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Trip 241 - April 29, 2022 (Friday)

Cliff Gilker Park Visit

Off BC Highway 101 on Sunshine Coast Between Gibsons and Sechelt

 

Cliff Gilker Park Location: BC Sunshine Coast, off Highway 101, approximately 12 km South of Sechelt, and 12 km North of Gibsons.

Liked: Two very fine waterfalls, numerous pleasant easy paths in the forest, creek canyon (as small as it is), several spots of spectacular mess of fallen trees and debris in the creek, shade, no bugs.

Of Note: Uneven ground on trails, exposed rocks and roots, noise from Highway 101 in some parts of the park, several trails and bridges are closed due to storm damage.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (5th edition) Park Coordinates: Page 10 (Gibsons) B6.

Related Website: Cliff Gilker Park - Sunshine Coast Regional District Official Website.

 

Cliff Gilker Park is a large wooded area located on BC Sunshine Coast in Roberts Creek area just off Highway 101 halfway between Gibsons and Sechelt. It is Sunshine's Coast answer to Vancouver's Pacific Spirit Park, in that both of these parks are quite big, have a whole lot of long and short intersecting trails, and feature pretty much the same kind of vegetation.

Cliff Gilker Park has fewer people than Pacific Spirit, and also features two very neat waterfalls - a small and a small-to-medium size ones. The park map actually shows four waterfalls, but we only found two. Also, if you are a fan of spectacular messes left by fallen trees and other debris, Cliff Gilker Park got you covered, as there are several very, very messy spots in the creek canyon, which is quite shallow and narrow, but, nonetheless.

Once you enter into the woods from the parking lot, the first waterfall is right there, only a few hundred meters away. The second (smaller) one is about 600 meters away, and you would need to walk clockwise along the creek to get to it in the quickest way possible.

Finally, and it certainly won't fly in Vancouver (sorry to say), but Cliff Gilker Park has a free standing AED machine just sitting in a box on an outside wall of a building in the parking lot. So, if you are driving between Gibsons and Sechelt, or visiting the park, and all of a sudden need an AED, there is one waiting for you right there 24/7/365.

1. Here is a Google Map of Cliff Gilker Park.

2. We are Northbound on BC Highway 101, with Gibsons about 12 km behind us, and Sechelt 12 km ahead, getting ready to turn right to Cliff Gilker Park.

3. Right away there would be a few parking spots and an information board, but a larger parking lot seen below is a few hundred meters further. Coordinates: N 49⁰25.800' W 123⁰38.501. Elevation: 102 meters. The parking is free.

4. Cliff Gilker Park Information Board. Biking is not permitted. There are a whole lot more trails than shown on the map, but, perhaps, they are outside the park boundaries.

5. Just behind the info board.

6. A fine gazebo. There is also a large playing field to the left.

7. Here is that playing field, with a picnic area in the foreground.

8. At the end of the parking lot, on the right side, is the entrance to a very large forest. Here is that AED, by the way.

9. The entrance to the forest with its many paths and a few busted bridges.

10. The first waterfall view is literally 50 meters away. Here you can see it behind the trees.

11-12. And here is a slightly zoomed and a bit more than that zoomed views of the first waterfall from the upper viewing platform.

Here is our video of the views from this location.

13. Walk for a few hundred meters, and, from a platform seen far ahead in the photo below...

14. ...see the first waterfall from its bottom viewpoint.

Here is our video of the views from this location.

15. A bridge to connect to the trail on the other side is badly damaged, so retrace your steps to the upper viewpoint and continue clockwise to get to the second waterfall.

16. A neat view of a bridge and a creek canyon en route to the second waterfall.

17. A spectacular mess indeed.

18. A bit further.

19. Just a good creek view.

20-21. Another busted bridge. It's a marker too, as the second waterfall arrives very soon after this bridge.

22-23. And here it is, a fine little waterfall. Hike clockwise and keep the creek to your right, and you will get to it in about 600 meters from the parking lot.

Here is our video of the views from this location.

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24. Creek canyon past the waterfall.

We did not quite know what to expect in Cliff Gilker Park, and were pleasantly surprised by the waterfalls and many fine trails. You can spend as little as a few minutes here and see the first waterfall, or hours and hours hiking numerous intersecting trails. Highly recommended.


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