The park was established in 1973, but was originally named when Captain George Vancouver discovered the Sound in 1792. Desolation sound is comprised of 8,449 hectares of steep forested hills, saltwater lagoons, sheltered bays, pocket beaches, and upland lakes.
The Sound is protected from harsh winds and currents. Its waters are also warmer than average in the summer, making it an ideal location for swimming and world-class diving.
•The Sound’s sheltered waters are ideal for small boats, kayaks, canoes, swimming, diving, and fishing
•Proper licenses are required for fishing and shellfish collecting
•Please check for red tide (PSP) notices in the area before collecting shellfish.
•Ideal swimming spots include: Unwin Lake, Cassel Lake, Black Lake, and Roscoe Bay
•Ideal hiking trails include:
•1 km trail at Teakerne Arm to Cassel Falls
•Trail at Roscoe Bay to Black Lake
Safety & Environment
•Check charts and weather schedules before heading out as weather can change quickly
•Make sure your boat has proper safety equipment
•Exercise caution when viewing wildlife; see our Wildlife Safety Information brochure for more information
•Do not disturb archaeological sites and other natural areas within the park
•Please be aware that you are on traditional Tla’amin territory. Please do not disturb middens or burial caches (e.g. by digging fire pits)
•Protect water quality – do not dispose of sewage or bilge water in any anchorages or channel ways
•Use bilge cloths for engine oil and other pollutants
•Do not fill portable fuel tanks on board
•Pit toilets available at Prideaux Haven, Tenedos Bay and Grace Harbour
•Anchorages available at the above locations, as well as Roscoe Bay, Teakerne Arm, Walsh Cove and Copeland Islands
•Campsites available at Tenedos Bay, Grace Harbour, Roscoe Bay, Copeland Islands and Okeover Arm Provincial Park
•No potable water available in the park
•Please minimize your impact on non-serviced areas like Curme Islands
•Bury waste in shallow hole 50 m from water sources, campsites, and trails in areas without outhouses
•Do not use detergents in waters; wash 30 m away from water sources
•When permitted, campfires only allowed on the beach below high tide line. Do not burn saltwater driftwood.
•Pack out garbage
•Reduce noise levels
•No alcohol consumption in public park areas
•Please respect private property within and around the park, particularly Portage Cove to Wooten Bay, and around Grace Harbour and Galley Bay.