A day hike in Ruckle Provincial Park is a necessary experience during a stay on Salt Spring Island. 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.
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.
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.
Photos from one of our walks to Daffodil Point at Burgoyne Bay, 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.
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.
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