- Difficulty Intermediate
- Time 2.5 hours
- Round-Trip 5.5km
- Elevation Gain 100 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 1 hour
- Public Transit Yes
- Dog Friendly Yes
Jug Island is a tiny gorgeous island located just off the northern tip of Belcarra Regional Park. The island itself is not accessible but you can hike to a beach that faces the island and offers great views of Indian Arm.
From the parking lot, walk towards the covered picnic table area and look for a trail that enters into the forest and a sign pointing to Jug Island. Follow the trail a short distance and cross the road, being careful of oncoming traffic. Immediately after crossing the road, take the trail on the left.
The trail begins to climb quite quickly as you work your way up the gravel path. The trail eventually levels out giving you a chance to catch your breath before continuing through the moss covered forest. The trail begins to widen as you cover quite a bit of distance quickly on the slight downward slope.
Eventually, the trail reaches a junction. Go right and follow the trail as it, again, begins to ascend to the high point of the hike. As you reach the top of the mountain, look to your right at the view across Bedwell Bay and the water down below. Continue for a short flat section before the trail makes its final, steep descent down towards the beach area.
There in front of you stands Jug Island, just off the shore. Walk along the beach to find a good place to sit and enjoy the views of Indian Arm and watch for eagles and seals that frequent the area.
After enjoying the beach area, start the climb back up the steep hill and over the mountain, returning left via the junction and heading back to the picnic area of Belcarra Regional Park.
The trail to Admiralty Point is another hiking option that starts from the same location. The Admiralty Point trail is easier and both trails can be completed in one day.