• Difficulty Easy
  • Time 1.5 hours
  • Round-Trip 3km
  • Elevation Gain minimal
  • Season year-round
  • Camping No
  • From Vancouver 3 hours
  • Public Transit No
  • Dog Friendly On-Leash

Francis Point Provincial Park is a beautiful park that is located along the Sunshine Coast near Madeira Park. The trail is short but follows a rocky route along the coastline providing scenic views of the Strait of Georgia, looking across towards Texada Island.

From the parking lot, follow the trail into the forest, enjoying the peacefulness of the lush west coast rainforest with every step. Within a few minutes, you arrive at Francis Bay, where you can make your way to the edge of the water to look out onto the waterway.

Return to the trail follow it southward as it crosses a small wooden bridge and then arrives at a rocky outcrop that overlooks the bay. Continue to follow the trail along the coastline, carefully watching your step as you make your way up over the rocks and back down again. Be especially careful if the rocks are wet, they can be very slippery.

The trail continues along the shoreline, offering many views of the Strait of Georgia as you look across to Texada Island. Eventually, the trail descends down a steep section between some rocks where it arrives at a spectacular grove of Arbutus trees. Walk down to the rocky outcrop where the lighthouse beacon can be see. This is the end of the trail.

The views from the end are more than 180-degrees as you can see fairly far south as well as across the Strait towards Texada. If you're lucky, you may even spot some marine wildlife, such as seals or even whales.

Take one last look at the view before walking back up towards the grove of arbutus trees and beginning to follow the trail back. Carefully hike up the steep section and then watch your step as you make your way over the rocks, back along the route. Returning to the area where you first had a view of Francis Bay, go right and walk back up the trail, returning to the parking lot where you began.

How to get to Francis Point Provincial Park

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
3 hours

Francis Point Provincial Park is located on the Sunshine Coast, north of Sechelt near the Madeira Park area. If you are driving from Vancouver, you will have to take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale (Gibsons) and then drive about 60km.

From Gibsons, follow Highway 101 The Sunshine Coast Highway northbound as you pass through the communities of Roberts Creek and Sechelt. Continue north on the Highway for about 30km after Sechelt.

Watch for signs and turn left onto Francis Peninsula Road, which is across from a Rona Building Supplies store. Follow Francis Peninsula Road for about 3km, then turn left onto Merrill Road. Drive to the end of Merrill Road where there is a gravel parking for Francis Point Provincial Park.

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Additional Info

Camping at Francis Point Provincial Park

Camping is not permitted at Francis Point Provincial Park.

Dogs at Francis Point Provincial Park

Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times. Please ensure to pick up after your dog and remove all excrement from the park.

Toilets at Francis Point Provincial Park

There is an outhouse located near the parking lot at the start of the trail to Francis Point. There are no other toilets along the trail.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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