BC Parks campsite and official Salish Sea Marine Trail site, Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park.
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From BC Parks, updated Oct. 12/17:
Jedediah Island, located between Lasqueti and Texada islands in the Strait of Georgia off central Vancouver Island, has long been a popular destination for recreational boaters and kayakers. It is the largest and most diverse of a chain of more than 30 islands and rocky islets located north and west of Lasqueti Island. The interior of Jedediah is comprised of forest ecosystems where you will see a variety of mature tree species, including Douglas fir and arbutus, intermingled with rocky outcrops. In several areas evidence of previous human settlements are evident. A rich marine environment encircles Jedediah Island, which offers secluded bays and coves for safer harbour.
Jedediah’s isolation and tranquility make it an excellent destination for kayaking and wilderness camping. What sets Jedediah apart is its size – it is one of the largest island parks in the province. Some of the best camping areas are near the shoreline around Long Bay. Small bays on the east side of the island provide campers with a little more privacy, especially during the summer at the height of kayaking-touring season, when the island can get quite busy.
Established Date: September 15, 1995
Park Size: 603 hectares (293 ha upland, 310 ha foreshore)
Location and Maps
Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park is located between Lasqueti and Texada islands in the Sabine Channel of Georgia Strait, off central Vancouver Island. Access to the park is by boat from nearby Lasqueti Island. Nearby communitites include: Texada Island, Lasqueti Island, French Creek.
Maps and Brochures
Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History:In 1995 Jedediah Island was purchased from Al and Mary Palmer, owners of the island since 1949. The estate of the late Daniel Culver committed $1.1 million to Jedediah’s preservation. In addition, the Friends of Jedediah, the Marine Parks Forever Society, the Nature Trust of British Columbia and many other individuals and groups undertook extensive fund-raising activities.
- Cultural Heritage:Jedediah has four registered archaeological sites, including an aboriginal fish weir.
- Conservation:The Island is home to old-growth stands of Douglas fir and arbutus, flat meadow areas, rocky coves, sandy beaches and deep anchorages. Important seabird nest sites and nesting colonies are located in the vicinity.
Management Planning Information
- A Background Document[PDF 1.53MB] has been prepared for Jedediah Island Marine Park.
- Approved Management Plan[PDF 1.2MB] for Jedediah Island Marine Park is now available.
Activities Available at this Park
This park is a popular destination for kayakers, especially during the summer months. Paddlers visit Jedediah to camp as part of a kayak touring route of this area. Paddlers can set in on Lasqueti Island.
Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Rockfish Conservation Areas occur within this park. Fishing activities are limited in Rockfish Conservation Areas. Before you go fishing please refer to the Rockfish Conservation Area descriptions available from Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO.
Jedediah Island has approximately 3.5 km of walking trails, which cross the island and connect the secluded bays. One main trail leads through old-growth forest to an open field and links up with trails on the other side of the field. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
There is no designated swimming area in this park; however the sandy bays – particularly on the northeast side of the park – offer nice swimming opportunities. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
While fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. Campfires must be below the high tide mark. Please be careful with fires and refrain from having fires on windy days. Utilize previously constructed fire rings if possible and use small pieces of driftwood that will burn completely. Never leave your fire unattended and practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park has 4 pit toilets, located near popular anchorages.
This park is accessible by boat only. Random camping is allowed, although there are no developed sites and no facilities are provided other than pit toilets. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
This park is open year round; however, fees are only collected from May 15 – September 15 when backcountry services are provided.
Payment must be made via the BC Parks Backcountry Registration System. Although the system does not reserve a campsite, the system provides visitors the convenience of prepaying for their trip and not having to carry cash. Cash payments for backcountry camping opportunities are not available at this time.
This park is open year round.