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Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park
About This Park
Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park was established in July of 1971 and consists of a small chain of islands, islets and rocks in Thulin Passage. It is an excellent destination for kayakers, since it is a good stopover point between Lund and Desolation Sound. This area also provides opportunities for scuba diving, wildlife viewing, wilderness camping, swimming and fishing. There are limited anchorages for small vessels.
- To help preserve the natural values in this park, please do not discharge sewage in anchorages, but keep sewage contained in holding tanks while at anchor.
Desolation Sound is a very popular kayak and boating destination. There are 11 designated campsites throughout Desolation Sound, the Copeland Islands and Malaspina Provincial Marine Parks.
These three parks are grouped together for the backcountry registration system and described as Desolation Sound Parks.
BC Parks’ Discover Camping Backcountry Registration System allows you to purchase a backcountry permit before leaving home. Although the system does not reserve a campsite, the system provides visitors the convenience of prepaying for their trip and not having to carry cash. We encourage all visitors to register online so we can reduce the need to collect fees in the field. If the online system is not available to you then you can pay with cash at Okeover Park or Lund Harbour. Look for the registration information at the BC Parks kiosks.
A Desolation Sound Parks backcountry registration is valid for overnight use in the Copeland Islands, Malaspina, Roscoe Bay, and Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Parks.
Most kayaker and boaters launch their vessels and start their adventure from either Lund Harbour or Okeover Harbour Government Dock to access the Desolation Sound Parks. Many boaters will arrive by boat from Georgia Strait.
Okeover Provincial Park is located next to the Okeover Harbour Government Dock. There are 21 vehicle access campsites at Okeover Provincial Park. Many people will camp at Okeover Park and get an early start the next day to explore the Desolation Sound Parks. There is a campground attendant at Okeover Park.
Kayak Rentals and Guided Tours: There are several kayak rentals available in the Powell River and the Lund area. There are several guided kayak tours available. All guided visitors are required to pay overnight camping fees, in addition to any guiding fees. Please discuss with your guide outfitter prior to your trip.
Parking: There is limited free parking near to Okeover Park and boat launch. Private pay parking is also available in Lund Harbour.
Know Before You Go
Backcountry Camping fees are in place for Desolation Sound Parks backcountry campgrounds (includes Desolation Sound Marine, Copeland Islands Marine, Malaspina and Roscoe Bay Provincial Parks) from June 1st to September 15th.
- Desolation Sound and the Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Parks protect globally significant ecological and cultural park values.
- Recreational activities have caused inadvertent impacts to sensitive park values.
- BC Parks is implementing a designated campsite policy to protect the sensitive park values.
- Please enjoy the designated campsites identified on the map located below.
Location and Maps
Please note: Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park is accessible only by boat and located northwest of Lund (20 km north of Powell River) just off the Malaspina Peninsula and southwest of Bliss Landing. The community of Lund is located a short distance from the park by water. Lund supports a hotel and pub, bakery, fuel, general store, marine ways, marine mechanical facilities and kayak rentals.
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: Copeland Islands Provincial Park was named after Joe Copeland, a veteran of the American civil war, who eventually settled in the area.
- Wildlife: Sea Lions, deer, porpoises, killer whales and bald eagles can all bee viewed from this park. While diving, you may see cod, salmon and giant oysters.
Activities Available at this Park
Tidal fishing is available. Rockfish Conservation Areas occur within this park. Fishing activities are limited in Rockfish Conservation Areas. Before you go fishing please refer to the Rockfish Conservation Area descriptions available from Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
Pit toilets are located at Grace Harbor, Tenedos Bay, Curme Islands, Bold Head, Hare Point, Feather Cove, Copeland Islands, and Melanie Cove. There are no flush toilets.
Many of the outhouses throughout Desolation Sound are an open-air-privy design. This simple outhouse design is a cost effective way of providing a sanitary camping experience. While the open-air-privy design experience may be slightly more adventurous than the traditional outhouse building, it will also provide a much more pleasant view and allow for a fresh air experience. Please bring your own toilet paper.
Please note that all outhouses in Desolation Sound have above ground pump out tanks. Due to the shallow soils and potential for exposing cultural features buried in the ground, digging traditional outhouse holes is not possible. Please do not put garbage in the outhouse tanks! It is very costly to pump out tanks, so please only human waste in the tanks.
Marine Access – Backcountry Camping
There are 11 designated campsites [PDF] throughout Desolation Sound, the Copeland Islands and Malaspina Provincial Marine Parks. There is an average of 9 tent pads at each site.
Details about these campsites, including campsite maps, access descriptions, facilities and features, are available here.
- Camping is only permitted in designated campsites.
- Campers must use tent pads, please prevent erosion by placing tents, and other equipment on the tent pads.
- Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please do not hold sites for other parties.
- These parks protect very sensitive ecosystem values.
Please stay on designated routes to avoid causing damage to these park values.
- Campfires are not permitted throughout the marine parks; observe posted signs.
- Fees are collected from June 1st to September 15th.
BC Parks Discover Camping Backcountry Registration System allows you to purchase a backcountry camping permit before leaving home. Although the system does not reserve a campsite, the system provides visitors the convenience of prepaying for their trip and not having to carry cash. We encourage all visitors to register online so we can reduce the need to collect fees in the field.