Copeland Islands

Intriguing island exploration & prolific marine life above and below the surface

Copeland Islands Marine Park is located just north of Lund BC and offers fantastic island paddling with great marine life & expansive views of rugged Vancouver Island

The Copeland Islands Marine Park is a wonderful collection of islands and islets with protected bays and thriving marine wildlife. The islands are easily reached on a day trip from the town of Lund, 30 minutes north of Powell River at the end of Highway 101, British Columbia. They are also a great place to start on a longer, multi-day paddle into Desolation Sound!

Easy Access from Lund at the ‘End of the Road’

Locally known as the Ragged Islands, kayakers can reach the Copeland Islands after approximately an hours’ paddle from Lund. Being a busy harbour in the summer months, we recommend kayakers take care leaving the launch site behind the Lund Hotel. Hugging the coast of Malaspina Peninsula to avoid boat traffic in busy Thulin Passage and any prevailing winds, kayakers should cross to the islands at the shortest possible point to minimize and danger that may exist.

Once you reach the first island, there are any number of meandering routes to choose from. If the tide is low, visit to the rock pools in between the first and second Copeland Islands. If the weather is calm, the western shore of the first island is another place where nutrient rich waters provide the perfect habitat for all sorts of colourful and interesting marine life.

Kayaks tied up at lunch in Copeland Islands in Desolation Sound during one of our Lund kayak tours
Paddling between two islets in the Copeland Islands on a sea kayak tour

Meandering Islands & Expansive Views

Pick a route and take your time paddling throughout and between the islands and islets. Countless bays and coves are scattered throughout, great places to stretch your legs and have some lunch on the beaches.

As you paddle north through the archipelago, the larger islands are replaced by rocky islets housing large numbers of sea and shore birds. Many different species of ducks, oyster catchers, sandpipers, gulls and cormorants can be seen. 

The Strait of Georgia is open to the west of the Copeland Islands. Incredible, expansive views are admired towards the rugged spine of Vancouver Island in the distance. In the evening, these views are often filled with some of the best sunsets on the whole west coast, as the sun drops behind the white-capped peaks and colours the sky with yellow, orange and red.

Day Trips & Multi-Day Adventures

There are opportunities to camp in the northern most islands of the marine park. Amenities include tent pads, outhouses and comfortable picnic areas. With some of the best sunsets on the west coast, the Copeland Islands are a great stop on the way to destinations to the north, such as Desolation Sound or the Discovery Islands.

Returning to Lund, it is simple to pick a route through the islands south and ensure that you don’t paddle the same area twice. Another option is to cross over to the mainland early and paddle back along Malaspina Peninsula. Make sure to  look for ancient native pictographs high up on a rock wall along the way! 

Whether visiting just for a day, spending a few nights to explore the area deeper, or passing through on the way to Desolation Sound and beyond, the Copeland Islands are an idyllic island paradise easily accessible for all levels of kayaker. 

A group of sea kayakers paddling to Major Rock near the Copeland Islands

The Copeland Islands are easily accessible from Lund, BC. Powell River Sea Kayak offers multiple options for those that wish to visit this wonderful marine park via kayak:

  • Rent a kayak for a day paddle or a multi-day adventure from our Lund location.
  • Take a Day Tour from Lund and experience this beautiful area with a professional guided tour.
  • Join one of our multi-day Desolation Sound Kayak Tours which will often visit the Copeland Islands during a more extensive tour of the Desolation Sound area (please note that our itineraries vary on these tours for many reasons and we do not always visit the Copeland Islands on these tours).