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Cruising in Paradise: Wallace Island Marine Park

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Cruising in Paradise: Wallace Island Marine Park

Discover Wallace Island

This month's feature is the stunning Wallace Island, a hidden gem perfect for serene strolls and exploration along its unique sandstone shoreline. With the busy season just around the corner, midweek getaways offer the best experience for this popular and limited anchorage spot.

About Wallace Island Marine Park

Nestled in the picturesque Trincomali Channel between the northern ends of Saltspring Island and Galiano Island, Wallace Island Marine Park is a favorite destination for boaters and kayakers exploring the southern Gulf Islands. The park's numerous beaches, coves, and offshore islets provide ample sheltered paddling opportunities, making it an ideal spot for day trips from Vancouver Island or overnight camping adventures.

What to Expect

  • Wildlife: The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, black-tailed deer, and mink. Offshore, you can often spot harbor seals, sea lions, and river otters.
  • Activities: Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and hiking. The walking trails offer breathtaking views of the island's folded rock formations.
  • Facilities: While the park's development is minimal, it includes essential amenities like an information shelter, pit toilets, picnic tables, and 18 walk-in campsites located at Conover Point, Chivers Point, and Cabin Bay. Note that campfires are not permitted.

Anchoring and Docking

Wallace Island offers a small dock at Conover Cove and an octagonal dinghy dock at Princess Bay. For those looking to anchor, sheltered spots and stern tie rings are available at both Conover Cove and Princess Bay.

Plan Your Visit

With its rich natural beauty and tranquil environment, Wallace Island Marine Park is a must-visit destination. Make sure to plan your trip before the peak season hits to enjoy the serenity and beauty of this unique marine park.

For more information, visit the Wallace Island Marine Park website.

We acknowledge and respect that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Coast and Straits Salish Peoples. Specifically, we recognize the Lekwungen peoples known today as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations whose historical relationship to the land continues to this day.
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