• Difficulty Intermediate
  • Time 1 hour
  • Round-Trip 2km
  • Elevation Gain 65 meters
  • Season year-round
  • Camping No
  • From Vancouver 2 hours
  • Public Transit No
  • Dog Friendly On-Leash

Soames Hill is a steep hike that is located in Gibsons near Shirley Macey Park and has incredible views that look across towards Keats Island and out towards the Strait of Georgia. The hike follows a steep set of stairs, offering a good workout that is rewarded with several beautiful views.

There are two locations that the you can start the trail from, either from Bridgeman Road or Esperanza Road. Both routes will go to the bottom of the Green trail, then follow the Green trail to the top of the hill. This trail description begins from Bridgeman Road but both routes are similar distances and the trails are well marked with maps.

From Bridgeman Road, walk past the yellow gate and follow the Yellow trail into the forest. The beautiful west coast rainforest is lush with vegetation, including moss and sword ferns that blanket the area.

Watch for a sign with a trail junction on your left marking the start of the Green trail. Go left and follow the Green trail as you begin to climb the steep stairs on the hillside. The trail weaves back and forth as you continue to gain elevation while occasionally stopping to catch your breath and let people by who are descending.

As the trail begins to level, you reach a junction. Go right and follow the trail for a short walk that takes you up onto a rock with a viewpoint. The view offers glimpses across the water towards Keats Island, however the better viewpoints are at a high point further up the trail.

Follow the trail back down to the junction and this time go left and continue hiking up the trail. The trail will reach another junction, go left and follow the one that continues up a steep hill. Within a few minutes, a viewpoint appears on your right. Continue hiking up the hill, watching your step over the smooth rock and checking the views off to the right.

Eventually, the trail reaches a final viewpoint that looks out towards Keats Island. The town of Gibson can also be seen from the viewpoint as you peer down the coastline and out towards the Strait of Georgia.

After enjoying the view, follow the trail back downhill the way you came, being careful as you step on the slippery rock. At the first junction, go right and follow the trail up a small incline before it descends again through the forest. Pass the sign at the second junction and begin to descend down the steep stairs. The descent is quick as you reach the bottom, returning to the Yellow trail. Go right and follow the Yellow trail back to the Bridgeman Road parking area.

How to get to Soames Hill

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
2 hours

Soames Hill is located in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast. If you are driving from Vancouver, you will need to take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale.

From the Langdale Ferry Terminal

The drive is only about 5-minutes from the ferry terminal. Immediately after exiting the ferry, turn left at the traffic lights onto Marine Drive heading towards Gibsons. At the first opportunity to go right, follow N Road as it veers off of Marine Drive and immediately climbs uphill. Turn left onto Boyle Road and drive to the end of the road where a yellow gate on the left marks the start of the hike to Soames Hill.

From North of Gibsons

Follow Highway 101 south towards Gibsons. Turn left at the traffic lights in Upper Gibsons to continue on the Highway is if you were headed to the ferry. Veer right onto N Road, then turn right onto the first street onto Chamberlin Road. At the first left, turn left onto Bridgeman Road and drive to the end where there is a yellow gate marking the start of the Soames Hill Trail.

View a map of Driving directions to Soames Hill.

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Additional Info

Camping at Soames Hill

Camping is not permitted at Soames Hill.

Dogs at Soames Hill

Dogs must be on a leash at all times through the park area near Soames Hill. Please ensure to pick up after your dog and remove all excrement from the park.

Toilets at Soames Hill

There are no toilet facilities located at Soames Hill.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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