This is a great walk for afternoon hikes, biking on the beach or on the water with a kayak or canoe. Excellent views of the Gulf Islands (Mayne & Saturna), the San Juans (Orcas & Lumni) as well as Mt Baker (on a clear day), Semiamoo Bay, White Rock and Mud Bay with views of the North Shore mountains Vancouver way. The beaches are considered private but no one pays much attention unless you are rowdy or if your dog is disturbing people - so put a leash on the beast and be cool.
This is a great walk or mountain bike on the low tide as it is not passable at high tide. Check the Tsawwassen tide lists and that will put you in the ball park as what is passable. I walk my dog daily on this route and have learned the hard way that you must have a 8 foot tide or less (even lower when the wind is out of the SE) to make the loop -so watercraft beware as the wind can really get you in to trouble here.
I have the GPS starting at the Marina where beach access and parking is good. If you are so inclined there is a restraunt and pub in the Marina. WPT1 marks the entrance while WPT2 marks the put in for watercraft. If you set out late in the day and tides permitting you can stop at South Beach House (WPT 3) for dinner on the beach on the way back.
WPT4 marks the beginning of the cliffs demonstrating the area's geology and the turbulent nature of earthquakes, volcanos and glaciers. WPT5 marks Lily Point itself and the shift from travelling from the east to the north. At WPT6 is a hike up a good trail to spectatuclar vistas at WPT7 + 8. Bikers will have to lug their machines up a 200 foot incline from the beach and are further rewarded with many fun trails and jumps in the Lily Point area. Watercraft can proceed to Maple Beach which is about a nautical mile further north at WPT11. Most watercraft reenter into Canadian waters for a tour around Mud Bay - watch that wind!
At this stage the hiker or biker can return the way they came or take the road back to the Marina. WPT 9 marks the road entrance to APA. Bikers have a downhill rocket dropping about 200 feet along over 2 miles directly to the Marina which should take about ten minutes. Its a great reward after punishing yourself on the beach. I recommend that people on foot turn onto South Beach Road and return to WPT3 and back to the marina.
Watercraft have to reverse their course - winds out of the West (down the Staight of Georgia) usually pick up late in the day.
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