- 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.