Distinguished by its ocean-side bluffs, part of the beautiful scenery along Active Pass, Matthews Point Regional Park is a small hidden gem. This 25 hectare park balances the protection of diverse and sensitive ecosystems while providing opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and horseback riding.


  • Steep bluffs with spectacular views of Active Pass
  • Stands of mature Douglas fir with pockets of arbutus and Garry oak
  • Vibrant wildflowers in the spring

Park Details

Size: 25 hectares
Location: Galiano Island
Established: 1999

Things to Do

One official park trail exists—the Ridge Trail—which is a 1-km crescent shaped trail beginning and ending at different locations along Bluff Road. This scenic trail provides opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, or birdwatching. The views along the way offer a stunning look over Active Pass where you may spot seals splashing or seabirds diving into the water.

A second trail provides a hiking-only connection to the west, to neighbouring Bluffs Park.

How to Get There

From Sturdies Bay Ferry Terminal head northwest on Sturdies Bay Rd for 550m. Turn left onto Burrill Rd. In 1.7km continue onto Bluff Rd for 650m. Turn left 500m.

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