Beautiful and serene Pirates Cove Marine Park on De Courcy Island is a popular destination for boaters exploring the southern Gulf Islands.
Located off Nanaimo on south Vancouver Island, the park protects a natural environment perfect for a variety of recreational activities, including kayaking, camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, beach exploration and wildlife viewing. Pirates Cove Marine offers a sheltered anchorage for boaters, as well as two dinghy docks, one on either side of the cove.
This scenic marine park has a colourful natural and cultural history. Its settlement history ranges from extensive First Nations use to a homestead for the Aquarian Foundation, a religious cult led by Brother XII, who convinced 8,000 followers to give up their worldly possessions and follow him to De Courcy Island in the 1920s and early 1930s.
Unusual sandstone rock formations line the shoreline at Pirates Cove. Several middens in the park indicate First Nations use of the land dating back more than 3,000 years. The largest of these shell refuse heaps underlies the present campground.
Today, Pirates Cove Marine offers a variety of excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. This intertidal area is still abundant with a variety of shellfish and marine life.