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Coasteering on Sangster Island

Nanaimo + Comox Valley Area, British Columbia

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  • Lasqueti Island off in the distance as you cross the northern shore of Sangster, which is littered with tidal pools, sandstone tiles and many seals.- Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • The tide pools hold all kinds of life. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • The southern side of Sangster offers some lovely terrain. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Still plenty of driftwood to be found.- Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Plenty of interesting formations for geologists to examine. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • The Southern portion of the island is warmer because it is in the sun most of the day.- Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • The shore begins to narrow into a shelf that is easy enough to walk. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • The conglomerate cliffs can be tricky and loose, so beware. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Around the corner of the conglormerate is a tricky section with good handholds that forces one into a overhang.- Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Immediately beyond this is a small cave, which almost always has a little inhabitant.- Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • This seal seems to often be here.- Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Just past the seal cave is the crux. It is a tricky overhung section that is plenty deep at high tide. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • It is at least a V3 traverse to make it the whole way. Be prepared to swim. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Luckily there are a few good exits to get back onto the rock. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Easier conglomerate third class makes up the next section.- Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Having a support boat with beers and snacks is rather nice. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • While the climbing in this section is not hard, the water is shallow even at high tide, so take care here. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Good thing this section eases up quickly. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Easier conglomerate thrid class makes up the next section.- Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Coasteering on Sangster Island.- Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Good sandy jugs make this route tricky but quite doable. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Pulling overhung jugs around the corner.- Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Big moves off the second crux.- Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • Final walk up to the eastern point. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
  • The eastern point lighthouse. - Coasteering on Sangster Island
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful beach. Seals, eagles, and more. Coasteering is on mostly juggy sandstone with a few technical moves.
Cons: 
Boat-only access. Lots of fishing traffic.
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Region:
Nanaimo + Comox Valley Area, BC
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Location type: 
Pebbly beach
Rocky shore
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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While commonly known as a fishing spot, Sangster Island of the southern tip of Lasqueti is a lovely spot for those kayak touring or boating through the area. The island itself is uninhabited with a small abondoned cabin in the middle that is hidden behind thick salal that makes gaining entry to the interior nearly impossible. But that's fine. The island has two seal colonies that mingle along the beaches, and that offer excellent wildlife viewings. The sandstone geography of the island, uniquely different to the nearby Lasqueti, has created an expanse of tide pools on the northeastern parts of the island. 

The one big adventure to the south is the steep face that guards the south. On a high tide it is possible to walk, scramble and boulder your way along the increasingly narrow edges of the cliff face. The hardest section peaks at V2 or V3 in bouldering grades. But it is easy to hop in the warm waters, and swim to the many easy exits along the shore and back onto the traverse. It takes about two leisurely hours for a moderately sized group to make its way around the island.

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