The Copeland Islands offer one of the best kayak experiences when staying in the Powell River and Lund area. This fantastic group of islands and islets is located just north of Lund and often ‘forgotten’ by the majority of kayakers as they rush towards Desolation Sound.
This picturesque provincial marine park is named after a local character whose name was Joe Copeland and is also known as ‘the Raggeds’.
The best way to access these islands is to use the lovely hamlet of Lund as your starting point. The Lund area offers a variety of first class accommodations and campgrounds, as well as a convenience store and some very well-known restaurants, art galleries, kayak-outfitters and a world famous bakery. The government boat launch is located in ‘downtown’ Lund Harbour.
When paddling away from the hustle and bustle in the harbour you’ll just follow the Salish Sea’s rugged shore-line in a northerly direction. After rounding the first corner (Sevilla Island) the Copelands get in sight, but they are still about 45 minutes of paddling away. Stay away from the boat traffic in Thulin Pass by ‘hand-railing’ the Malaspina Peninsula and cross Thulin Pass from a small rocky islet to the white beacon on the first Copeland Island. Welcome to the Copeland Islands!