- 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.