Cole Island

Vancouver Island
Paddling Area:Victoria
Coordinates:48.45380, -123.45095
Site Type:Day Use
Tent Sites:n/a
Site Access:Sea
Marine Trail:N/A
Last Update:04/19/2022

Landing Comments:

Dock on W side of island with low float. Esquimalt Harbour generally protected. Vessel traffic. If arriving by kayak or other small craft please telephone 250-363-3160.
There is a 100 m security zone around all Department of National Defence ships and facilities where civilian vessels are not permitted. You must maintain a distance of 200 m from naval vessels underway.

Camp Comments:

No camping permitted.

Other Comments:

Cole Island in Esquimalt Harbour and past the Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt (CFB Esquimalt) naval base and home port to Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint Task Force Pacific Headquarters. The remaining buildings on the island have been restored. More than 150 years ago, the remote island was chosen to house ammo because of its distance from the naval hub, and was named after Edmond Picoti Cole, master of HMS Fisgard. Eventually, there were 16 solidly built brick and metal structures on the island including a jetty and a guard house. National Historic Site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. The Friends of Cole Island have worked hard to restore and preserve this piece of Canadian History. See:

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