Kayak Camping in Desolation Sound Marine Park

Curme Island

Desolation Sound is a boater’s paradise, whether it is powered by an engine, sail or a paddle. Take a double kayak out to paddle the buttery smooth waters and set up camp on the Curme Islands in the middle of the park.

Leave from Okeover Arm just north of Powell River to get into the passage to the park. If you are coming from Vancouver, expect a 6 hour drive with multiple ferry rides.

The paddle to the campground is fairly easy for an intermediate kayaker. Distances are about 10km from one camp to the next. Only a small section was vulnerable to high winds. Most of the waterways were sheltered and the ocean was fairly warm.

For those that aren’t comfortable in a kayak, there are guided tours as well.

This adventure is amazing, because beside having your own private island to camp on, but you can also string a hammock between the Arbutus trees to watch the sunset over a serene bay with seals in it! The aquarium-like waters had plenty of sea life and the snow-capped mountains in the distance made the views of Desolation Sound almost unreal.

This is really a summer adventure, so make sure you go when the weather is warm and the forecast is good. Cell reception is good throughout the park but if a storm rolls in it is a long paddle to civilization.

You can park at the kayak rental shops for free if you rent, otherwise there is a daily fee. Pay for your permits online through the BC Parks Website.

Before you head out, stop in in Lund, a small town north of the launching point. Nancy's Bakery is delicious before or after to carb load.

Pack List

  • A kayak
  • Waterproof bags
  • Hammock
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Bear spray
  • Bear vault for your food
  • Good hiking clothes and water shoes
  • No need for campfire items as the only areas that allow fires provide beautiful cedar logs to burn
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Activities Camping, Fishing, Photography, Kayaking, Swimming
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer
Features
Beach
Groups
Lake
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Loved This Adventure!!

Absolutely beautiful place to kayak and camp. We saw lots of wildlife. Porpoises and seals so close to our kayaks! Also deer on the small island where we camped. (I guess they get over at different tides) we had great weather and had lots of fun swimming to. It was amazing!!


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