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Location Canada, British Columbia
Central coordinates 124o 42.30' West  50o 9.58' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 34,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description Desolation Sound is situated on the mainland coast of British Columbia at the northeastern end of the Strait of Georgia. The town of Campbell River is about 40 kilometers to the west across the strait. The IBA includes the coastal waters of the sound, from the Gifford Peninsula north to the Redonda islands. There are steeply sloping forested lands surrounding these waters although none of this land is within the IBA. Significant amounts of logging have occurred in the forests.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus non-breeding  1995  5,000 individuals  A1  Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park 7,701 protected area contained by site 8,000  
East Redonda Island Regional District Park 1,422 protected area contained by site 6,200  
Roscoe Bay Provincial Park 247 protected area contained by site 240  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Open sea; Sea inlets  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture major
tourism/recreation major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Desolation Sound. Downloaded from on 22/10/2014

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