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Pebbly Beach

Pebbly Beach
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BC Parks campsite, Simson Marine Provincial Park

Marine Trail users description

Provincial park with wilderness camping allowed. A BC Marine Trails proposal is under consideration to designate Simson Provincial Park sites as official marine trail sites.

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Site Data

Please find site data about Pebbly Beach on South Thormanby in Simson Provincial Park on our main map.

Official information

From BC Parks, updated Oct. 12/17:

This park is a dry island in Georgia Strait and has a rocky coastline and small bays. The forested upland and pebble beach are backed by impressive Spyglass Hill. While exploring the island you can view the old homestead rock walls and orchards.

Simson Park is accessible by boat only, has limited anchorage for large boats and there are no facilities in the park.

Special Features: There is a wetland area with a beaver pond that is easily accessed from Farm Bay.

Established Date: March 19, 1986

Park Size: 461 hectares

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Located on South Thormanby Island close to Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast. Access is by boat only from Halfmoon Bay.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Nature and Culture

  • History:This park is named after the family of Vancouver pioneer Calvert Simson, whose family donated the land.

Management Planning

Management Planning Information

  • Approved Simson Provincial Park Master Plan[PDF 655.48KB] is available in pdf format.
    DISCLAIMER:
    This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.

Activities Available at this Park

 Canoeing

There is some good canoeing and kayaking when weather permits. Paddlers can access paddle-in sites. There are rentals available at Halfmoon Bay and Sechelt. Please respect private property. 

Charts and 1:50,000 Topo Maps: 
...# 3512 Strait of Georgia Central Portion 
...# 3535 Plans Malaspina Strait including Welcome Passage, 
...Secret Cove & Smuggler Cove, Pender Harbour Topo Maps: 
... Sechelt Inlet 92G12 & Sechelt 92G5

 Fishing

Saltwater/ocean fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

 Hiking

There are no developed hiking trails; however, there are old skidder roads that criss cross the park. Care must be taken as these are not marked. Please Respect Private Property.

 Hunting

Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. Check with Hunting and Trapping Synopsis for regulations.

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.

 Swimming

Ocean swimming available. The beaches are rocky, gravel and cobbles with barnacles. All the bays have a south, southeast exposure and are subject to Small Craft Warnings. Take care as there is little protection from the winds and waves. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

Comments

List of the comments:
-13 of 1 find it helpful
2017-11-15 16:10
A BC Parks website notice as of May 29/2017: "This park is temporarily open for day-use only, and no overnight camping is permitted at this time." So don't plan an overnight trip without checking the BC Parks site for an update first!
-13 of 1 find it helpful
2017-12-01 21:49
Still a difficult beach at higher tides,in June 2017 due to extensive drift wood accumulation. More protected than other sites farther south on island SE side
No Pit toilet at this time, Camping closure not known at time of visit in June 2017 ( trip planning in March and April 2017)
-13 of 1 find it helpful
2018-01-25 10:07
The "no overnight camping" web site notice has been removed. Date unknown.
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