Little Bear Bay

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Little Bear Bay, Vancouver Island

You will find 15 nice spots to camp at Little Bear bay, this site is on the ocean at the estuary of bear river. The sites are for tent or trailer camping.

Little Bear Bay
Little Bear Bay, Photo By Bud Logan

There is a rough boat launch and some great short trails to the waterfall that takes you through some giant fir trees. Here you can go hiking, trout or salmon fishing and boating in the Johnston Straight area.

In the fall, the river fills up with salmon and the bears and birds come for the feast. You can sit in your camp-site and watch them feed all day long.

The road into little Bear Bay is good for 2 wheel drive and is very scenic, bring your camera and keep your eyes open, you might see elk, deer or bears on your way in.

There is also camping on Mccreight lake, Pye lake or Stella lake, all these lakes are close to little bear bay. All these lakes feed the bear river and in themselves are a great place to camp, plenty of campgrounds, both Provincial and BC forestry rec sites are all well maintained and the beaches are sandy.

Little Bear Bay
Little Bear Bay, Photo By Bud Logan

You can head over to the private rock bay campsite or the free elk bay campgrounds easily from here as well, all great places to camp.

At the end of the road, just before the gate to the fish hatchery is a bridge over the river, this is a good spot to see the returning salmon and its here where you take the trail to the waterfall, its very impressive to see after the fall rains arrive. The trail is closed off right now because of erosion but you can still hike around the problem with a bit of of a scramble. Its worth the hike in, the falls are quite worth the effort.

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