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Desolation Sound, Powell River, Lund and Copeland Islands Marine Park

Introduction

   Copeland Islands Marine Park, Malaspina Provincial Park, and Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park are accessed either from Lund north of Powell River, or copelandislandsnorthCopeland Islands North campsiteOkeover Harbour. Within these three parks are 11 designated campsites.

The Copeland Islands Marine Park is 180 hectares of land and 257 hectares of foreshore and reached fairly easily from Lund. Given the ecologically and culturally sensitive status of the islands please camp in designated sites. Between June 1 and September 30 paddlers must register and get a ‘backcountry camping permit’ (click on park links below).

Malaspina Provincial Park is further into Desolation Sound. A backcountry camping permit is required. This park is reach from Lund or Okeover Harbour. Okeover Park next to the government dock has 21 vehicle accessed campsites; the park is open June 15 to September 15; this park is first come, first serve. Generally, there is an attendant there. Lund has paid parking.

Powell River is reached by ferry from Comox on Vancouver Island. From Vancouver visitors take Highway 101 to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and catch a 40-minute Langdale ferry to the Gibsons area or Langdale. Then there is a second crossing from Earl's Cove near Egmont to Saltery Bay. From there, it's a 31km drive to Powell River. The trip roughly take five hours. From Powell River to Lund it’s an additional 35 minutes.

BC Marine Trails Resources

  •    Our map shows campsites and access points to reach the Copeland Islands or into Desolation Sound from Lund or Okeover Harbour.
  •    Resources: A variety of resources to help you find or plan a paddling trip.
  •    BC Marine Trails membership offers discounts with various companies or businesses, special tools to use with our map or downloads page and additional information, such as, descriptions of limited trips.

Ideas

Visit the Copeland Islands from Lund. It’s approximately 3 km following shoreline before you enter the park area and 3.5 nautical miles or 6.5 km before you reach the first campsite.

You can venture further into Desolation Sound. From the northerly Copeland Islands campsite you can paddle to Sarah Point which has four tent pads. Please be aware the area is exposed to winds and weather so the appropriate caution needs to be taken. Desolation Sound is a huge area. The three parks in the introduction mention 11 provincial campsites including Sarah Point and further northeast the Curme Islands (three sites).

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