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Deep Cove Kayak Centre is the perfect location to start your paddling adventure. Indian Arm is a scenic fjord surrounded by spectacular mountains. It is an excellent recreation and tourism destination. Deep Cove is located only 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

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Deep Cove
Deep Cove
admiralty-point
Admiralty Point
Bedwell Bay
Bedwell Bay
Belcarra Park
Belcarra Park
Berg's Landing
Berg's Landing
Best Point
Best Point
Boulder Island
Boulder Island
Cates Park
Cates Park
Croker Island
Croker Island
Granite Falls
Granite Falls
Grey Rocks
Grey Rocks
Hamber Island
Hamber Island
Indian River Estuary
Indian River Estuary
Jug Island
Jug Island
Lone Rock Point
Lone Rock Point
Power Stations
Power Stations
Raccoon Island
Raccoon Island
Silver Falls
Silver Falls
Thwaytes Landing
Thwaytes Landing
Twin Islands
Twin Islands
Wigwam Inn
Wigwam Inn

Raccoon Island

Raccoon Island is located in the middle of Lower Indian Arm. Small in size, but with a rocky place you can pull up your kayak or paddleboard at low tide, people often stop here for a rest. It is a good stepping stone to Twin Islands.

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Distance from Deep Cove:4 km
Paddling Time One Way: Fast: 35 min. Avg: 50 min. Leisurely: 1 hr.
Suggested Route:Paddle north from Deep Cove along the west side of Indian Arm until you reach Lone Rock Point a.k.a. Danger Bay Island. From here cross the channel to Raccoon. To return paddle back to Jug Island for a nice circular route.
Hazards:
  • Afternoon warming on a sunny day creates strong headwinds for your return trip.
  • Lots of motorboat traffic on busy weekends.
Features: Raccoon Island has a steep rocky shoreline. The best place to access it is on the northwest shore where there is a small rocky beach (beware this beach disappears at high tide). Raccoon Island is a BC Marine Park. There is no drinking water and no outhouse.
History: You can locate four depressions in the ground on the middle of the island. A prospector who believed he could find blue diamonds on the island created these depressions.
Nature: Raccoon Island would be more appropriately named Goose Island. In the spring it becomes infested with aggressive nesting Canada Geese. If you decide to venture into the middle of the island during this time the bushes will come alive with hissing of the territorial geese. Close your eyes and it will seem as if you are surrounded by snakes!
Important Note: No camping and no fires are permitted on the island.
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