Posted by: cherylyoung | June 3, 2012

VARGAS ISLAND PROVINCIAL PARK PROTECTS THE RUGGED WESTERN PROTION OF VARGAS ISLAND,HOME TO A GREAT DEVERSITY OF NESTING SEA BIRDS COLONIES

 

Vargas Island Provincial Park protects the rugged

 western portion of Vargas Island,

 

Blunden Island and the tiny La Croix Group of

islands located immediately northwest of Tofino

on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Vargas Island is relatively flat, with much of the

island’s interior featuring bogs.

 

The park area also includes the Cleland Island

Ecological Reserve, home to a great diversity of

nesting sea bird colonies.

Species that can be viewed include the Rhinoceros

Auklet, Cassin’s Auklet, Pigeon Guillemot and the

Black Oystercatcher.

Access to the 8 hectare island is prohibited, as the

 breeding seabirds are very sensitive to

disturbances.

 

Many marine features are represented in this

5,788-hectare park, including exposed rocky

 coast, sand beaches, sheltered channels and

bays, an intertidal lagoon and mudflats.

The park is also home to ancient sand berms –

rows of crescent-shaped sand mounds that

indicate earlier sea levels.

These berms can be seen on the historic 3-km

 telegraph trail, which crosses the island from

 east to west.

Magnificent Ahous Beach, on the island’s west

 coast, provides excellent camping for kayakers

who braved the Pacific swells and hikers who

trekked the old telegraph trail from the east side

 of the island.

Vargas Island has one of the highest concentrations

 of Nuu-chah-nulth heritage sites in Clayoquot

 Sound.

The traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth

First Nation incorporates much of the western

portion of Vancouver Island.

Vargas Island offers an excellent vantage point

 for observing marine mammals.

 

Naturalists are drawn to this area every spring

 as Gray Whales migrate through the offshore

waters en route to their summer feeding grounds

in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea.

 

Facilities at the park are limited to wilderness

camping and a day-use recreation area.

 

Visitors to the park are advised that there are

 wolves on Vargas Island and Flores Island.

 

Campsites must be kept clean and free of garbage,

and these wolves should not be fed, as they will

lose their fear of humans and become habituated

to people. Do not bury garbage.

 

If you pack it in – pack it out! Under the Park

and Recreation Area Regulations and the Wildlife

 Amendment Act, it is an offence to feed wildlife.

Vargas Island Provincial Park is located

 

immediately northwest of Tofino and west of

Meares Island on the west coast of Vancouver

 Island.

 

The park is accessible by kayak, boat or floatplane

from Tofino (5 km).

  

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR,

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C  www.cherylyoung.ca

 cbythesea@shaw

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