- Difficulty Easy
- Time 4 hours
- Round-Trip 9.6km
- Elevation Gain 130 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping Yes
- From Vancouver n/a
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
The hike to Yeo Point on Salt Spring Island begins in Beaver Point Provincial Park before crossing into Ruckle Provincial Park, passing through a lush west coast rainforest and following a scenic trail along the coastline. There are many views along the coastal section, looking out into the Salish Sea, including the scenic view at Yeo Point at the end of the route. A short trail leads to a rocky beach that is worth exploring near Yeo Point.
Starting from the dirt parking lot in Beaver Point Provincial Park, walk to the sign with a park map and begin the trail to the right of the park map. The trail will very gradually climb as it meanders through the forest. There are a couple of junctions early in the trail but both routes lead to the same place, so you can choose either option.
The trail continues for sometime through the forest as it gradually descends then ascends again, minimally changing in elevation. The forest is lush with Western Cedar and Douglas Fir trees and the forest floor is covered with ferns and other foliage common throughout the Gulf Islands. The trail eventually reaches a junction with a trail to the right that goes to a hilltop and continues onto the farm area of Ruckle Provinicial Park. Go left at this junction and continue hiking towards Yeo Point.
At another junction, the trail to the right goes towards Merganser Pond and also towards the nearby farm. Again, go to the left and continue towards Yeo point as the route descends through the forest towards the coast. When the trail reaches another junction, you have arrived at King's Cove, offering a beautiful view of the beach. This marks the beginning of the coastal section of the hike.
Go left at King's Cove and follow the trail along the coastline as it makes its way up, over, and around the rocky outcrops. The views are stunning and distracting as you carefully watch your step on the rocky sections of the trail. There are several Arbutus Trees along the coastal trail, shedding their bark in the elements.
Carefully make your way down a steep hill as the trail abruptly drops down into the forest and you reach a sign at a junction. Going right will take you down a short trail to the rocky beach where you can explore the shoreline.
Continue straight and walk about 5 minutes further to Yeo Point, climbing up onto the rock at the end where you are treated to a spectacular view. The view across the channel looks towards Prevost Island and North Pender Island. It's likely that you will see a ferry pass by as the Salt Spring Long Harbour Ferry and the Tsawwassen to Victoria Ferry both sail through the nearby channels.
After enjoying the views at Yeo Point and exploring the beach area, begin your hike back, following the coastline trail, soaking in the views for the final time. When you reach the junction at King's Cove, go right and follow the interior forested trail as it gradually climbs away from the coast. Continue to the right of the next junctions as you retrace your steps back to the parking lot at Beaver Point Provincial Park where you began.