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Trip 248 - May of 2022

Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park

Gray Point Trail Hike

Galiano Island, British Columbia

 

Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park Location: At the end of Montague Park Road on Galiano Island, approximately 8 kilometers from Sturdies Bay Ferry Terminal.

Liked: Very fine views from day use area and Gray Point Trail. Available potable water.

Of Note: The park is popular. Camping in a vehicle is subject to the same fee as using a camping spot.

Vancouver Island, Victoria & Gulf Islands Backroad Mapbook (9th edition) Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park Coordinates: Page 20 (Galiano Island) E3.

Related Website: Montague Bay Marine Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Website.

 

Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park is the only vehicle-accessible provincial park on Galiano Island, and is quite popular. This park is located about 8 kilometers from Sturdies Bay Ferry Terminal, served by BC Ferries from Tsawassen and Swartz Bay. This park has 16 campsites, and also a large parking lot dedicated to camping in vehicles. Curiously, whether you have a nicely treed (though not terribly private or scenic) and personal picnic table-equipped spot, or are squeezed between the vehicles of fellow car campers at the parking lot, the cost per night is the same - $25.

Boaters can also use the park by docking or using buoys for a fee.

There is drinking water from ground-based taps available at several spots, a boat launch, a very picturesque day use area with a beach overlooking the harbour, and a fine Gray Point Trail with many good views and several beaches. The beaches are all a mix of stones/crushed shells/and some sand. There are also numerous arbutus trees giving the trail a particular charm.

A small grocery store, a restaurant, and a kayak/scooter rental is located about 1.5 km away from the park at the Montague Harbour Marina.

1. Here is a Google map of Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park.

Here is our video of driving from Sturdies Bay Terminal to Montague Harbour Park.

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2. We are on Montague Park Road, approximately 7 kilometers from Sturdies Bay Ferry Terminal.

3-4. Now making a right turn to stay on Montague Park Road. Montague Road is on the left, and it leads to Montague Harbour Marina with its store/restaurant/rentals in several hundred meters. It's pretty tight road-wise by the marina, and anything larger than a full size pickup truck might have a very interesting time turning around.

5. About a kilometer later, just over 8 kilometers from Sturdies Bay Ferry Terminal, we are entering Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park. The gate is closed from 11 PM to 7 AM. Keep that in mind, if you have a vehicle and need to catch a ferry which leaves early in the morning.

6. The rules of the place.

7. The road past the gate. It's a very pleasant park, with lots of vegetation.

8. A few hundred meters past the gate, there is a sign indicating what's where. Day use area is straight ahead, and vehicle camping lot is to the left.

9. Here is that vehicle camping lot. Literally, cars and vans are parked next to each other and pay the same daily fee as folks to are staying in one of the campsites.

10. Here is an area just to the left of the above parking lot, where tents can be pitched and picnics can be had.

11. Now moving straight past the directional sign seen in photo #8.

12. One of the Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park's campsites. Again, not terribly private, as these trees do not make for much of a fence, and there are no scenic views, but an own campsite is good to have.

13. Just past the campsites, there is a very popular day use parking lot. One of the potable water ground taps is located just in front of the information board to the right of where we are standing while taking this photograph. There are no public shower facilities that we know of anywhere on Galiano Island.

14. A fine grassy area by the parking lot. A small beach then follows. A longer beach is located several hundred meters up Gray Point Trail, which begins at the end of the day use parking lot.

15. A few picnic tables on the right side.

16. Here is that beach in front of Montague Harbour. Quite busy on a sunny weekend.

17. A boat launch on the left side.

18. Yet more to the left there are three garbage cans, one recycling bin, two pit toilets, and the trailhead for a scenic Gray Point Trail. Coordinates: N 4853.995 W 12324.408 Elevation: 12 meters.

19. Gray Point Trail is, mostly, a loop of just under 2.2 kilometers. It's an easy trail leading to several beaches and a few fine views. Here we are at 50 meters of the trail (all distances are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate).

20. At 75 meters, there is a long staircase leading to the first and by far the most popular beach.

21. At 100 meters is the beginning of the first and by far the most popular beach. It is composed largely of finely crushed shells, with some sand and stones. A separate path leads to this beach from the vehicle camping area / tenting area of Montague Bay Marine Provincial Park.

22. Looking left at 120 meters, with by far the most popular beach to our right. A picturesque lagoon hosts the yachts and boats docked at the park. One buoy per boat or yacht.

23. The path re-enters the forest at 265 meters.

24. And the loop trail begins just 15 meters later, at 280 meters from the day use parking lot. It doesn't matter which way to go, except the other two beaches (not as good, but not as crowded on a busy day either) are closer if you take the path on the right, which is what we did on this hike.

25. At 500 meters, there is a beach.

26. Quite a view.

27. Still the same beach. At 550 meters here.

28. Yet another beach arrives at 770 meters of the trail.

29. At 930 meters of Gray Point Trail.

30. A fine view at 1.0 km of the trail. There are several benches to sit down and enjoy the views, including a bench at or near this viewpoint.

31. Gray Point Trail is short and easy. Quite popular too. At 1.45 km here.

32. At 1.90 km we have completed the loop, ending up at the same spot as seen on photo #24.

33. Back at the day use parking lot, for a total distance of 2.18 km.

Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park is a very good place to camp, boat, and hike. Highly recommended.


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