Posted on: July 1, 2018 8:45 am
by: Doug Smith
Wallace Island Provincial Park is found in the Gulf Islands between the northern ends of Saltspring and Galiano Islands. It is a marine-only access park with anchorages for larger boats and landings for paddlers. Most paddlers come over from Saltsping where it is only about 2 km from launch to landing. It is possible to paddle from Vancouver Island, Galiano Island, or Gabriola Island too. We launched from Montague Harbour Park on Galaino and paddled the 14 km route up the west side of Wallace Island and landed at low tide on the north end of Wallace Island at Chivers Point.
Kayakers can also land at Conover Cove or at Cabin Bay, but the largest campsite for paddlers is at Chivers Point. It is also a good distance from the larger boats farther down the island. We hiked all the way down the island to look at the other anchorages, points, and landings.
Chivers Point has a protected cove and is a great place for landing at high tide. At low tide, the channel is farther out where it is rockier, but it still a a protected spot to land and unload a kayak.
We hiked down the island to Cabin Bay which faces east into Trincomali Channel. there are two campsing spots there.
On the middle day we paddled north around the Secretary Islands and among a number of smaller islands. On our last day we paddled around the north end of Wallace Island, then straight across Trincomali Channel to the bluffs of Galiano Island. This route is 15 km and best done without headwinds of currents running the wrong way. As we approached Montague Harbour, the winds and currents relented and we had calm seas and sunny weather to finish the trip.