Our Marine Trails
A Little History:
The BCMTNA's original vision was to create a network of marine trails along the BC Coastline. This is still our primary vision.
- Sea to Sky Marine Trail: In 2014 - 2015 we worked with the Trans Canada Trail on the creation of the Sea to Sky Trail in Howe Sound. Currently, three provincial parks and six provincial recreation sites, plus launch sites and day use sites, comprise this trail from Horseshoe Bay to Squamish. The maintenance of this trail is looked after by the Sea Kayak Association of BC under the guidance of the BC Marine Trails. In 2018, picnic tables were added to several sites. The next project will be the installation of a special toilet at Zorro Bay.
- Salish Sea Marine Trail: In 2017 the BC Marine Trails celebrated the opening of this trail. We are still working on a couple small sections to provide more campsites. (Please contact us for additional camping information). This trail is the final western leg of the Trans Canada Trail.
- Gulf Islands Marine Trail: This trail was officially launched in 2011 with a celebration at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith. Our Trails Development Committee and Gulf Islands Review Committee re-launched this trail in September, 2018 (official launch will be around September 5.) Please stay tuned.
- Cape Scott Marine Trail: This trail is currently in a planning and design or early engagement stage depending on the location within the trail. We currently have divided the trail into three phases and are working on Phase I which is largely the Quatsino Sound area. This loop trail from Port Hardy to Coal Harbour (you launch at Port Hardy, leaving your vehicle there and paddle around the tip of Vancouver Island/Cape Scott to Quatsino Sound and then Coal Harbour; many paddlers then take a short taxi to Port Hardy to retrieve their vehicle(s)). By using our map this high adventure trail is very doable but for experienced paddlers/navigators. Read a bit more here.