Parks Canada campsite and official Salish Sea Marine Trail campsite.
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Isle de Lis is a primary marine trail campsite for both the Gulf Islands and Salish Sea marine trails by agreement with Parks Canada.
From Parks Canada, updated Oct. 5, 2017.
This small island features a Douglas fir/arbutus forest and coastal bluffs, as well as vegetation that reflects the warm Mediterranean-like climate of the southern Gulf Islands.
The island is popular with kayakers who stop overnight on multi-day paddling trips, but plan to arrive early in the day as there are a limited number of campsites (three sites). Marine access only, pit toilets and no drinking water.
Rum Island is connected to neighbouring Gooch Island by a gravel beach that is the best place to put a kayak ashore. Gooch Island is private property: please do not trespass.
- 3 primitive campsites
- Pit toilets
- No potable water
- Accessible by Water Only
- GPS Coordinates: 48.662781, -123.280474
Rum Island is reputedly named for its use during the US prohibition as a staging ground for smugglers.
The following is from BC Geographical Names:
Gooch Island adopted 31 December 1930 in BC Gazetteer, not "Cooch Island" as mis-spelled on Southern Districts of Vancouver Island, 1892. Re-approved 3 November 1934 on Ottawa file OBF 1449-3.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve information. Link.