Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park is situated north of Sechelt on the BC Sunshine Coast. This delightful 163 hectare forested park is a feature of Garden Bay on the north shore of Pender Harbour. The communities of Garden Bay, Madeira Park and Irvine’s Landing are known collectively as Pender Harbour, an excellent base for salmon sport fishing.
Energetic hikers will be rewarded with spectacular views from atop Mount Daniel, known as “Kwiss Cham” by the local Sechelt people, and of great ceremonial and ritual significance. It was atop Kwiss Cham that young maidens made their rites of passage into puberty.
Large circles of small rocks or ‘Moon Rings’ symbolic of the lunar cycles, can still be found. The summit and the native cemetery on the waterfront are both protected archaeological sites.
A dinghy dock in the bay facilitates small craft access to and from the shore. A short walk through forest from the parking lot leads to the shore – a perfect spot for a rest and a refreshing swim in summer.
Boaters will find a secure anchorage and good holding in mud in 30 feet of water. Anchor or deck lights should be used at night to mark your position to incoming traffic.
Marinas, resorts, stores, repair facilities and fuel suppliers are all available around Pender Harbour.
Black Bears inhabit the park’s upland areas – visitor’s should follow the Bear Safety Guide.
Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park is located approximately 37 km north of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. The park is accessible by boat and vehicle. Travel north from Sechelt on Highway 101 and take the turnoff for Garden Bay.
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