Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF 79KB].
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Burdwood Group Conservancy

  • Some damage recently took place as shell material was removed from the beach area to create pathways and campsites. Anyone having any information as to this damage please contact BC Parks at 1 250 337-2418.

About This Conservancy


Burdwood Group Conservancy is a cluster of islands, including Denham Island, Walker Islet and several other unnamed islands and islets, situated between Gilford and Broughton islands at the entrance to Tribune Channel in the southern Central Coast of British Columbia. The Conservancy is 48 km northeast of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island and 290 km northwest of Vancouver. The Conservancy is within the traditional territory of the Mamalilikulla-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em and other First Nations of the area. The Burdwood Group Conservancy islands and islets comprise a total land area of 121 ha.

Burdwood Group Conservancy was established on March 13, 2009 pursuant to the Protected Areas of British Columbia (Conservancies and Parks) Amendment Act, 2008. The Conservancy is included in Schedule E of the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act and is administered under the Park Act.

Burdwood Group Conservancy protects a unique cluster of forested islands and islets in the protected waters at the entrance to Tribune Channel between Gilford Island and the mainland. The Burdwood Group of islands protects largely undisturbed forested upland habitats within a rich and diverse marine environment.

Please note: Shell beaches and shell middens are protected Archeological sites and therefore disturbance is prohibited. No shells or other materials can be removed from the beach areas. Ground disturbance; digging, is not permitted on the upland portion of the Conservancy.

Know before you go:
  • Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
  • No toilets.
  • Kayak or boat accessed camping only. There are currently no facilities provided.
Date Established: March 13, 2009

Conservancy Size: 121 ha
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Access is by boat or kayak only. The Conservancy is located 48 km northeast of Port McNeill on the northern edge of the Broughton Archipelago. The closest communities, towns or cities are Port McNeill, Telegraph Cove and Alder Bay.
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Nature and Culture

  • Culture: The Conservancy protects culturally significant sites and traditional use areas of the Mamalilikulla-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em and other First Nations in the area. In particular, the Conservancy foreshore protects culturally significant shell middens and intertidal clam gardens, or loxwiwe.
  • Conservation: The Conservancy protects a moderately sized kelp bed, as well as habitat for coastal bird species, marine mammals, salmon, and intertidal species, including productive butter clam and littleneck clam populations.
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Management Planning

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Activities Available at this Conservancy

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are kayaking and/or canoeing opportunities in the park.
Fishing

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Trail Information: There are no developed trails at this park.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are SCUBA diving opportunities in the park.
Swimming

Swimming

There are swimming opportunities in the park but there are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Windsurfing

Windsurfing

There are windsurfing opportunities in the park.
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Facilities Available at this Conservancy

Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are permitted.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. Kayak or boat accessed camping only. There are currently no facilities provided.