Broughton Archipelago Conservancy
- July 18, 2018: Warning – agressive harbour seal in the Canoe Islets area
BC Parks has received a report of a harbour seal attacking a group of four sea kayakers in the vicinity of Canoe Islets (just to the West of Cedar Island). Though harbour seal attacks do occur, this is not seen as typical behaviour, but does happen from time to time.
All visitors to Broughton Archipelago area should be mindful of this event. Larger group sizes may be advantageous. Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recommends you move away slowly at the first sign of disturbance or agitation. If the animal starts to stare, fidget or dive into the water, you’re too close. For emergencies involving marine animals, please contact DFO 1 800 465-4336.
About This Conservancy
Broughton Archipelago Conservancy was established as part of government’s land use decision in the Central Coast planning area. The islands and islets of the conservancy have been utilized by First Nation peoples for generations and are a popular marine destination for kayakers and pleasure boaters. The conservancy also protects important habitat for marine birds and wildlife, and adds to the area already protected by the existing Broughton Archipelago Marine Park.
Conservancy Size: 4,111 hectares
Date Established: March 13, 2009