A Magical Place: Bishop Bay – Monkey Beach Conservancy



Aerial shot of a small treed peninsula with ocean around it and two small kayaks in the water.
Two kayakers enjoying the beauty. Northern BC Tourism.

Bishop Bay – Monkey Beach Conservancy is a magical place to visit – only accessible by boat or floatplane. When Natasha Ewing, community liaison officer with BC Parks, got an opportunity to visit in the fall of 2021, she was very excited.

Natasha and two coworkers travelled to several protected areas within the Inside Passage, along the north coast of British Columbia. They were identifying a suitable spot for a marine long-term ecological monitoring site, and doing some routine maintenance and cleaning, but there was nothing routine about the experience.

Photo of a person, wearing a red lifejacket, standing on the beach and holding two purple sea stars.
Natasha with sea stars.

 

Bishops Bay – Monkey Beach Conservancy is about halfway between Bella Bella and Prince Rupert. Recent upgrades were done to the aluminum dock and walkway. Mooring buoys, tent pads, and two trapper’s cabins built by the Haisla Nation are available for overnight stays, as well as a picnic area and of course, the hot springs.

 

 

 

Photo of a building and fenced ramp at the water's edge.
Hot springs shelter, Natasha Ewing.
Two people in water looking out over the ocean.
Northern BC Tourism Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hot springs have a temperature of 38.8 degrees Celsius in the seaside bath house. The flow from the granodiorite bedrock flows at a rate of 32.4 litres per minute. The inside of the bath house is decorated with ocean floats. Natasha reminisces on her experience, “The best part was relaxing in the warm springs, while feeling a cool ocean breeze and hearing a dozen humpbacks play

A part of a humpback whale surfacing, with its blow hole.
Humpback whale, Natasha Ewing.

and vocalize in the bay. It was simply magical and a place I have dreamed of going back to visit.”

Note: Public use of the Haisla First Nations cabins must be approved in advance from the Haisla First Nation, phone 250-639-9361 (ext. 362).

 

 

 

 

 

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