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Wakes Cove

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Wakes Cove is a BC Marine Trails day use site and a BC Provincial Park.

Marine Trail users description

This is a beautiful park on the very northern tip of Valdes Island facing Gabriola Passage. The one amenity is a dinghy dock that leads over a muddy beach to provide easy access to the park upland. Nearby is the house and outbuildings of the old farmstead. If you peer into the windows you'll see a trove of leftover items as if the house was abandoned mid-stay before the residents so much as cleaned up the latest meal and put away their reading material. 

From there you can wander the bluffs or follow the trail down the park. Kayakers can get here most easily from Gabriola Island by launching from or near Drumbeg Provincial Park. By doing so you can avoid the currents in Gabriola Passage and land at the park at Dogfish Bay, a spot tucked into Valdes Island south of Kendrick Island, a yacht club outstation and popular anchoring area.  From there a trail will lead along the shoreline to the homestead. Other old farm and logging roads dot the park, providing lots of opportunity to explore.

- John Kimantas

About the Park

There is no camping in the park. Visitors wishing to visit the park must be aware of park boundaries and keep off the private property, adjacent to the park.

Established Date: June 21, 2002

Park Size: 205 hectares (132ha of upland and 73ha of foreshore)

Site Data

Wakes Cove is located on the northeast corner of Valdes Island. Please find more information about this site from our BC Marine Trails map.

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The Marine Parks Forever Society donated monies toward the purchase of this property. The Society received donations from the recreational boating community that were used to assist in purchasing 73 hectares of Crown foreshore on Valdes Island.

This land was occupied for thousands of years by Coast Salish people. This is in the territory of the Lyackson First Nation. In recent European history, a mystic named Brother Twelve, lived on Valdes Island and nearby Cedar-by-the-Sea with the goal to start a self-sufficient community. It's worth a search on Brother XII to find out more about hidden treasure or the man who was imprisoned on northern Valdes and escaped by rowboat.


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