Keats Island (British Columbia)

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Keats Island
Coordinates: 49°24′N 123°27′W / 49.400°N 123.450°W / 49.400; -123.450Coordinates: 49°24′N 123°27′W / 49.400°N 123.450°W / 49.400; -123.450
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region Howe Sound
Area
 • Total 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
 • Land 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
Elevation 242 m (795 ft)
  Exact population is suppressed in Canada Census, because the population is so small.
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
Area code(s) 604, 778
Keats Island from the north.
The view north from Keats Island, including Gambier island.

Keats Island is an inhabited island located in Howe Sound near Vancouver, British Columbia. Around eighty people live on Keats Island year-round.

Physical geography, settlements and climate[edit]

Keats Island is one of the smaller islands in Howe Sound, located offshore from the community of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast and directly west of Bowen Island.

Other than a few cleared fields, the entire island is covered in forest. There are several beaches scattered around the island, and a prominent rocky outcrop called Salmon Rock at the Southwest tip.

History[edit]

Keats Island is named after Sir Richard Goodwin Keats, a British Admiral. Admiral Keats served under Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson and was famous for sailing the HMS Superb through a blockade at Gibraltar in 1801 during the Napoleonic wars. In 1813 Admiral Keats was also a governor of the Island of Newfoundland.

Settlement and services[edit]

Residential development on Keats Island is mostly summer cabins, with about 80 full-time residents. Most residents shop and obtain other services in Gibsons, the nearest town of any size.

The communities on Keats Island are clustered around the two government wharves; Keats Landing on the west coast, facing Gibsons, is larger and has a view of Shoal Channel separating the island from the mainland. Eastbourne is located on the southeast shore. In addition, Plumper Cove extends along the west shore of the island from Freeman's Bluff (just north of the government wharf at Keats landing) to Plumper Cove Marine Provincial Park, and Melody Point is on the northwest tip of the island, facing Langdale.

Keats Camps is a Baptist summer camp operated on 93 hectares of land on the west part of the island. Keats Landing grew up around the camp, on lots leased from the Baptist Convention of British Columbia.

Barnabas Family Ministries is a camp and retreat centre operated on 64 hectares on the north side of the island. This land was formerly owned by the Corkum family, and was referred to as "Corky's Farm".

Access[edit]

Visitors to Keats Island can take a BC Ferry vessel from Horseshoe Bay north of Vancouver to Langdale Ferry Terminal on the Sunshine Coast. Keats Island and nearby Gambier Island are served by foot passenger ferry from the ferry terminal at Langdale, and Keats is accessible by water taxi from Gibsons and Horseshoe Bay.

There are a few rough roads connecting locations on the island, but there is very little vehicle use. A high proportion of the residential properties are accessible only from the water.

Amenities[edit]

Plumper Cove Marine Provincial Park, one of the oldest marine parks in BC, is a popular overnight destination for boats from nearby Gibsons and Vancouver.

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