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Oak Bay Islands Ecological Reserve

Date Established: 1979
Size: 205 hectares
Oak Bay Islands - Ecological Reserve


Ecological Reserves are areas in British Columbia selected to preserve representative and special natural ecosystems, plant and animal species, features, and phenomena. Ecological Reserves provide the highest level of protection for the maintenance of physical and biological diversity while allowing for research and educational activities. More information on Ecological Reserves »

Oak Bay Islands Ecological Reserve was established to protect vulnerable nesting seabirds, uncommon meadow communities, showy and rare early spring wildflowers and representative shallow-water marine habitats.

This ecological reserve is closed to the public.

Detailed Ecological Reserve Description

BC Parks has created a detailed description of each Ecological Reserve to support current or potential education and research. Each account includes physical, biological, and cultural information as well as management concerns regarding the Ecological Reserve, with references to supporting documents where available. Additional documents may also be made available, upon request.

Detailed Description

Supporting Documents


Ecological reserves are not created for outdoor recreation. Most ecological reserves, however, are open to the public for non-destructive pursuits like hiking, nature observation and photography. Consumptive activities like hunting, freshwater fishing, camping, livestock grazing, removal of materials, plants or animals are prohibited by regulation in ecological reserves. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Research and educational activities may be carried out but only under permit.

Special Restrictions:
Landing on the islands and islets of Oak Bay Islands Ecological Reserve is restricted to protect sensitive wildlife, plants and ecosystems. Permission to land is required.

Location and Maps

Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

The reserve has three units, the largest (Great Chain Island and Chain Islets) being two km E of Oak Bay. Jemmy Jones Island is 2.5 km N of Great Chain Island in Baynes Channel; Alpha Island, part of the Chatham-Discovery Group, is 5.5 km E of Oak Bay

Ecological Zones

Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • Approved Purpose Statement [PDF] for Oak Bay Islands Ecological Reserve is available online in pdf format.