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Denny Island

Wonderfully remote in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, Denny Island is located approximately 100 nautical miles north of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and 76 nautical miles west of Bella Coola. It is a mere 2 nautical miles from Bella Bella which is located on neighbouring Campbell Island.

Denny Island is accessible by plane or by water and can also be accessed by BC Ferries year-round.  BC Ferries has direct sailings to Denny Island through the winter months as part of their Inside Passage route. The Discovery Coast Passage route also operates between June and September with stops at Port Hardy, Bella Coola, Bella Bella (McLaughlin Bay) Denny Island, Klemtu and Ocean Falls. A passenger transportation service is available between Campbell Island and Denny Island.
Denny Island - Photo Credit Michael Wigle
Denny Island - Photo Credit Michael Wigle
The Royal Canadian Air Force chose the Shearwater Marine site on Denny Island as a reconnaissance base during World War II. The base was built to accommodate over 2,000 military personnel, although there were never more than 1,000 stationed there at any one time. This vibrant community is now home to about 70 year-round residents.

Services available on Denny Island include a grocery store, liquor store, post office, laundromat, public showers, cappuccino bar and art gallery/gift shop, hair salon, marina, shipyard, marine/hardware store, fuel dock, restaurant, pub, camp ground and RV park, rental cabins, bed and breakfasts, a resort and a hotel. There is also a 70-ton travel lift, a 100-ton haul-out, and a facility for all marine repairs. Denny Island also has a 3000 paved landing strip (see also Regional District services) and a protected float base. Aviation fuel is available at the Shearwater Marine fuel dock. School District 49 (Central Coast) provides classes from
kindergarten to grade 8.

The area is home to coastal wolves, grizzly and black bears, eagles and the Kermode “Spirit” bear. It is a wilderness destination offering kayaking, wildlife viewing, bird watching, diving, cruising and some of the best sport fishing on the central coast. Sightseeing and eco-tours,
boat rentals and fishing charters are available.

The community receives reliable hydro electric power from nearby Ocean Falls. Internet service is available.

For more info: http://www.dennyislandbc.ca/
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