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    Doug Horswill

    Does anyone have insights into camping and kayaking in the Bligh Island marine park area. My son and I are thinking of doing a few days there this September.

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    Nick Heath

    I’m interested in that NW Bligh I location, Tony. Do you have any additional info or images by chance? I see a few possible places on the satellite image.

    Tony Clayton

    I have stayed at Charlie’s Beach 4 times for a couple of nights on two different trips to Nootka Sound. Fortunately, unlike Nick, we have had no bad experiences. It can get busy so there is a definite advantage in arriving early and having the best option for your tent site.

    There is a rough campsite in the shallow bay on the NW shore of Bligh about 1 1/2 miles south of Carlos Point. I have not camped there but it made a pleasant lunch stop and it had obviously been used by a large group ( outfitter?) for camping at some point.

    Nick Heath

    Charlie’s Bch is the most used site and it s usage is quite heavy – your neighbours could  be nice gentile paddlers or might be less-than-pleasant boozed-up fishers, who make gobs of noise at 4 am (swearing mostly)  and lots in the late evening (with their generators and loud music) but expect you to be perfectly quiet after 2 pm until nightfall when they stir from deep sleep/sunstroke for a few hours to build an oversized bonfire under the trees, throwing sparks onto your tents. (How do I know this?)

    Ewin Inlet Head is the only other site I know of on Bligh, but I have not been there. I imagine it is pleasant enough but unexciting, being at the end of a long inlet. Other sites that I have checked on Bligh might work at Neaps but the beaches would be flooded at Springs.

    A nearby good option is Vernaci I in the Spanish Pilot Gp right next door. I can almost guarantee no fishers there. At least the US border is still closed to them for a while longer…although there are more than enough who live in our country, too.

    You can check all these sites on the BCMT map.

    There has been an ongoing oil spill cleanup at Bligh I from  a sunken barge or small- mid sized boat. I think it some areas might still be heavily boomed. I haven’t heard that any beaches are polluted, but then this type of thing often goes unreported because everyone wants to appear competent even when they fail miserably. Whether BC Parks checks their (our!) park shores on a regular basis, I just don’t know, but my gut tells me they are more likely off doing other things instead.

    Theresa Davies

    I’ve kayak camped on Bligh Island. Call or email me.

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