Nelson Island

Sechelt, British Columbia

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Named after Viscount Horatio Nelson, the hero of the British navy, Nelson Island sits at the mouth of Jervis Inlet guarding the secrets of Prince of Wales Reach and Queens Reach. Famous with the yachting crowd for the scenery and anchorages in Blind Bay and Hidden Basin, the area has a lot to offer paddlers. It is one of the few spots on the coast where you can feel the presence of the towering Coast Mountains while experiencing the expanse of the Strait of Georgia. To explore the west side of Nelson Island, it is best to launch at Pender Harbour. The stretch of coastline from Gibsons north to Egmont along the east side of the Strait of Georgia is known as the Sunshine Coast. It is a region with a mild, dry and semi-Mediterranean climate that has proved attractive to settlement and industry. Despite these pressures, the Sunshine Coast continues to provide a number of superb wilderness experiences for paddlers of all abilities. From the ideal learning environment of Sechelt Inlet to the exposed 32-km (20-mi.) coastline between Gibsons and Sechelt, the Sunshine Coast offers some of the best paddling experiences in southwestern British Columbia.

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"Named after Viscount Horatio Nelson, the hero of the British navy, Nelson Island sits at the mouth of Jervis Inlet guarding the secrets of Prince of Wales Reach and Queens Reach. Famous with the yachting crowd for the scenery and anchorages in Blind Bay and Hidden Basin, the area has a lot to offer paddlers. It is one of the few spots on the coast where you can feel the presence of the towering Coast Mountains while experiencing the expanse of the Strait of Georgia.

To explore the west side of Nelson Island, it is best to launch at Pender Harbour. The stretch of coastline from Gibsons north to Egmont along the east side of the Strait of Georgia is known as the Sunshine Coast. It is a region with a mild, dry and semi-Mediterranean climate that has proved attractive to settlement and industry. Despite these pressures, the Sunshine Coast continues to provide a number of superb wilderness experiences for paddlers of all abilities. From the ideal learning environment of Sechelt Inlet to the exposed 32-km (20-mi.) coastline between Gibsons and Sechelt, the Sunshine Coast offers some of the best paddling experiences in southwestern British Columbia."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Sechelt
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 - 5 days
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 3311: Sunshine Coast -- Vancouver Harbour to Desolation Sound; 3312: Jervis Inlet and Desolation Sound; 3512: Strait of Georgia, Central Portion; 3415: Jervis Inlet
Driving Directions: Directions to Nelson Island

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May 2018