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Wallace Island Marine Provincial Park is a boat-access-only adventure with an unbelievable about of wildlife along the way. We went May Long weekend and saw lots of sea stars, anemones, crabs, fish, deer, eagles, harbour seals, and otters.
You can get to Wallace Island from different directions but we took the shortest route from Salt Spring Island. We launched just past Fernwood Cafe on North Beach Road, where there's a pull out a few minutes up the road. This spot was a treat because you can drive down the ramp to the beach to unload everything, then park on the main road.
We paddled directly across to Conover Cove where we were greeted by a park ranger who suggested we camp at Chivers Point. We paddled with the strong current to the other end of the island to Chivers Point. There was lots of friendly kayakers who were already set up for the weekend and were very surprised to see stand up paddle boards. We snagged the last of 9 tent pads available and paid the back country fee of $5 a night. The next morning, we paddled around the other side of the island which was more calm.
For this trip I brought a 20L dry bag with my sleeping bag, tarp, hammock, towel, and puffy jacket. My second 20L dry bag had my stove, kitchen kit, food, beer, and my camera. There's no water on this island so I hauled the big water jug for the team.
Near Fernwood Cafe on North Beach Road
Waves and Wind
Very windy and strong currents especially in afternoon
What to see
So many sea creatures, neat rock formations, shelter at Conover Cove
Wildlife I've seen
Otters, harbor seals, deer, eagles, sea stars, sea anemones, crabs, fish, mystery bones.
Conover Cove, Chivers Point, Cabin Bay. $5/night p.p.
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