Camping in Long Beach Unit

Green Point Campground provides 94 tent, trailer and RV campsites in a wonderfully forested setting. The campground is open from May 1 to mid October and operates near capacity for most of the season. Reservations are therefore highly recommended and must be made with Parks Canada at 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783) or online at Group camping is provided, and walk-in cliff top sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis. The maximum stay in the campground is 7 days.

Drive-in camping
Facilities are flush toilets, firepits, firewood, and a sani-station. There are no hookups or showers.

Walk-in camping
Steep trail access to the beach area below.
Water and sanitary facilities are provided at the beach area.
Fires are not permitted. Use your campstove!

Pets are permitted at the drive-in sites only

Schooner Camping Area has reverted to a Day-Use Area. No camping is now allowed.

Green Point has an indoor theatre offering nightly interpretive programs (films, illustrated lectures and Audio-visual lectures) from late June to early September.

Green Point Campground is located on Hwy 4, 10 km north of the Information Centre.

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Camping in Broken Group Islands Unit

There are seven designated camping areas in the Broken Group Islands within national park boundaries, located on Hand, Turret, Gibraltar, Willis, Dodd, Clarke, and Gilbert Islands. All island visitors and users must camp in these designated campsites. Random campers will be asked to move to one of the designated campsites. Camping in areas other than designated campsites is a violation under various Acts, which are rigidly enforced.

Camping was discontinued on Benson Island in May 2009 out of respect for its cultural significance. Archaeological research dates traditional use of Benson Island for over 5,000 years. Tseshaht First Nation’s oral traditions name this site as their origin place where the first Tseshaht man (Naasiya’atu) and woman (Naasayilhim) were created. It became the site of their principal village of Ts’ishaa. It is from this village that the Tseshaht derive their name, as Tseshaht literally means “people of Ts’ishaa”. Visitors are encouraged to visit Benson Island during the day and return to designated campsites for the night.

All the campsites are small and cannot sustain large groups. The maximum stay on each island campsite is four days, with a maximum stay in the Broken Group Islands of 14 days. Solar composting outhouses are provided at the campsites.

Some campsites are located near small, seasonal streams, but during summer months, fresh water is very hard to find. All boaters should bring an adequate drinking water supply with them into the Broken Group Islands. Visitors are strongly encouraged not to use any of the water from the streams on the islands, due to wildlife requirements.

Be campfire free. Previous campers have created serious vegetation damage seeking firewood. If you must have a fire, build it only on beaches below the high-tide line, and use driftwood only. All fires must be extinguished after use and fire debris cleaned up.

There is no garbage pickup in the islands. Visitors must pack out whatever they pack in. Fishing must comply with Department of Fisheries and Oceans regulations. Dogs and pets disturb wildlife and interfere with other visitors’ enjoyment of the wilderness, and must be left at home.

Fees for camping apply from May 1st to September 30th. A Camping Permit will be issued when fees are paid.

The BGI Warden Station is located on floats in a bay adjacent to Nettle Island, due north of the Gibraltar Island campsite. A park warden is usually in the BGI full time May to October, 7 days a week, 24 hours per day. However, the Warden Station does not maintain regular hours, as the resident warden is often out on patrol. Park wardens patrol in an 18 foot, orange, rigid-hull inflatable boat.

The traditional territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations encompass the Broken Group Islands. The Islands contain many sites of great spiritual and cultural significance for the Toquaht, Tseshaht and Hupachesaht First Nations. There are Indian Reserves on Effingham, Nettle, and Keith Islands (see chart 3670 for exact locations). Anyone wishing to visit the reserve lands must contact the appropriate First Nation for permission prior to their trip. Boaters are asked to refrain from tying up to the reserve wharf on the southeast side of Nettle Island.

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