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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > Keats Island

Keats Island
Keats Island is situated in Howe Sound, directly west of Bowen Island.

The Community
Most of the community of Keats Island is on the west side of the island facing Gibsons with a view of Shoal Channel separating the island from the mainland.

British Admiral Sir Richard Keats
Keats Island is named after a British Admiral, Sir Richard Goodwin Keats. Admiral Keats served under Admiral Nelson and is famous for sailing the HMS Superb through a blockade at Gibraltar in 1801 during the Napoleonic wars. Admiral Keats is also a former governor of the Island of Newfoundland serving in 1813.

The small community of Keats Island is made up of summer cabins with some full-time residents. There are very few services on the island, with most shopping and required services found in the community of Gibsons.

BC Ferries to Keats Island
To get to Keats Island from Gibsons, there is a small-passenger only BC Ferry run by Kona Winds Yacht Charters Ltd. that services Keats and Gambier Islands from Langdale on a daily-scheduled basis plus service from Gibsons based Sunshine Coast Water Taxi.

Mercury Launch from Horseshoe Bay
There is also a Mercury Launch which operates throughout Howe Sound including scheduled service from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to the dock at Eastborne located on the east side of the island. Gambier Water Taxi also operates from Gibsons with service to the island on a per-fee basis.

Very Little Vehicle Traffic
Once you're on Keats Island, there are few roads to walk on where you get to see most of the island with very little vehicle traffic. One area that is a must to visit is the beach at Plumper Cove Marine Provincial Park.

Plumper Cove Marine Provincial Park
This marine park is located on the north-west side of Keats Island facing Gibsons. Plumper Cove Marine Provincial Park has various marine facilities available including a wharf and mooring buoys in the snug harbour. There are a few walk-in camping facilities available with fire pits and drinking water.

Pebble Beach
Plumper Cove also has a trail system that is very established offering you great views of Howe Sound and the town of Gibsons, especially from Observatory Point. Plumper Cove also has a small pebble beach offering opportunities for beachcombing, picnicking, kayaking, swimming, fishing and wildlife viewing.

Stony Hill
Another place where you can get another view from Keats Island is the short walk up 202-metres (667-feet) high Stony Hill. The start of the trail can be found either in Plumper Cove Marine Park or off Keats Road near the start of Skyline Road.

Sea Kayaking
Located just south-west of Keats Island is Pasley and Worlcombe Islands - the site of some excellent sea kayaking. Pasley Island involves around eight small islands all closely grouped together with Worlcombe close by. You can leave Keats Island and do a loop through the islands with a chance to see some wildlife including bald eagles and seals.

Keats Camp
Established in 1926, Keats Camp is a Christian-theme summer camp which has brought joy to the hearts of many throughout the years of its existence. Situated on around 200 acres of land, Keats Camp is owned and operated by the Convention of Baptist Churches of BC which has helped to form and anchor kids for life.

Barnabas Family Ministries
Also established on Keats Island is the Barnabas Family Ministries, a non-profit interdenominational Christian ministry used to help strengthen family and emotional values. Located on 157 acres of beautiful farmland, Barnabas Family Ministries has the ideal setting to achieve this life-long spirituality.

Government Docks
If you happen to be boating in the area, there are a couple of government dock areas; one located near Plumper Cove behind the Shelter Islets, the other at Eastborne. The rest of the docks on Keats Island are under private ownership.

Information on Keats Island



Gibsons Landing - Keats Island
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Keats Island from Gibsons Landing
View of Keats Island from Gibsons


Mercury Water Taxi - Horseshoe Bay
Mercury Water Taxi - Horseshoe Bay

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