Sidney Spit campground and ferry reopening following COVID-19 closure

Sidney Spit campground and ferry reopening following COVID-19 closure
Sidney Whale Watching
The Sidney Spit ferry

Parks Canada has announced both the Sidney Spit ferry and campground will be reopening in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve on July 20.

The campground will be open for overnight use. Campground users and day-use visitors can arrive on Sidney Spit in a personal vessel or the Sidney Spit Ferry, an open-air catamaran that is a passenger ferry to the island.

All remaining backcountry camping areas and associated pit toilets in the park reserve will be open on this date as well, including:

  • Arbutus Point, Princess Bay and Shell Beach Campgrounds on Portland Island
  • Isle-de-Lis Campground (Rum Island)
  • D’Arcy Island Campground
  • James Bay Campground, Prevost Island
  • Cabbage Island Campground

The Sidney Spit Ferry is being run by a new contractor – Sidney Whale Watching.

The new departure location will be from the Sidney Whale Watching dock between Beacon Pier and Sidney Pier.

Visitors can now make ferry reservations in advance of their trip with no service fees. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone. Please visit for more information, including the vessel schedule.

Physical distancing measures will be in place where possible both on board the passenger ferry and on the docks, according to Parks Canada.

In keeping with Transport Canada requirements, face masks will be required for boarding. All visitors to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve are asked to bring a clean trip kit including hand sanitizer and a tablecloth for those using a picnic table.

More information can be found at


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