• Difficulty Easy
  • Time 1 hours
  • Round-Trip 2.8km
  • Elevation Gain 200 meters
  • Season year-round
  • Camping Yes
  • From Vancouver n/a
  • Public Transit No
  • Dog Friendly On-Leash

Mount Norman is the highest hill on either of the Pender Islands and has a spectacular viewpoint that overlooks Bedwell Harbour. The trail is located on South Pender Island in the Beaumont Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

There are 2 routes to the top of Mount Norman. The northern route starting from Ainslie Point Road is the a bit shorter, steeper, and the most popular route. This description will focus on that route. The alternate route begins from a parking lot off of Canal Road and is about 3km in length route-trip.

Beginning from Ainslie Point Road, walk up the hill towards the sign and gate. Walk past the sign and begin the steep hike uphill. After just 300 metres, the trail briefly levels and reaches a junction with the Beaumont Trail. Go straight at the junction and continue to Mount Norman as the trail begins to climb again.

Continues to hike along a couple of steep sections as the trail weaves its way through the forest before reaching a junction. At the junction, go right nd walk a short distance to the steps that lead down to the wooden viewing platform above Bedwell Harbour.

The view on a clear day is spectacular as you can see across the harbour to the southern tip of North Pender Island as the tiny boats sail the waters below.

After enjoying the view, return via the same route you hiked, first reaching the junction near the viewpoint. The route to the right takes you to the alternate starting point for the Mount Norman hike, so make sure you go left at the junction and return the same route that you took earlier. Carefully walk back down hill, passing the Beaumont Trail junction and returning down the steep section back to Ainslie Point Road.

How to get to Mount Norman

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver

Mount Norman is located on South Pender Island. You will need to arrange to get to Pender Island by Ferry, boat, or Seaplane.

The trail to Mount Norman begins on the South Island on Ainslie Point Road. If you are driving from the Driftwood Centre shopping area, drive south on Canal Road, following the weaving road uphill. When the road descends downhill, watch for a sign to Pender South and turn left. Continue to follow Canal Road as you pass a school and then drive across a bridge that connects the two Pender Islands. Immediately after the bridge, turn right onto Ainslie Point Road. Drive a short distance and look for an old gravel road on the left that goes uphill. This is the start of the trail to Mount Norman.

View a map of Driving directions to Mount Norman.

Traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish, Semiahmoo, sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), Quw'utsun, Á, LEṈENEȻ ȽTE (W̱SÁNEĆ), Te’mexw Treaty Association, Stz'uminus and Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group.
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Camping at Mount Norman

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Dogs at Mount Norman

Dogs are allowed on the trail to Mount Norman but must be on a lease. Please pick up after your dog.

Toilets at Mount Norman

There is an outhouse near the eastern trailhead, but no toilet facilities along the trail beginning from Ainslie Point Road.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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