The parks and campgrounds listed extend from just south of Lund to Desolation Sound to the north. The majority of the parks and campgrounds listed are Provincial Parks with a website link for more information that includes amenities, restrictions and a location map. The text in most listings has been taken or paraphrased from the website.
A small chain of islands islets and rocks (Ragged Islands), in Thulin Passage makes this 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.
Discharge of sewage in anchorages and shellfish harvesting are prohibited.
This park is a yachter’s paradise at the confluence of Malaspina Inlet and Homfray Channel. Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park has more than 60 km of shoreline, several islands, numerous small bays and snug coves. The warm waters of the park are ideal for swimming and scuba diving; the forested upland offers a shady refuge of trails and small lakes and wilderness tent sites.
The park can be split up into three major destination anchorages: Prideaux Haven, Tenedo’s Bay and Grace Harbour. There is a pay phone and restaurant at Okeover Bay and limited shopping in Lund.
Sea kayak expedition in July 2012 to Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park.
Photography: Claus Thiim
Dinner Rock Park & Forestry Site
Powell River Forest Department 604.485.0700
13 sites located approximately 3 km south of Lund. Slow down to see the small wooden sign. There is steep, paved road into the park that takes you through an incredible canopy of trees. The campsites, which are right by the ocean, include picnic tables and pit toilets, but no potable water.
Located in the Discovery Islands this is a popular anchorage for recreational boaters. Located on the northwestern tip of Cortes Island, the inlet can be entered from northern Sutil Channel.
This undeveloped marine wilderness park encompasses lakes, estuaries, a salt water lagoon and the old-growth forest Coast-Salish First nations call "Ha'thayim". Wilderness camping is permitted and the area is popular with cruising boats seeking remote tranquility in this beautiful area. The park features a number of secure anchorages providing protection from the elements
Located on Cortes Island, this beautiful park fronts the water on both Hague Lake and Manson Bay. Recreational opportunities include fresh water swimming in Hague Lake, and marine wildlife viewing in Mansons Lagoon. Camping is not permitted at this park, however camping is available at nearby Smelt Bay Provincial Park..
On the east side of the Malaspina Peninsula, visitors enjoy canoeing and kayaking, searching out the varied marine life and walking through the lightly-forested upland. This small campground is on the doorstep of Desolation Sound Marine Park. There are 14 vehicle/tent sites open seasonally and four small, condensed sites open all year. Activities include swimming, fishing, canoeing/kayaking.
A small fjord and adjacent upland on the east side of West Redonda Island, this park provides excellent opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, backcountry camping and anchorage in Roscoe Bay and fishing, hiking and warm water swimming at Black Lake.
Special feature: Roscoe Bay is known for it’s annual congregations of Moon Jellies (Jelly Fish).
Located on the southern peninsula of Cortes Island, the park is named for the capelin fish that spawn ashore by the tens of thousands and draw a variety of other marine life to the area, including salmon, seals, sea lions, seabirds and otters. Gulls, Bald eagles, cormorants, herons and oystercatchers can also be seen here.
Smelt Bay is the only provincial campground on remote Cortes Island offering 22 spacious campsites laid out in a wonderful setting in the woods overlooking Smelt Bay. Reservations accepted through Discover Camping
39 hectares of upland and 46 hectares of foreshore (85 hectares total) the park is located west of Gorges Islands, on the east side of West Redonda Island. This area provides a safe and scenic anchorage and has opportunities for diving, kayaking, swimming and fishing.
There are no facilities at this park and no development of this park is planned according to the 1993 Management Plan.