NTS Map:92B11. Island View Beach Regional Park has a long expanse of sheltered beach suitable for hiking, swimmers, and beachcombing. Kayakers can use the park as a starting point for quick trips to nearby James and Sidney Islands, or further into Cordova Channel and Haro Strait.
Starting at the boat launch parking lot, you can explore the 41.7 hectare park by heading along the beach to the south or north, or head east onto the water. Heading south, you quickly come to the southern boundary of the park, but can continue along at low tides to clay cliffs at Cowichan Head.
To the north, you can take an inland trail through saltmarsh and backdunes, or walk along the beach; both ways meet shortly before the northern boundary of the park. Heading past the northern boundary to the northern tip of Cordova Spit is an easy 6 kilometre round trip, and passes through the East Saanich Indian Reserve.
From the boat launch ramp at the parking lot, the southern tip of James Island is 4.8 kilometres (474360E 5381654N), the southern tip of Sidney Island is 5.6 kilometres (478399E 5831495N), and the western tip of D'Arcy Island is 6 kilometres (478974E 5379275N).
The park has picnic tables and washrooms, a boat launch ramp and ample parking.
There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.
Take the Pat Bay Highway to Island View Road; turn onto Homathko Road, and follow it to the park entrance.
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Posted By: fran
- Wed Feb 20 21:56:38 UTC 2008
CommentHey, guys, on the enlarged view of Island View Beach park, do you really mean Straight of Georgia? Georgia Straight is something else entirely, not not wet enough to paddle in. Maybe Strait of Georgia would look better.
Posted By: katherinebickford
- Mon May 10 02:42:44 UTC 2004
CommentIt's actually a really good idea to check the tide tables and actually marine conditions/forecast before paddling on any tidal waters, more so between Race Rocks and Active Pass where the combination of current, tide and wind can make for nasty conditions. In the case of Island view, you can catch the flood and ebbs to do most of the work for you...
Posted By: trailpeak
- Fri Apr 02 00:28:59 UTC 2004
CommentSeapaddler, the trail or route contributor assigns the level of difficulty, trailpeak is user driven, and that's why we have the trail review system, so others can add their 2 cents worth. Thankyou for your comments.
Posted By: Seapaddler
- Sat Mar 20 06:10:30 UTC 2004
UpsideBeautiful DownsideCurrent and 30 Nm fetch to the south. CommentI am surprised to hear this paddle rated as "easy". Canada tide and current tables state current speed of up to 3 knots in sidney channel. do more research before listening to trailpeak folks about difficulty!