Clayoquot Arm Provincial Park

Journey to the dense forests, beaches and vast lake of a stunning wilderness, which is only accessible by boat.

Kayak across calm lake waters, discover secluded beaches and camp out under the stars at Clayoquot Arm Provincial Park. The wilderness area covers 8,626 acres (3,491 hectares) encompassing forests, islets, sandy beaches and a lake, the largest body of freshwater on Vancouver Island.

There are lots of ways to enjoy your vacation time at Clayoquot Arm Provincial Park. Explore the waters of Kennedy Lake by kayak or canoe and pull up on empty beaches. Enjoy the views across the lake to the dense forests that surround it. Jump in the water for a swim, but bear in mind that there are no lifeguards at the park. Windsurfing and waterskiing are also possible on the lake. 

Anglers will be interested to know that the lake contains cutthroat trout. You will need a fishing license and details of where these can be obtained are found on the park’s website.

Move away from the shoreline to find more wildlife. Go on a hiking trip along paths that wind through forests of hemlock, cedars and rare Sitka-spruce trees. You can trace your route along well-defined and undeveloped trails. Look out for wildlife in their natural homes. Among the animals you may encounter in the park are mink, otters, raccoons, bears and cougars. Never feed or approach the wildlife.

If one day is not enough time to enjoy the serenity of your surroundings, pitch a tent for the night. There are no designated campsites or camping facilities in the park, but wilderness camping is permitted.

Clayoquot Arm Provincial Park is located on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. Access is only possible by boat, kayak or canoe from the Clayoquot Arm Bridge on Kennedy Lake. Reach the bridge by driving along logging roads that lead to the lake.

The park is open throughout the year, but is not regularly patrolled. Bring wet weather clothes with you even in the summer.

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