Jackson Narrows Marine Provincial Park encompasses 71 hectares at the eastern end of Jackson Passage, on the central coast of British Columbia.
A small bay at the western end provides an adequate, comfortable anchorage for small boats. Another favoured stopping place is Rescue Bay, located just east of the narrows. The park lies between Mathieson and Fitz Hugh channels, and offers a shortcut to and from Klemtu, located to the west of Swindle Island.
A trip through the 65-foot wide Jackson Narrows, strewn with rocks, drying reefs and kelp, is a highlight for many cruisers navigating the Inside Passage to or from Alaska. Transit is recommended at high slack tide only.
As you cruise through the waters near the park, watch for orcas, Pacific white-sided dolphins, seals and other marine mammals. Watch for Columbia black-tailed deer, mink and wolves on shore.
Fishing and diving is popular at the park. Enjoy identifying the weird and wonderful creatures of the intertidal zone when the tide is low, including sea cucumbers, nudibranchs, chitons, sea stars, molluscs, urchins and multicoloured algae.
Jackson Narrows Marine Provincial Park is located 148 miles (236 km) south of Prince Rupert, at the east end of Jackson Passage as it joins Mathieson Channel. The park can only be accessed by boat. Supplies are available at Klemtu, located to the west on Swindle Island. The nearest community with road access is Bella Coola.
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