Walk at Ruckle Park

A day hike in Ruckle Provincial Park is a necessary experience during a stay on Salt Spring Island.image Located in the Deep South of the island there are various hikes or walks to choose from for all levels of fitness and time allowed. We have visited with the very young and more mature family and friends and found beautiful spots to enjoy the scenery. As you enter the park you swiftly come upon bucolic open fields with a lovely Victorian farmhouse. This is a working family farm within the bounds of the park so please respect the signs regarding exploring this area. There is a parking area near the barns on the main road where you can get out and walk amongst the heritage turkeys and see the sheep thru the fencing. There is also the first of several outhouses here. We prefer to follow the main road straight to a parking area located near a meadow with Big Leaf Maples and more bathroom facilities. There is a map of the park here. There is a wide paved path suitable for strollers and those with mobility issues that leads to a lovely look out and picnic area. There are also various narrow dirt hiking routes leading off in many directions. The views are outstanding from many of these and you can choose to walk as far as you like, visiting beaches and lookouts along the way. We recommend packing some snacks and definitely water.  When you are finished at Ruckle there are some other experiences well worth your time while in the South End. Check out our post about visiting Salt Spring Goat Cheese on Reynolds Rd.

Burgoyne Bay

From the parking lot at Burgoyne Bay you can take a path at the bottom of the lot to go to Daffodil Point, however there are paths to the south of the parking lot that head into a different set of trails.

The trails to the south have a lot of relatively flat routes, so if you want something a bit easier this is a great walk.

Mossy log and flowers
Mossy log and flowers near the beach at Burgoyne Bay

If you keep walking past the beach the grade gets a bit steeper, but not too difficult.  If you’re up for a bit of a hike you can keep going as the park is quite large.

The paths are nice and wide with good footing, and there is lots of beautiful scenery wherever you walk.

On this trip to Burgoyne Bay we saw at least four sea otters out in the bay. From all the activity in the water it’s likely they were fishing.

Nice wide trails
Nice wide trails
Mossy log and Japanese Maple
Mossy log and Japanese Maple
Peek-a-boo view of the ocean as you make your way along the trails
Peek-a-boo view of the ocean as you make your way along the trails
There are a few bridges crossing small streams.
There are a few bridges crossing small streams.
View of Mount Maxwell from the beach at Burgoyne Bay
View of Mount Maxwell from the beach at Burgoyne Bay

More photos of Daffodil Point

Photos from one of our walks to Daffodil Point at Burgoyne Bay, Salt Spring Island

Wide path to Daffodil Point
Nice wide path
Mini geology lesson for Salt Spring Island - conglomerate
Conglomerate sedimentary rock that has fallen from Mt Maxwell (a long time ago, don’t worry!)
One of the many perfectly framed views of Burgoyne Bay and Sansum Narrows
One of the many perfectly framed views of Burgoyne Bay and Sansum Narrows
It's always fun to turn over the beach rocks to see what is underneath. Just be gentle and put them back.
It’s always fun to turn over the beach rocks to see what is underneath. Just be gentle and put them back.
At low tide you can explore some of the tidal pools for interesting creatures.
At low tide you can explore some of the tidal pools for interesting creatures.
Depending on the season there will be different plants in bloom.
Depending on the season there will be different plants in bloom.
In this health ecosystem there are reptile like this Garter snake. They won't hurt you, and they stay hidden away most of the time.
In this healthy ecosystem there are reptiles like this Garter snake. They won’t hurt you, and they stay hidden away most of the time.

Daffodil Point – Burgoyne Bay

Daffodil Point - Salt Spring Island
Daffodil Point – Salt Spring Island

The walk to Daffodil Point at Burgoyne Bay on Salt Spring Island is an easy to moderate hike.  From the parking area the path extends on a gradual uphill slope with some steeper sections. About halfway the path descends until you reach the point. The path is wide and easy to navigate, with plenty to keep your interest along the way.

The trail leads out of the parking lot at Burgoyne Bay, along the water but tucked into the forest. During the summer it’s nice to have the shade from the trees as you walk out to the point. You can see the water through the trees, and periodically you’re treated with beautifully framed views of Burgoyne Bay and Sansum Narrows, the body of water separating Salt Spring Island and Vancouver Island.

Beautifully framed views of Burgoyne Bay and Sansum Narrows
Beautifully framed views of Burgoyne Bay and Sansum Narrows
Picnic area at Daffodil Point
Picnic area at Daffodil Point

Upon reaching Daffodil Point, there are a number of flat open areas to have a picnic, as well as a small beach for the kids to find crabs.

Wide path and easy to moderate walk
With a wide path it is an easy to moderate walk

More photos of Daffodil Point