Hardy Island Marine Provincial Park consists of Musket Island and Hardy Island in Jervis Inlet on the BC Sunshine Coast. The area is popular with boaters for swimming, diving, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Wilderness camping is allowed, but there are no formalized campsites.
The park was previously called the Musket Island Marine Provincial Park, but as the anchorage is known as the Hardy Island Anchorage, the name of the park was officially changed to Hardy Island Marine Provincial Park.
The 17-hectare Hardy Island Marine Provincial Park provides a small protected anchorage for boaters, but mariners should use caution when anchoring, as there is a rocky bottom. For boaters from the BC Lower Mainland, the park is conveniently situated as a good staging point midway between Vancouver and Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park, and Vancouver to Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park, although the popular anchorage can be fairly busy during the peak summer months.
Hardy Island and Musket Island are only islands at high tide. A park bench located on Hardy Island provides an excellent spot to sit and take in the beautiful scenery of the area. The warm, clean and green waters surrounding the area are reminiscent of a more tropical place. This park is subject to southeast winds during the winter; use caution when anchoring.
Musket Island in Blind Bay is located just off the south shore of Hardy Island, northwest of Fox Island. The undeveloped island is the epitome of peace and tranquility, where wildlife like eagles and seals abound, the warm water encourages swimming, and wilderness camping is permitted for overnight campers. Visitors should be cautious of slippery rocks and occasional large waves on the windward, western shore of Musket Island.
Boaters approaching Musket Island should enter Blind Bay from the west, via Malaspina Channel near the entrance to Jervis Inlet, or from the north via Jervis Inlet through Telescope Passage. Skippers should anchor with care, over rock in depths of 30 to 50 feet.
There are no developed trails on Hardy Island or Musket Island. Visitors should bring their own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park.
Hardy Island Marine Provincial Park is located in Jervis Inlet on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, between the Sechelt Peninsula and Malaspina Peninsula. The park can be approached from either Malaspina Strait or Jervis Inlet via Telescope Passage. Closest access to the park is from Saltery Bay across Jervis Inlet.
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