This 26-hectare waterfront regional park property was acquired in December 2017 because of its high conservation and recreation values. Sensitive ecosystems in the park are considered at risk and ecologically fragile. Therefore, St. John Point Regional Park is classified as a regional conservation area. Mainly a waterfront Coastal Douglas-fir forest, it is a place where local residents and visitors can connect with nature, experience the forest and coastal area, and refresh themselves through the beauty and tranquility of the site.

The park is recognized as a significant conservation area, home to risk species and sensitive ecosystems. To protect the ecological integrity, dogs must be on-leash in the park, no cycling or equestrian activities are permitted, and park users are asked to stay on the official trail.

St. John Point also has an interesting cultural history. Known as ŦÁ,WEN by the Coast Salish First Nations, it was an area identified for the coho salmon that were fished in the area. A small area by the park entrance was later farmed by Japanese settlers before the Second World War.

The park has a small parking lot, perimeter trail (unmarked) and two beach accesses.

Features

  • Coastal Douglas-fir and western red cedar forest ecosystems
  • Steep, rocky shorelines with views of other Gulf Islands
  • Two rocky beaches

Trail Rating: Moderate
Size: 26 hectares
Location: Mayne Island
Established: 2017
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Things to Do

St. John Point is a lovely spot to enjoy the coast, bird watch or take a walk. Relatively easy hiking opportunities to the two beaches exist and a more challenging perimeter route along rocky bluffs allow a wide range of people to experience the natural values and maintain an active lifestyle. The park is a perfect place to enjoy nature. Please use the park in ways that respect and protect its values.

How to Get There

Take the ferry from Swartz Bay (Vancouver Island) or Tsawwassen (on the mainland) to Village Bay, Mayne Island. From the Village Bay ferry terminal, follow Village Bay Road. Turn Right on Fernhill Road, then right onto Horton Bay Rd. Please be aware that there is limited parking at St. John Point (7 vehicles) and for emergency purposes roadside parking is not permitted along Horton Bay Road.

Photo Credit

Toby Snelgrove


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