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Fantasy Islands: Bunsby Islands, British Columbia Photo: Virginia Marshall

Enjoy rich marine life, lovely wilderness campsites, unusual rock formations and spectacular sunsets on Bunsby Island

Ready for adventure? We’ve roamed the world’s oceans and lakes to compile this look at eight of our favorite island escapes, from lounging in the palm trees of the South Pacific to paddling with whales in the Bay of Fundy and gazing at grizzlies in Alaska. We’ve also included one escapade that’s so daring, it may never be repeated. 

Untamed, isolated and exposed, few places better exemplify the wild nature of Vancouver Island’s rugged northwest coast than the Brooks Peninsula and the adjacent Bunsby Islands. Sheltered by the peninsula and the off-lying Barrier Islands, the Bunsbys are relatively protected from the mighty Pacific swell. Within their quiet passages, paddlers enjoy rich marine life, lovely wilderness campsites, unusual rock formations and spectacular sunsets. With the exception of Big Bunsby Island, which is a provincial park, all of the islands and their surrounding waters lie within the vast Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve. Along with important seabird nesting sites and an abundance of whales, the reserve is home to a thriving population of sea otters. Centuries of hunting lead to the extirpation of the sea otter from the B.C. coast in the 1830s, but the reintroduction of the luxuriantly furred marine mammals in 1969—and the creation of the reserve in 1981—has triggered a comeback. Today, rafts of the moon-faced...

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