A popular, mostly all weather anchorage
Pirates Cove Marine Park is a 31 hectare (75 acre) provincial park situated on the southeast end of DeCourcy Island. Established in 1966, this park is a significant draw to boaters given its very well protected cove offering fairly good anchorage. Providing two dinghy docks and a number of stern tie mooring rings, Pirates Cove is an active anchorage during the summer months. Although locals say it is not as busy as it was in years past, I have counted upwards of 50 boats on the busiest weekends. If you love boats like a lot of us do, Pirates is always a great stop to dream and admire someone else’s joy.
Walking Trails and More
The park also provides excellent walking trails in addition to a very popular beach at the south endknown to locals as…south beach. This is a fantastic spot during the warm summer months to enjoy swimming, digging for clams and just relaxing. The bay here provides excellent anchorage when there is a northwesterly wind, or if you find Pirates Cove is just too crowded.pirates_cove1
The park is also quite popular with kayakers that make their way over to camp in the park and use the traditional BC park facilities. These include tent platforms, outhouses, potable drinking water, and lots of friendly racoons.
There is no fee for moorage, but fees for apply to tent use. Mosquitoes can be an issue at times.
Russell’s Landing – Private Dock
The main dock located within Pirates Cove is a private facility for the use of DeCourcy Island residents and guests only. Please do not tie up to the dock, or use it to access the park.