Marble River Provincial Park protects the Marble River canyon and the river’s estuary at Varney Bay on Rupert Inlet. The 1,419-hectare park, nestled in a beautiful forest, includes a corridor along the Marble River and shoreline strip either side of Quatsino Narrows and Varney Bay.
The Marble River flows through a shallow canyon bordered by forest covered benchlands. The park protects an eagle nesting habitat near Quatsino Narrows, a steelhead fishery and important extensive waterfowl habitat.
Interpretive signs offer information about the forest environment. Salmon spawning viewing areas are located near the trailhead and at Bear Falls, approximately 2/3 of the way down the trail. An interpretive sign and fish ladder are also located at Bear Falls. Visitors should be aware that black bears frequent the park, especially during salmon spawning season.
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There are no vehicle-accessible camping facilities in Marble river Park, however a Western Forest Products Recreation Site offers vehicle-accessible camping immediately outside the park.
There is a well-maintained hiking and biking trail that starts at the end of the upper loop of the Western Forest Products Recreation Site. The trail is 4.2 km long, with an average hiking time one way of 90 minutes.
Opportunities for ocean kayaking and canoeing exist in the marine portion of the park, which includes Varney Bay and Quatsino Narrows. A boat launch is located at the Western Forest Products Recreation Site adjacent to the park. The Marble River is considered to be one of the best steelhead fishing rivers on Vancouver Island.
Marble River Provincial Park is located on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, at the junction of Rupert Inlet, Holberg Inlet, Quatsino Sound and Neroutsos Inlet. The park is located approximately 15 km north of Port Alice, and 15 km south of Port Hardy. The park can also be accessed by boat from Coal Harbour.
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