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Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park
About This Park
Jedediah Island, located between Lasqueti and Texada islands in the Strait of Georgia off central Vancouver Island, has long been a popular destination for recreational boaters and kayakers. It is the largest and most diverse of a chain of more than 30 islands and rocky islets located north and west of Lasqueti Island. The interior of Jedediah is comprised of forest ecosystems where you will see a variety of mature tree species, including Douglas fir and arbutus, intermingled with rocky outcrops. In several areas evidence of previous human settlements are evident. A rich marine environment encircles Jedediah Island, which offers secluded bays and coves for safer harbour.
Jedediah’s isolation and tranquility make it an excellent destination for kayaking and wilderness camping. What sets Jedediah apart is its size – it is one of the largest island parks in the province. Some of the best camping areas are near the shoreline around Long Bay. Small bays on the east side of the island provide campers with a little more privacy, especially during the summer at the height of kayaking-touring season, when the island can get quite busy.
Know Before You Go
- Bring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park.
Nature and Culture
- History: In 1995 Jedediah Island was purchased from Al and Mary Palmer, owners of the island since 1949. The estate of the late Daniel Culver committed $1.1 million to Jedediah’s preservation. In addition, the Friends of Jedediah, the Marine Parks Forever Society, the Nature Trust of British Columbia and many other individuals and groups undertook extensive fund-raising activities.
- Cultural Heritage: Jedediah has four registered archaeological sites, including an aboriginal fish weir.
- Conservation: The Island is home to old-growth stands of Douglas fir and arbutus, flat meadow areas, rocky coves, sandy beaches and deep anchorages. Important seabird nest sites and nesting colonies are located in the vicinity.
- Management Planning Information
- A Background Document [PDF 1.53MB] has been prepared for Jedediah Island Marine Park.
- Approved Management Plan for Jedediah Island Marine Park [PDF 1.2MB]
Activities Available at this Park
Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
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.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park is accessible by boat only. Random camping is allowed, although there are no developed sites and no facilities are provided other than pit toilets. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
This park is open year-round; however, fees are only collected from May 15 – September 15 when backcountry services are provided.
Payment must be made via the BC Parks Backcountry Registration System. 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. Cash payments for backcountry camping opportunities are not available at this time.
This park is open year-round.