Exploring Jedediah Island Marine Park
British Columbia, Canada
Jedediah Island Marine Park was established in 1995 and is a diverse and interesting 243 hectare island with stands of old growth Douglas Fir and arbutus trees, flat meadows, rocky coves and sandy beaches. There are nesting birds in abundance, seals and sea lions on nearby rocky outlets, plentiful marine life and occasionally orcas passing through Sabine Channel. There is great hiking, fishing, beach exploring and wildlife viewing. There are also the remains of the original farm, now designated as heritage buildings, to view and also some feral farm animals that make Jedediah their home.
The 243 hectare Jedediah Island Park is located between Lasqueti and Texada Islands in the Sabine Channel of Georgia Strait. Part of Jedediah Island's charm is that it is not easy to reach. It's difficult to overstate how pleasant it is to stay at any of them. Jedediah's isolation and tranquility make it an excellent destination for kayaking and hiking. What sets Jedediah apart is its size (240 ha) one of the largest island parks in the province.
Home Bay is semi sheltered by Mother Goose Island, which lies just offshore. The Bays teem with shellfish: when the tide goes out, the exposed mudflats are ripe for clam raking. Jedediah's north and south ends are rocky and hilly; most visitors will be content to explore the trails that run through the middle section of the island. An old road crosses the island, linking Long and Home Bays. Unlike many of the nearby islands, Jedediah has never been subjected to wholesale logging; much of the forest cover through which visitors walk is old growth.
Jedediah Island is a beautiful uninhabited island that is now part of the B.C. Marine Parks system. We are a 25 mile sail from Nanaimo to Jedediah Island and should arrive in the early afternoon. Spend the rest of the day on Jedediah exploring, perhaps a bonfire at night before retiring to our bunks for the night. The next day we can spend on the island before sailing back to Nanaimo.
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