Known locally as The Ragged Group, the 437-hectare Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park archipelago comprises four of the islands and 14 islets that protect narrow Thulin Passage, the main passageway for boats and kayakers travelling between the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound.
Wilderness camping and fabulous kayaking attracts outdoor enthusiasts to this group of small, moss covered rocky islands. Other leisure pursuits in the area include swimming, fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving.
The Copeland Islands and Savary Island lie offshore from Lund on the Malaspina Peninsula of the Sunshine Coast.
You can see the white sandy beaches of Savary beckoning in the distance, while the Copelands lie out of sight to the north, 2 kilometres northwest of Lund and southwest of Bliss Landing.
Paddlers wishing to reach the Copelands should head north from Lund, hugging the steep-sided coastline. Marine traffic in Thulin Passage can kick up quite a sizeable chop; thus, it’s best to set out as early in the day as possible, before large pleasure craft begin to ply these waters.
Pick your opening and paddle hard to cover the 1-kilometre distance between the peninsula and the most southerly island in this chain. Once in the vicinity of the Copelands, you’ll find sheltered paddling that you’ll have to share only with the numerous seals that haul up on little islets when not fishing for their next meal. Shellfish are particularly abundant.
Although the seven major islands in the Copelands are quite rugged, with limited level terrain, a handful of campsites are tucked away on the sheltered north side of the third from the top of the chain. There are no facilities here other than wilderness campsites and two pit toilets, and campfires are prohibited. Pack out everything except your oyster shells, though you’ll probably want to keep one as a memento.
Boaters will find secluded and protected anchorages among the islands, islets and rocks of the Copelands. Space is limited though, requiring a stern line to fastened ashore to prevent swinging.
Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park is located north of Lund on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. Small boats may be launched at Lund for the short trip to Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park.
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