This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
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].
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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Read Island Provincial Park

About This Park

Read Island Provincial Park encompasses old-growth and second-growth forest, bog and fertile lowlands and protects important high density bald eagle habitat. This variety of habitat allows a wide array of wildlife to flourish, including river otters, seals and sea lions along the water’s edge, and black-tailed deer, weasels, mink, beaver, cougars and wolves in the uplands. The park is an excellent spot to see bald eagles, who nest in the tall trees.

Octopus Islands is part of the BC Marine Trail Association network – a series of campsites, resting areas and safe havens designed and cared for by recreational boaters and paddlers. Once connected, this marine trail will extend from Vancouver to Prince Rupert and down into Puget Sound.

Wildlife and nature enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Read Island, located off the tip of Quadra Island. Visitors to the park will find plenty to do, including rustic hiking, kayaking, wilderness camping and swimming at Rosen Lake.

Established Date: April 30, 1996

Park Size: 637 hectares (625 hectares upland, 14 hectares foreshore)

Stay Safe:
  • There are no developed trails in this park.
  • Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
  • The park does not have a boat launch. The nearest boat launches are at Whaletown on Cortes Island and Heriot Bay on Quadra Island.
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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. The park is located on the southern tip of Read Island in the Quadra Island Group, off the east coast of central Vancouver Island. Access to the park is by boat only. Boaters can reference marine chart #3538 and #3539 for more information on this area. The closest communities are Read Island, Cortes Island, Quadra Island and Campbell River.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

  • Wildlife: Read Island Provincial Park is an excellent place to see bald eagles, who make their nests in the park’s tall trees. Other wildlife includes river otters, seals and sea lions along the water’s edge, and black-tailed deer, weasels, mink, beaver, cougars and wolves in the uplands.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information

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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

This area is a popular destination for paddlers, who come here to experience paddling in the sheltered waters and see a variety of wildlife.
Fishing

Fishing

Ocean fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are opportunities for SCUBA diving in this park.
Swimming

Swimming

There is no designated swimming area at this park however opportunities exist for ocean swimming and fresh water swimming at Rosen Lake. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided and there is no fee. Read Island is accessible year round. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided and there is no fee. Read Island is accessible year round. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.