Sonora Island

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Coastal Islands, Pacific Northwest

Sonora Island
Sonora Island, Photo By Wayne Wright

Thurston Bay Marine Provincial Park surrounds Thurston Bay on Sonora Island, at the junction of Johnstone Strait and Discovery Passage. The rocky shoreline of this undeveloped park yields numerous small inviting beaches, and a pleasant walk along a trail leads to freshwater Florence Lake, this remote lake has some incredible cutthroat trout fishing.

Hiking to mount Tucker from the park will give you great views in all directions.

Kayakers can explore many coves and bays in Thurston park and I say it is one of the nicest places to kayak in.

Boats can anchor at the head of Thurston Bay and in the secluded lagoon at the south end of Thurston Bay, this is a very protected little cove and is great in a storm.

Sonora Island
Sonora Island, Photo By Wayne Wright

Thurston Bay Marine Provincial Park is located on Sonora Island, at the junction of Sonora Resort, Johnstone Strait and Discovery Passage, between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. Access to Thurston Bay is by private boat only, from Campbell River, Browns Bay or Rock Bay on Vancouver Island and from Quadra Island.

Sonora Island Lodge fishing resort is an absolute paradise for angling enthusiasts. The lodge is on the other side of the island from Thurston Bay and right across from Big Bay on Stuart island.

It’s common for sports fisherman to catch 15kg+ salmon in the waters around Sonora Island and there is always the chance to see Killer Whales, Sea Lions, Seals or Otters there and if you are freshwater fishing in one of the Islands lakes, you could see deer, bears, cougars and any of a huge variety of birds that live or visit the Island. This is one of the nicest areas on the coast of BC, very super natural.

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