Open Year-round
No
Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Smelt Bay is a beautiful, family-friendly campground on Cortes Island nestled beside the ocean. The park facilities were almost entirely rebuilt around 2015, meaning that every site, bathroom, and the picnic shelter are in perfect condition. The beach is only a 5- to 10-minute walk away. By the beach, there are large trees for shade, a pebble beach, and views across the ocean to Quadra and Vancouver islands.

Many sites are "double sites." If traveling as a small group, try to reserve a solo campsite. Planning ahead saves some stress, as there are limited campsites on the island. Even on the remote Cortes Island, the parks can be busy in July and August. Use Smelt Bay as a hub to check out the many beaches on Cortes Island or other sights such as Hague Lake.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer

Congestion

Occasionally full

Parking Pass

Not Required

Open from

May 09 to September 30

Price per night (basic site)

20.00 $ (16.79 €)

Pros

Beach access. Family friendly. Wildlife viewing.

Cons

Remote.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

BC Parks

Features

Vault toilet
Boat ramp(s)
Wildlife
Family friendly
Picnic tables
Potable water
Covered picnic areas

Access

Vehicle

Total number of sites

24

Maximum trailer length

18.00 ft (5.49 m)

Location

Field Guide

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