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Provincial Marine Park
|Simson Provincial Marine
Park is located off the ocean shores of Halfmoon
Bay, BC in the area of Secret Cove, both located off the lower
section of the Sunshine Coast. The park has been protected since
1983, when the Calvert Simson family gave the parcel of land to
the province of BC. Must be nice. History is still evident
with the old transportation logging roads, the family overgrown
orchard and some rock foundations still standing from the pioneer
days of the island.
Simson Provincial Park is 461 hectare marine park in the Thormanby Islands. Accessed by water only, the preferred mode of transportation to the islands is a small boat, kayak or dingy (coming from a larger boat moored off the island farther out).
Most explorers arrive from the eastern side of South Thormanby Island by beach landing and then go from there. Visitors enjoy the hiking paths trekking up and down slight hills, in and out of coves, through forests, along coastlines and, exploring the views from Spyglass Hill on the northeast end of the island.
Kayakers like Simson Provincial Marine Park because of the atmosphere, privacy and perceived seclusion on the Thormanby Islands . The island has only three wilderness walk-in overnight campsites. A wilderness campsite means no amenities. Nodda thing, it is beautiful! The Sunshine Coast park is open all year based on the available access to the island due to weather.
As for larger boats mooring close to the island. It is said it can get pretty tight. And with poor protection from the seas and winds, it is better to find another area close by. You do need a small boat to get close to the island. The best access is navigating through Welcome Passage, north of the Lighthouse on Merry Island.
Access to Simson Provincial Marine Park: Well,
being a marine park, the access is by kayak,
small boat or dingy. Take Hwy 101 to Halfmoon
Bay and Secret Cove and launch from there to reach Thormanby
Islands on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.