BC Parks campsite and official Salish Sea Marine Trail site, Plumper Cove Marine Provincial Park
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From BC Parks, updated Oct. 13/17:
A snug anchorage on the northwest side of Keats Island.
Accessible by passenger ferry from Langdale to Keats Landing and a 2 km walk to the park. A developed area with forested walk-in campsites, fire rings, water and a trail system.
Marine facilities include a wharf and mooring buoys; small boats may be pulled up on the shore. The pebble beach is great for swimming and picnicking.
Observatory Point provides views of Howe Sound and the town of Gibsons.
Established Date: February 22, 1960
Park Size: 66 hectares (33 hectares of upland and 33 hectares of foreshore)
Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:
May 15 – September 30
Campground Reservable Dates: (group picnic site only)
May 19 – September 29
Total Number of Campsites:
20 walk-in sites, available on first-come, first-served basis.
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.
Reservations are not accepted for individual campsites at this park. However, reservations can be made for the group picnic site through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
All campsites are currently first-come, first-served, reservations are not accepted.
Group Picnic Reservations:
Group picnicking reservations are accepted at this park for dates starting May 19 to September 29.
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 the western shore of Keats Island, across the Shoal Channel from Gibsons. There are many floats and mooring buoys along with lots of room for anchorage.
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
Management Planning Information
- The approved management plan for Plumper Cove Marine Provincial Park[PDF 1.18MB] is available in PDF format.
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
There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park. Kayakers will often access this park from Horseshoe Bay and the Sunshine Coast. There is kayak/canoe accessed camping. The nearest kayak/canoe rentals are in Gibsons.
Cycling is permitted on trails. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Tidal water fishing is available. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There is a 3 kilometre trail that leads to the Keats Landing foot ferry terminal and a one kilometre loop trail around the park. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. 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.
There is ocean swimming available. The water is cold and there are no roped off swimming areas. The beach is mostly pebbles with some sandy areas. Be aware of changing tides. This area is very busy with power boats. Swimming / diving from the wharf is not permitted. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Winter camping is permitted in this park, but campsites have limited services.
Facilities Available at this Park
Firewood can be purchased from the Park Operator in some parks or you can bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, collection of wood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park including the foreshore is prohibited. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.
This park has a day-use/picnic area. There are pit toilets available. There are no covered shelters or change houses. There is a grassy area. Most picnic tables have barbeque attachments, bring your own briquettes. Dogs are permitted on the beach but must be on a leash. Group picnic site reservations are accepted at this park.
Group Picnicking Fee: $50.00 per group
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park has two pit toilets in the campground and two (2) in the day-use area.
This park does not have a boat launch. There are eight (8) mooring buoys and six (6) dock mooring slips. A rocky patch at a depth of about 0.5 metres below chart datum is situated about 25 metres off the end of the central mooring float. There is no garbage service.
The campsites are marine access only. There are 20 packed dirt and gravel campsites. Facilites include four (4) pit toilets and a drinking water handpump.
Park visitors may access these sites by ferry and hiking in. The island is serviced by BC Ferries from the Langdale terminal to Keats Landing. From the wharf at Keats Landing, follow the gravel road past Keats Camp towards Eastbourne until you reach an older BC Hydro buiding.
There is a small trailhead just past the building. Follow the yellow markers to the marine park. The hike is along a well established 3 kilometre trail leading northwards to the park. With minimal gear, this hike takes approximately forty (40) minutes. Please respect all private landowner signage. There is no garbage service therefore you must pack out your own garbage.
Walk/Cycle-in Frontcountry Camping Fee: $16.00 per party / night
Dock Facilities Use Fee: $2.00 per metre / night
Mooring (to buoy) Fee: $12.00 per vessel / night
Winter camping is permitted in this park, but campsites have limited services. Water handpump is not available in winter months (mid September to mid May) so bring your own water.