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
and 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
1. Here is a Google Maps 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
BC Highway 101 North of Sechelt - BC Sunshine Coast
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.
BC Highway 101 in Madeira Park
BC Highway 101 at Francis Peninsula Road
5. Driving on Francis Peninsula Road.
Francis Peninsula Road - Madeira Park - BC Sunshine Coast
6. At 1.4 km from Highway 101, there is this bridge...
Bridge on Francis Peninsula Road in Madeira Park BC Canada
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.
Madeira Park British Columbia Canada
8-9. About 2.2 km after the bridge, make a left turn onto Merrill
Francis Peninsula Road at Merrill Road
Merrill Road Madeira Park BC
10-11. 300 meters later, a rather small parking lot for
Francis Point Provincial Park would be on the right side.
49°36.753’ W 124°03.291’. Elevation 40 meters. There is a pit toilet
here, as well as a defibrillator, but no garbage can.
Francis Point Provincial Park Entrance off Merrill Road BC Sunshine
Francis Point Provincial Park Parking Lot
12. The trailhead is at the end of the parking lot.
Francis Point Trailhead Madeira Park BC
13-14. Here is some information about Francis Point
Francis Point Provincial Park Rules
Francis Point Provincial Park History
15. Francis Point Trail at 90 meters from the trailhead.
It's a pleasant walk through the trees at this point.
BC Sunshine Coast Hiking - Francis Point Trail
16. A boardwalk at 250 meters.
Francis Point Hike - Francis Point Provincial Park - British Columbia -
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.
Francis Point Trail - British Columbia Hiking
19. Looking right shortly thereafter.
Francis Bay British Columbia Canada
20. More pleasant hiking in the forest follows. At 750
Francis Point Hike in Francis Point Provincial Park British Columbia
21. Soon after that, the trail leaves the forest and we
are in the open, sun and all.
Francis Point Provincial Park
22. Good views all around.
23. Looking back.
Francis Point Provincial Park near Sechelt BC Canada
24. The path continues. At 1.10 km here.
Francis Point Trail near Madeira Park BC
25-26. At 1.14 km, we see a glimpse of a small automated
lighthouse, which we visited on the way back.
Francis Point Provincial Park - Sunshine Coast - British Columbia Canada
Francis Bay British Columbia
27. Francis Point Trail re-enters the forest for a short
Francis Point Trail British Columbia Sunshine Coast
28. And, then, Francis Bay in all of its glory appears
yet again. At 1.43 km.
Francis Bay - British Columbia Sunshine Coast
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:
49°36.194’ W 124°03.358’. Elevation: 30 meters.
Francis Bay BC
30. We then returned to the automated lighthouse.
Automated Lighthouse - Francis Point Provincial Park - British Columbia
31. Stairs on the side made it easy to climb up.
Lighthouse - Francis Bay
32-33. The top of the Francis Point lighthouse.
Francis Bay Lighthouse
Top of an automated lighthouse
Francis Point Provincial Park features a short and easy
trail leading to several fine shoreline views and a neat lighthouse.
Trip 258 - Francis Point
Provincial Park Visit
(BC Sunshine Coast North of Sechelt)