Burgoyne Bay Park is one of three provincial parks on Salt Spring Island in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. The park is a diverse eco-system of open grasslands, rocky shorelines, Douglas-fir forests, western red cedars, and Garry oak trees, creating the ultimate outdoor adventure.
It is also a park with significant historical sites. There are First Nation middens and gathering places where First Nations people have hunted and gathered fish, plants, and wildlife for thousands of years. This park contains over 11 documented archaeological sites, many sites representing spiritual and cultural significance connected to the Hul’qumi’num people’s creation stories. There are also several old historic farm buildings from early homesteaders.
This spectacular park is situated on beautiful Burgoyne Bay and provides a pristine salmon-filled estuary. The natural habitat in lower elevations has reclaimed the farmland hayfields and returned them to natural shrubs.
Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park was created in 2004 and now encompasses 524 hectares. Tucked up against protected lands on Mount Maxwell, Mount Sullivan, and Mount Tuam, Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park is one of the largest undeveloped environments in the Gulf Islands.
This is a must-see for anyone visiting Salt Spring Island. As a major part of the Island’s heritage, the park is considered a precious gem by the Salt Spring Island Community.
There is no shortage of outdoor recreational activities in Burgoyne Bay. If you enjoy hiking, horses, biking, wildlife viewing, and a variety of water sports, it’s all here.
The park’s camping facilities are a great option for those looking to extend their outdoor adventure exploring the area, and they provide sources of fresh drinking water. The whole family can experience the best in British Columbia beauty in this extraordinary outdoor space. Campground reservations are available all over the 110 provincial parks across B.C. There are also resort, and hotel accommodations in surrounding areas on Salt Spring and Vancouver Islands, and they are many and diverse, from cozy to luxurious.
Include Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park in Your Salt Spring Island Vacation
Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park is the ultimate Salt Spring Island eco-tourist vacation. In the middle of pristine and protected natural habitat, with ancient forests and interesting First Nation People history, this park is one of those must-visit destinations.
Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park is at the forefront of BC park’s interest in honouring local indigenous people, their connection to the land, and their rich and diverse cultures. Here you’ll find sacred places and a rich and bountiful environment. When you visit Salt Spring Island, make sure to include a visit to Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park in your itinerary.
For a comfortable stay in luxurious accommodations, close by in the town of Ganges is Mariner’s Loft. This retreat of cozy luxury is perfectly positioned to afford breathtaking views of Ganges Harbour. Whether you are travelling alone or as a couple or family, Mariner’s Loft has something for everyone. Contact us and book your stay.