Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle

Powell River Area, British Columbia

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Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle


  • Quiet waters heading out of a bay.- Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • It can be worth it to hike up the hill for a better view of the bay. Many of these spots are on private land. Be sure to doublecheck before you leave the shoreline. Some folks don't mind respectful visitors, others prefer their privacy. - Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • Arbutus trees are ubiqutous on the island, with some of the highest density on the coast. - Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • Low tide often offers the most interesting views of the shore and water beneath. - Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • Driftwood is common across the island. In recent years there have been fire bans starting in July, so please check before starting any fires. - Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • The driftwood is great for resting your boats or for building a shelter.- Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • It can be fun and educational for families to try and build rafts using what is found on the beach. Most beaches are littered with rope, cord, and other materials that make raft assembly possible. You'll also discover a lot of garbage. - Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • Sangster Island on the south end of Lasqueti is a sandstone island with no residence. It can be a good place to camp because the beach consists of smooth stones or flat sandstone. - Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • Mid-July is pupping season, and you can see a lot of new faces in the rocks. - Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • Being close to shore makes paddleboarding pretty accessible. It'd be one heck of journey to go the full way around the island, but it's certainly not impossible. - Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • A sea kayak is the recommended mode of travel. Water can be hard to come by, so you will have to cart lots of it with you. - Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • Many folks prefer to take casual trips around the shore. This can be fun, though it takes a lot of effort to get on the island. It's a better idea to come with a plan. - Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • Playing with submerged tidal reefs.- Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • The beaches are also teeming with life. - Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
  • Typical log-strewn beach.- Lasqueti Islands Coast Paddle
Overview + Weather
Relatively warm water. Abundant wildlife. Quiet. Excellent views.
Strong headwinds typical on south side. Not tourist friendly. Hard to reach.
Powell River Area, BC
Pets allowed: 
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Site characteristics: Water: 
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
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Put-in location (lat, long coordinates): 
Lat: 49° 29' 59.99" N Long: -124° 20' 59.99" W
Shuttle required: 
Take-out location (lat, long coordinates): 
Lat: 49° 29' 59.99" N Long: -124° 20' 59.99" W
Total Distance: 
49.34 km (30.66 mi)
Trail type: 
Typically multi-day: 
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Water temperature: 
14.00 °C (57.20 °F)
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Lasqueti Island is a beautiful and unique island that sits in the Georgia Strait across from Parksville, in front of Texeda. It is home to a quiet, diverse, and close-knit community that thrives on independence and personal expression. Some have described it as a "utopia," which is a bit hyperbollic, but it is definitely a lovely spot.

Power on the island is limited to personal generators and solar panels. Vehicles are barged over, so their use can be limited. The island isn't keen to promote tourism, but respectful folks looking to explore the shore are certainly welcome. 

There is a passenger ferry that leaves from Parksville's French Creek Marina. For an extra fee they will take kayaks or similar large boats. Inflatible stand-up paddleboards aren't a problem. The ferry drops you off at False Bay on the north end of the island.

You can stay at the Dockside Inn, and there are several places for accomodation on the island.  The oceanfront places are the best choice for paddlers. Moving boats around the island can be challenging. 

There is a campground you can book on Jedediah Island Marine Park. It is booked through Backcountry BC.

The route

Day trips are easily done. Going north or south of False Bay offers superb day trips, although it is worth organizing a ride and launching from West Point or Squitty Bay and paddling to Jedediah and back to False Bay as day trips.

Paddling the circumfrence of the island is a worthwhile trip. It can be done in one or two days by strong paddlers. Campsites are not present on the island. The islanders prefer to discourage camping in Crown land, but it is perfectly legal. The best course of action is be respectful, Leave No Trace, and take efforts to not be obtrusive. Also be extra careful that you are on Crown land. Most of Lasqueti is private land.

Good campsites to aim for are Jenkins Island, which is deserted on the north end, Sancster Island, and the campground on Jedediah Island. Maple Bay, two-thirds of the way east on south side of the island, is an excellent place to stop. 

The weather normally determines which is the best route to take. The northeast side of the island has a lot more shelter with broken islands the whole way along. In rougher weather, or with a headwind, this is a more pleasant paddle. The south end is more exposed, but also less populous with more options for beach camping. 

Big highlights paddling are the many seals that hangout on reefs near jenkins, Squitty Bay, Rabbit Island and the north end. You will also see wild sheep on the shoreline. Jeddiah Island's south end has a stunning lagoon that is incredible to swim in at high tide. Many of the beaches are also fun to explore, and the paddling is very pleasant, particualrily in the Texada Straight.

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