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At right, a woodpecker is sheltered but not quite camouflaged in a canopy of moss-covered branches at John Daly Park, just one of many in the area. Pender Harbour-Egmont has more parks than any other area of the Sunshine Coast Regional District. Myrwin photo.
Discover unique plant and animal species in rainforest areas, explore alpine slopes, collect shells and driftwood on quiet shorelines, study Indian artifacts and reach unobtrusive observation spots for spawning salmon, eagles and more.
All wildlife in our parks is protected— this means no hunting. Burning is not permitted in "fire season" when the forest is dangerously dry. Cutting trees isn't allowed but, in most parks, branches or driftwood can be collected for fires.
Potable water may not be available in some isolated marine parks so plan ahead... you may want to stay a while. Don't forget your camera, along with extra batteries and film or memory cards.
Baker's Beach Park
- Profile - Features a sheltered, sandy beach on a small, sheltered bay, a favourite swimming spot for locals since the early days of Pender Harbour. Dedicated as a Regional park in the mid-1990s.
- Access - From Hwy 101, take Francis Peninsula Road (Madeira Park). Take Warnock Road to the park entrance.
Dan Bosch Park
- Profile - With a sandy swimming beach on Ruby Lake, this summer, day-use (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) regional park features three picnic tables, public toilets, a trail and onsite caretaker.
- Access - Hwy 101, about ten minutes south of the Earls Cove ferry terminal.
- Profile - This small, level park in the centre of Egmont features a grassy field, tennis court and playground. It's the site of most of the annual Egmont Day activities.
- Access - The centre of downtown Egmont; the old Egmont School site.
Francis Point Park
- Profile - The day-use park is undeveloped, pit toilets only, but offers a trail to a panoramic ocean view at the top of Francis Peninsula in Madeira Park. The offshore area is noted for exceptional diving.
- History - The 81-hectare marine park and adjacent ecological reserve was dedicated by the provincial government in 2001. In 2009, Barbara DeMott donated 2.2 hectares to be added to the park through the BC EcoGift program in exchange for tax benefits.
- Access - From Hwy 101, follow Francis Peninsula Road to Merrill Road. Turn left and find the park entrance at the end.
Garden Bay Marine Park
- Profile - This day-use marine park on the northern shore of Pender Harbour near Garden Bay, is 163 hectares with 200 metres of waterfront. It features a sheltered anchorage with floating dinghy dock, trail and a picnic area with a water tap —boil water before consuming or cooking— and pit toilets. Activities include swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, canoeing and kayaking. Park upland includes a small Coast Salish cemetery and Mt. Daniel, where you’ll find a trail to the top.
- History - Established by the provincial government in 1969.
- Access - By land, about 2 km down Claydon Road from Garden Bay Road. Marine access is steep and rocky.
Iris Griffith Wetlands
- Profile - In downtown Madeira Park, this small wetland park features a boardwalk across a beaver dam, seating, interpretive signs, fish ladder for spawning salmon and variety of waterfowl including resident Great Blue herons.
- History - Once an inaccessible bog and fondly known as West Nile Pond, it was developed as a project of the Pender Harbour Growth & Development Partnership and named after longtime Egmont resident and devoted environmentalist, Iris Griffith.
- Access - From Madeira Park Road beside the Post Office, or from Lagoon Road behind the Community Church.
John Daly Park
- Profile - Features a salmon wintering pond, trail and a large grassy area suitable for picnics. It’s ideal for viewing the dramatic spawning activity from late September to late December. Black bears, raccoons and bald eagles are attracted by spawning salmon, so keep your dog leashed— some just can't resist a roll on a stinky, rotting salmon carcass. At spawning time, late fall, you'll see dozens of eagles and maybe a bear or two.
- History - This small regional park in Kleindale was named after an eccentric local commercial fisherman who married author Edith Iglauer (her book and the subsequent movie, Fishing With John, was based on their early relationship).
- Access - Take Garden Bay Road from Hwy 101. Proceed 1 km to the entrance on your left.
Katherine Lake Park
- Caretaker - Reservations and other enquiries, 604-883-9557.
- Profile - On picturesque little Katherine Lake, this popular swimming and RV/campground features a sandy beach, trails, wheelchair access, drinking water, toilets, showers, and an onsite caretaker. In summer, reservations are recommended for overnight camping.
- Caution - Because of this lake’s small size and big popularity, the Health Dept. may prohibit swimming because of high fecal coliform counts, usually mid- to late summer.
- Access - Take Garden Bay Road at Hwy 101. Proceed 5.5 km to the entrance across the road from Garden Bay Lake. You’ll see a sign.
Klein Lake Forest Recreation Site
- Caretakers - Rick & Cheyenne, Site 10.
- Profile - This provincial forest recreation site, featuring 15 tent sites and the Ruby-Klein Traverse, is recommended for swimming and canoeing. In summer, reservations are recommended for overnight camping.
- Access - Take Egmont Road to the unmarked, unpaved North Lake Forest Service Road # 8058. Proceed about 3.3 km.
- Caretaker - Jay Deman, 604-883-0432.
- Profile - This public park, built and maintained by the Pender Harbour Lions Club, features a hall, playground, trail, salmon hatchery, barbecue area, sports field and onsite caretaker. This is a popular spot for local weddings, family reunions and festivals.
- Access - Hwy. 101, just north of the Garden Bay Road turnoff.
Pender Harbour Cultural Centre
Pender Hill Park
- Profile - This undeveloped regional park in Irvine's Landing features a trail to one of the most spectacular panoramic views in the area.
- Access - Take Garden Bay Road at Hwy. 101. Bear right at the Y intersection on Garden Bay Lake to take Irvine’s Landing Road. Turn right on Lee Bay Road. Proceed about 1.1 km.
Ruby Lake Lagoon Nature Reserve
- Profile - This 25-acre reserve by Ruby Lake features a freshwater lagoon, forested area and the Iris Griffith Interpretive Centre.
- Access - Hwy. 101 near Ruby Lake Resort.
Seafarer’s Millennium Park
- Profile - Small Regional park at the Madeira Park Public Wharf includes picnic tables, boat launch and a gazebo overlooking the commercial fishing and pleasure boats moored at the docks. A tiny but impressive showcase for the work of volunteer gardeners, launscapers, rockworkers and wood carvers. Site of the annual April Tools Wooden Boat Building Challenge, Hallowe’en Fireworks, sometimes a venue for outdoor musical performances and an ideal viewing spot for the Christmas Carol Ships Parade. Est. 2000, after it was decided that Madeira Park really did need a park to answer the typical question from first-time visitors, “Where’s the park?”
- Access - By road or boat, Madeira Park Government Wharf.
- Profile - This 123-hectare park has pit toilets, picnic sites and features a trail to the powerful Skookumchuk tidal rapids. The rapids are one of the most visited attractions in the area, site of the annual Skookumchuk Challenge kayak rodeo and a popular scuba dive site. This park is day-use only (no camping) and dogs must be leashed. Please respect the privately owned property adjacent to the entrance trail.
- History - Established in 1957.
- Access - Egmont Road (off Hwy. 101 near Earl’s Cove) between Waugh Lake and Egmont. A parking lot and sign marks the entrance (don’t tempt fate by leaving valuables in your vehicle).
- Profile - The largest park in the area, featuring a restored, historical fire tower on top of Mount Hallowell and a network of logging roads, mountain-bike trails and hiking trails through almost 3,000 hectares looking down on Pender Harbour from the Caren Range. Larger wildlife species include Roosevelt elk, black bear, cougar, wolves and coyotes.
- History - Established in 1999, named in the Coast Salish language for the marbled murrelet, a red-listed water bird that nests in the area.
- Caution - Some logging roads may be active. Enter the park with caution in hunting season; most of it is open to hunters.
- Restrictions - Motorized access, i.e. trail bikes, snowmobiles, etc. is permitted only on existing trails.
- Access - Top of Menacher Road in Kleindale or Trout Lake Road in Halfmoon Bay.
- Profile - Just over five acres of lakeside woodland, currently under development for clean-up, removal of invasive species and construction of a low-impact trail connecting with a walk around Lily’s Lake.
- History - Longtime and well-known residents, Jim and Vi Tyner, bequeathed their land to the SCRD for use as a park. Their wish was that their land be left natural and undisturbed, a place for the wildlife to have sanctuary in the steadily developing community. We hope you respect their dream.
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Parks >> Baker’s Beach | Dan Bosch | Egmont | Francis Point | Garden Bay Marine | Iris Griffith Wetlands | John Daly | Katherine Lake | Klein Lake | Lions | Pender Harbour Cultural Centre | Pender Hill | Ruby Lake Lagoon | Skookumchuk | Spipiyus | Tyner.