine Provincial Park is 86 km north of Port Hardy at the entrance to Rivers Inlet and the south end of Fitz Hugh Sound. Refer to Canadian Hydrographic Chart 3921. Enter from Klaquek Channel into sheltered anchorages on the east side of the island. Access is by boat only. Rivers Inlet is the nearest supply centre. There you can purchase gas, diesel and supplies.
Nature and Culture
- History - This park was designated in 1982.
- Cultural Heritage - The park is in the traditional territory of Oweekeno First Nation.
Wildlife - As you cruise through the waters near the park, watch for orcas, humpback whales, Pacific white sided dolphins, sea lions and other marine mammals.
Enjoy identifying the weird and wonderful creatures of the intertidal zone when the tide is low - sea cucumbers, nudibranchs, chitons, sea stars, molluscs, urchins and multicoloured algae. Please look, but do not disturb them or move rocks.
On shore, watch for Columbia black-tailed deer, mink and wolves. The beaches and rocky shores offer excellent bird watching opportunities - oyster catchers, sandpipers, pigeon guillemots, scoters and of course bald eagles.
Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Facilities Available at this Park
Campfires are allowed but firewood is not provided. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking. If you must have a fire, please burn only dead and down wood, and be sure to extinguish the fire fully. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil so please use it conservatively, if at all. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small.