Apodaca Provincial Park

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Apodaca Provincial Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Coordinates49°21′16″N 123°20′23″W / 49.3545°N 123.3398°W / 49.3545; -123.3398Coordinates: 49°21′16″N 123°20′23″W / 49.3545°N 123.3398°W / 49.3545; -123.3398
Area8 hectares (20 acres)

Apodaca Provincial Park is a provincial park located on the central eastern shoreline of Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada.


The park was established 1954, one year after the property was donated to the province by Major J. S. Matthews, a noted Vancouver historian and City Archivist for Vancouver.

The park's name comes from Apodaca Cove, which was named to preserve the name for Bowen Island conferred by José María Narváez during his exploration and survey work in the region in 1791, Isla de Apodaca. Apodaca is a city in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico, which was named for Dr. Salvador Apodaca, Bishop of the city of Linares, who was born in Guadalajara in 1769.[1]


The parks aims to protect a variety of marine life, such as marbled murrelet, harbour seal, killer whale, Pacific octopus, rockfish, and ochre starfish. The park also offers habitat for coast blacktail deer and a variety of birds. Plantlife includes Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, salal, and Pacific madrone.


  • Apodaca Provincial Park
  • "Apodaca Park". BC Geographical Names.
  • "Apodaca Cove". BC Geographical Names.
  • Isla de Apodaca, compiled by J.S. Matthews, Vancouver City Archives, 1968