Coon Bay

Vancouver Island
Paddling Area:Gulf Islands
Coordinates:49.010934, -123.574138
Site Type:Campsite primary
Tent Sites:15
Site Access:Sea
Marine Trail:N/A
Last Update:05/02/2023

Landing Comments:

Easy on low gradient sand beach, steeper at top. N aspect. Surf possible in strong NW conditions. Alternate access by Parry Lagoon to SE of tombolo. Enter SE’most lagoon entrance. Very low gradient, dries at low water. Third landing option 400 m to W of tombolo on moderate gradient gravel in well-protected Maple Bay. Longer carry but on good trail. High current, turbulence hazards in adjacent Porlier Pass. Vessel traffic stays mostly well to N.

Camp Comments:

Camping permitted only at specified forested sites away from shore. Each has gravel pad, picnic table. No fires. Shoreline for day use only. Pit toilets. Resident camp host in summer. Benches. Camping fees apply 1 May to 30 September. May pre-pay permit via Internet, but no reservable sites. Fee $5.00 per person per night (2022) via BC Parks Backcountry Registration System .

Other Comments:

Attractive. View. Water at pump May – September must be boiled or treated. Former village site named Quelus’. Swimming. Sandstone headlands, wildflowers, tidal lagoon. Wildlife viewing. No sanctioned road or trail access. Extensive hiking trails. Car-based camping discouraged, Used (unauthorized) by cyclists. Regularly visited by power boaters. See: Dionisio Provincial Park

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