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Trip 258 - June 17, 2022 (Friday)

Francis Point Provincial Park Visit

North of Sechelt BC

Near Madeira Park (BC Sunshine Coast)

 

Francis Point Park Location: BC Sunshine Coast, about 35 km North of Sechelt, near Madeira Park (unincorporated).

Liked: Several fine shoreline views, a small automated lighthouse, shade in the forest, no bugs, a fine view from a bridge en route to the park.

Of Note: The second half of the trail has no tree cover, the park is popular, unbarricaded drop-offs at some viewpoints, uneven ground, rocks and roots, hiking poles and boots are recommended.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (5th edition) Park Coordinates: Page 9 (Sechelt) A2.

Related Website: Francis Point Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Website.

 

Francis Point Provincial Park features a short easy trail (less than 1.5 km one way), which goes along the shore of Francis Bay, and has fine views of the shoreline. We relied on our automotive GPS to get to the park, and it directed us to the end of Francis Peninsula Road, where a sign stated that the park entrance is located off Merrill Road. Interestingly enough, there are no signs at all directing you to the park, and certainly no sign at the intersection of Francis Peninsula an Merrill Roads. But now we know.

The hike is short and easy, the views are good, and a small climbable lighthouse makes it and even more interesting outing.

All trail distances are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate.

1. Here is a Google Map location of Francis Point Provincial Park.

2. We are on BC Sunshine Coast, Northbound on Highway 101, approximately 14 kilometers before making a left turn onto Francis Peninsula Road.

3-4. Making a left turn from BC Highway 101 onto Francis Peninsula Road. This is an unincorporated community of Madeira Park, approximately 30 km North of Sechelt. It's 3.9 km from here to Francis Point Park parking lot and trailhead.

5. Driving on Francis Peninsula Road.

6. At 1.4 km from Highway 101, there is this bridge...

7...with a fine view on the right side. There are pullouts on both sides of the bridge. Beware of traffic, as it is surprisingly substantial on this road.

8-9. About 2.2 km after the bridge, make a left turn onto Merrill Road.

10-11. 300 meters later, a rather small parking lot for Francis Point Provincial Park would be on the right side. Coordinates: N 4936.753 W 12403.291. Elevation 40 meters. There is a pit toilet here, as well as a defibrillator, but no garbage can.

12. The trailhead is at the end of the parking lot.

13-14. Here is some information about Francis Point Provincial Park.

15. Francis Point Trail at 90 meters from the trailhead. It's a pleasant walk through the trees at this point.

16. A boardwalk at 250 meters.

17. And, at 310 meters, a good view of Francis Bay. Apparently, there is a short trail on the right side leading to a viewpoint, but we did not see that trail, and proceeded on the main trail to the left.

18. Another boardwalk at 360 meters from the parking lot.

19. Looking right shortly thereafter.

20. More pleasant hiking in the forest follows. At 750 meters here.

21. Soon after that, the trail leaves the forest and we are in the open, sun and all.

22. Good views all around.

23. Looking back.

24. The path continues. At 1.10 km here.

25-26. At 1.14 km, we see a glimpse of a small automated lighthouse, which we visited on the way back.

27. Francis Point Trail re-enters the forest for a short while.

28. And, then, Francis Bay in all of its glory appears yet again. At 1.43 km.

29. Soon after that, we reached the end of the trail, which turned into more of a route, but staying next to the water makes it easy to reach this point. Watch out for drop-offs. Coordinates: N 4936.194 W 12403.358. Elevation: 30 meters.

30. We then returned to the automated lighthouse.

31. Stairs on the side made it easy to climb up.

32-33. The top of the Francis Point lighthouse.

Francis Point Provincial Park features a short and easy trail leading to several fine shoreline views and a neat lighthouse. Recommended.

 


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