Valdes Island

The island Valdes Iceland belongs to the southern part of the Gulf Islands in the Canadian province of British Columbia, and lies between the mainland and Vancouver Iceland.

The island in the Strait of Georgia is more than 16 kilometers long and more than 2 kilometers wide. The highest point of the island is the Mexicana Hill with a height of 212 meters. The island is connected with other smaller mountains, which reach a height between 100 and 140 meters, covered.

From the westerly Vancouver Iceland, the island is separated by four smaller islands. The northern neighbor island is Gabriola Iceland, while the southern Iceland Galiano is. In the southwest lies Thetis Iceland.

The island is part of the Cowichan Valley Regional District. A proper village or a focus of settlement are not available on the island. The few permanent residents living in single detached houses. Smaller collections of houses can be found on the north coast and in the reserves of Lyackson, mainly in the on Shingle Point on the west coast.


Was named the island after the Spanish sailor Cayetano Valdés y Flores Bazán, which these waters with the expedition of 1791 under Alessandro Malaspina di Mulazzo and besegelte of 1792 under Dionisio Alcalá Galiano -. The name was, however, given the island in 1859 by the English navigator and hydrographer George Henry Richards.

Before the arrival of the first European explorers and settlers, however, the island was already predominantly populated by First Nations, of the tribe of Lyackson. On the island more than 60 archaeological sites were detected. A settlement of the island is so for more than 1000 years as shown.


Valdes Iceland is not regularly accessible by ferries. A formal water aerodrome there on or around the island also not, but it is an appropriate landing still possible. The island has still also not a road network.


On the island there is a Provincial Park, the Wakes Cove Provincial Park. This park, in the north of the island can only be reached by boat.