D'Arcy Island's proximity to the United States border was exploited by famous American bootlegger Roy Olmstead in the smuggling of Canadian liquor, primarily whisky, to Washington State. His operation would transport the liquor from Victoria, B. C., to islands in Haro Strait, including D'Arcy, for later pickup by smaller craft that would move the contraband during rough weather, making it more difficult for the Coast Guard to detect them.
D'Arcy is accessible by private watercraft or marine charter only.
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve offers 7 marine-accessible backcountry campsites on D'Arcy. Facilities are limited to pit toilets and picnic tables. There is no potable water available, and no campfires are permitted. The Current Map and Hiking and Camping Information brochure provides updated camping fees .
- D'Arcy Island VancouverIsland.com
- Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada - National Parks of Canada
- Ken Burns, Lynn Novick (October 2011). Prohibition; Episode 2: A Nation of Scofflaws; Good Bootlegger. PBS. ISBN 978-1-60883-430-3. OCLC 738476083.
- Daryl C. McClary (November 13, 2002). "Olmstead, Roy (1886–1966) — King of King County Bootleggers". HistoryLink. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
- Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
- Ruttan, Stephen (November 4, 2012). "Tales from the Vault: The lepers of D'Arcy Island". Times Colonist. p. C4. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
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