Portland Island

Victoria, British Columbia

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Originally a First Nations camp, Hawaiian immigrants called “Kanakas” settled the island in the mid-1800s. The island was given to Princess Margaret in 1958 as a gift when she visited the province. She returned it to British Columbia as a provincial park in 1967. Now a National Park Reserve, it’s known for its sandy beaches, little coves, hiking trails through thick forests, orchards, and its easy access to the Saanich Peninsula. The northwest shore of the island below Kanaka Bluff has excellent intertidal life at low tides.

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"Originally a First Nations camp, Hawaiian immigrants called “Kanakas” settled the island in the mid-1800s. The island was given to Princess Margaret in 1958 as a gift when she visited the province. She returned it to British Columbia as a provincial park in 1967. Now a National Park Reserve, it’s known for its sandy beaches, little coves, hiking trails through thick forests, orchards, and its easy access to the Saanich Peninsula. The northwest shore of the island below Kanaka Bluff has excellent intertidal life at low tides."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Victoria
Distance: 7
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Full Day To Overnight.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: Canadian Hydrographic Service cruising atlas 3313 (charts in spiral-bound format) or 3441 (both 1:40,000); H&r Nautical Ventures Small-Craft Nautical maps: Sooke to Victoria and the Gulf Islands (strip charts mostly 1:40,000); Canadian Hydrographic Service current tables (Volume 5) for Race Passage with corrections for Swanson Channel; Canadian Current Atlas.
Driving Directions: Directions to Portland Island

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May 2018