Bligh Island

Type: Boat Access Only Wilderness Camping

Open: Year round

Fees: None

Reservations: No

Toilets: One Pit, located at Charlie`s Beach
Showers: No
Potable Water: No
Pets: Yes, on leash
Garbage: Pack it out
Fire Pit: No, Leave no Trace  (Check for fire ban)
Hydro: No
Sanidump: No
Accessible: No
Description: Bligh Island contains mature coastal forests and marine ecosystems and offers sheltered anchorage with deep bays in the lee of numerous forested islands. Nootka Sound has a colourful history with First Nations heritage and European exploration and settlement. First Nation peoples have occupied Nootka Sound for at least 4,000 years, enjoying the area’s bountiful natural resources. The park is rich in archeological sites. Bligh Island is named for Captain Bligh, the British Navy captain who sailed here with Captain James Cook in 1778. Resolute Cove on Bligh Island is named after Captain Cook’s ship; a cairn on the southeast cove of the island commemorates their landing. The area subsequently became a major centre for international fur trading.

Things to Do: 

Boating - The protected waters of the Spanish Pilot Group make for excellent paddling opportunities. Bligh Island is a popular destination for paddlers, who are likely to catch glimpses of a variety of marine mammals and waterfowl as they make their way through Nootka Sound. Paddlers can set in at boat launches in Nootka Sound; Tuta Marina and Cougar Creek are the most accessible boat launches for paddlers.

Fishing - Nootka Sound is one of the more popular salt-water sports fishing destinations on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Bligh Island offers anglers protected waters and beaches, and the opportunity to catch Chinook, coho, chum and pink salmon, and a variety of rockfish.

Hunting - Portions of this park are open to hunting for specific species.

Scuba Diving - The waters of Nootka Sound offer excellent cold water scuba diving opportunities.

Rules: BC Parks Policy. Practice Leave no Trace and BC Backcountry Camping Ethics

Operated by: BC Provincial Parks

Number of Sites: 0

Map: Park Map

Website: BC Parks

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