DISCOVERY ISLAND

61 ha. Located 2 nautical miles East of Victoria offshore from Oak Bay.

descovery-thumbnailThe park is the southern part only; the northern portion is Indian Reserve lands and should not be entered without permission.  Approach with caution as there are many rocks and islets and no safe anchorage.  Currents in Haro Strait may be strong.  The main access to the park is via the rock and reef-strewn Rudlin Bay, which is exposed to the elements from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait. Kayakers can launch from Cattle Point, just North of Oak Bay Marina. Crossings are best made at slack tide in calm weather.

he park features a large, open field, southwest of Pandora Hill, where campers can set up a tent. A hiking trail system runs from the lighthouse on Sea Bird Point to the western shore of the park, where hikers can hike up Pandora Hill for sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains and surrounding area. In the spring, a colourful array of wildflowers blooms in the woodlands and meadows.

The northern portion of Discovery Island, adjacent Chatham Island and some of the smaller islands nearby are First Nations Reserve lands. Please respect these areas. Several of the nearby islands constitute parts of the Oak Bay Island’s Ecological Reserve. These habitats are extremely sensitive to human disturbance and vulnerable to the introduction of non-native animal or plant species. Please do not enter into these areas.

Services

Open from May 1 to Sept. 30. There are 12 campsites (open field). This is a PACK IN, PACK OUT park; there are no disposal facilities.  There is no water supply and NO FIRES are permitted. There is one pit toilet and picnic tables. Bring a CSA approved device for cooking.

Backcountry pre-registration is now available on-line @ http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/registration.  Please keep a copy of your Backcountry Permit with you as proof of payment.