When you visit Salt Spring Island, make sure your outdoor adventure includes Mount Maxwell Provincial Park. Immerse yourself in the splendour of this wilderness area and experience the ultimate jaw-dropping adventure on Salt Spring Island.
Ascend to the summit of Baynes Peak by either a drive or an extensive walk up a rough road. If you brave the twisty route to the top, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Vancouver Island and allow yourself to access more outstanding hiking trails. Here you can enjoy the best vistas available anywhere on the Gulf Islands.
Baynes Peak is Salt Spring Island’s highest point. From there, you can experience amazing views of the San Juan Islands. This breathtaking viewpoint is more than a reward for making it to the top. You may want to take a truck or SUV for those with mobility issues, but for those who prefer walking a trail, you will find that the view is worth the walk. A drive requires about 20 minutes each way, but if you’re hiking, you should figure one to three hours.
Mount Maxwell Provincial Park Activities
There are many exciting activities in Mount Maxwell Provincial Park. Most of them centred around its glorious environment. Vast views stretch out before you, afforded by one of the few open fields in the area, providing you with a panoramic vista all the way to Fulford Harbour. From the vantage point at the summit of Baynes Peak, you can search out distant landmarks like Mt. Baker, the plains of Western Washington, The San Juan Islands, and the Olympic Mountains.
There are several hiking trails with spectacular views. Well-maintained trails take off from the parking lots, some are easy strolls, and some are more demanding. You may prefer cycling your way through these beautiful mountain trails. Mountain biking is an easy way to cover more territory. All the trails are wondrous natural experiences, from wooded areas of old-growth and second-growth Douglas fir to following the ridge of Mount Maxwell and linking back up with the park entrance.
For those who enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, and camping, Mount Maxwell Provincial Park is your playground.
The Nature of Mount Maxwell Provincial Park
Mount Maxwell Provincial Park is a land of stunning beauty, filled with forests, lakes, streams, and the diverse ecosystems that they support.
When you’re in the middle of all this splendour, you have many opportunities to view the abundant wildlife, including eagles, deer, and elk. From raptors to ravens, this is a bird watcher’s heaven. Orcas and sea lions can be viewed cruising through the channels. For nature lovers, this park is the ultimate.
Your Life Can Be a Picnic
Enjoy a picnic with the best views in the Gulf Islands. There is a day-use area complete with an easy-access parking lot, pit toilet, picnic tables, and a designated viewing area. You can take in spectacular vistas of Burgoyne Bay and Samsun Narrows while you dish it up and clink your glasses.
Make Your Salt Spring Island Vacation Complete with a Visit to Mount Maxwell Provincial Park
Spectacular wilderness awaits you at Mount Maxwell Provincial Park on Salt Spring Island in BC. It is the ultimate Salt Spring Island eco-tourist vacation. Covered by forests of mature grand fir and oak and adjacent to the Mount Maxwell ecological preserve, this vibrant ecosystem provides biologists with a way to study its intricate diversity.
Mariner’s Loft Makes Your Vacation to Mount Maxwell and Salt Spring Island Perfect
Your time in the pristine wilderness can be balanced with time enjoying luxury and comfort at Mariner’s Loft. Mariner’s Loft adds a cozy luxurious accommodation to your day exploring Mount Maxwell Provincial Park. Enhance your local experiences on Salt Spring Island by adding a trip to the beautiful little town of Ganges while you relax at the beautiful Mariner’s Loft. Overlooking Ganges Harbour, there is something here for everyone. Contact us and book your stay.