When visiting Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, there is no better way to explore natures beauty then a good hike through the many walking trails. The following hiking information is taken from the Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce
RUCKLE PROVINCIAL PARK (IN THE SOUTH EAST)
Some of the nicest hikes in one of the loveliest parks in the Gulf Islands. Heritage farm buildings and many kilometers of well marked trails with trail maps, along the shoreline or through splendid forest. Allow half to full day to do all the trails. One trail follows the shoreline for over 4 km up to Yeo Point. Dogs must be leashed. You can access the trails from the park headquarters, the farm buildings or the picnic or camping areas. Located at the end of Beaver Point Road, approximately 8.5 km from the Fulford Ferry or 20 km from Ganges.
TSAWOUT INDIAN RESERVE (IN SOUTH EAST)
One the the loveliest walks on the island through beautiful fir, cedar and arbutus forest along a very pretty shoreline, with views of Fulford Harbour and surrounding islands. An easy trail with lots of rocky view points and breathtaking beach areas. About 1 km or 45 minutes each way, but you will want to stay longer. Trail is located between the end of Reginald Hill estates private road and the end of Menhinick Drive.
REGINALD HILL (IN SOUTH EAST)
A steep winding trail, with some challenging sections , ascending about 200 meters to a hill top with amazing views over Fulford Harbour and the Fulford Valley. The trail is approximately 1.5 km each way and takes up to 60 minutes for the walk up and a little less coming down. The trail may be accessed by the end of Morningside Road.
CHANNEL RIDGE (IN NORTH WEST)
Trails are generally easy, with some steep areas. There are both ocean and island views with two viewpoints over St. Mary Lake. A good place to enter this trail is off of Canvasback by the first set of mail boxes. Another entry point is at 1110 Sunset Drive.
JACK FOSTER TRAIL AT SOUTHEY POINT
A one hour circle route through forest and south along the beach by Trincomali Channel (if low tide allows) just before the breakwater there is another trail that will take you along North End Farm to North End Road.
MUSGRAVE GREENBELT TO WATERFALL
A one hour return walk through forest to a creek and waterfall (in wet season). Take Musgrave Road to about 200m just before its every end , turn left and trail is at the end of an open field.
DUCK CREEK PARK (IN NORTH WEST)
A beautiful walk along meandering Duck Creek. You will feel like you have entered Fern Gully. You will also walk through an open meadow. This is an excellent dog walk. One can either enter the trail near the bottom of Broadwell Road or at the mailboxes near 208 Sunset Drive.
DUNABIN PARK (IN NORTH EAST)
An easy walk that takes about 20 minutes each way. It may have some swampy sections in the wet season. One can either enter on Stark or Robinson Road.
MOUAT PARK (CENTRAL)
Located next to the Ganges core area. A network of hiking trails are available for long or short walks. Parking is available at the top of Seaview Road (behind ArtSpring). This area has also been made into Hart Memorial Disc Golf Course consisting of 18 tonal pins.
QUARRY DRIVE PARK (NORTH WEST)
A vigorous 10 minute trail down to the beach with a walk southward along the shore at low tide to Booth Inlet. This is a short but steep climb and the entrance is at 241 Quarry Drive.
HOPE HILL (SOUTH WEST)
About 7 kms on crown land with some excellent views over Fulford Harbour and the southern Gulf Islands. The trail head is on the left side of Musgrave Rd about 3.5 km past Isabella Point Road.
MOUNT MAXWELL PROVINCIAL PARK (SOUTH WEST CENTRAL)
A trail of about 1.3 km each way links the end of Seymour Heights Road (at corner of of Wright Road), off Armand Way. the trails are moderately difficult with some steep sections as the trail climbs about 200 m to the peak of Mount Maxwell. It takes about 45 minutes going up and less on the return. There are many unmarked trails so try to stay on the main trail. It will be well worth the hike with views of Burgoyne Bay, Fulford Valley and Vancouver Island.
The trail climbs steeply to a lookout point at about 440 m with breathtaking views over north Saltspring and Vancouver Island. The trail is about 2.5 km or 2.5 hours return and has some steep, rocky and slippery sections. the trailhead marked by a marker on a tree is on the left had side of Collins Road about .7 km from where Rainbow Road meets Collins Road.