Hike our beautiful Pet Friendly Salt Spring Trails with your Best Buddy
Many Salt Spring Island hikes and walking nature trails are pet friendly. We also have a dog park for socializing and training. Some hikes are on leash, some off leash and some don’t allow any dogs at all, so do take note of our legend below. We are a farming community so having control over your pets at all times is very important. Farmers can and will shoot dogs who come onto their property and threaten their livestock. Responsible pet owners learn how to work with their dogs to achieve reliable immediate recall and they leash their pets in uncertain areas and situations. See our Services page for Trainers who can help you.
It is best if your dog is always within your direct eyesight, so you can call the little rascal back if he’s getting too far ahead or off the beaten track! Always bring a leash and please clean up after your dogs – bury poop or have poop bags that you carry out. Please do not let your dog run off the trail, chase wildlife or dig. Chasing or harassing wildlife is prohibited under the CRD Parks ByLaw and BC Wildlife Act. We are so very grateful for the care you have taken with your pets in our parks, reserves and on our hiking trails. Check out the Salt Spring Adventure map for dog friendly spots.
In some of the pictures we have taken of these trails you will see our two little rascals Frida and Diego. They are English Cocker Spaniels. Diego is the white and orange roan (from Denman island) and Frida is the black working strain cocker spaniel bred right here on Salt Spring. The dogs you see to the left are our past Springer Spaniels Banjo (right) and his mom Kali (left).
= Dogs can be off leash if owner can keep them on path & under control at all times
= Dogs must be leashed – sensitive eco system/livestock nearby
= Dogs are not allowed – usually endangered species or livestock are nearby
Thanks so much for respecting our community and we hope you enjoy our trails!
Andreas Vogt Nature Reserve – South Central
Access: Off Sarah Way – Bryant Hill Park parking lot – just inside the path for Bryant Hill Park you’ll see a sweet little humming bird sign with arrow indicating this trailhead for the reserve. As you walk in you will come to little bridge over a flowing stream. In our wet season it really flows and sometimes over the trail to the reserve. There is a sign here indicating to the left is the reserve and to the right is Bryant Hill trail. This is a nature reserve so it is very important dogs are on lead so they don’t disturb the wildlife and the sensitive eco system our Salt Spring Conservancy is trying to protect. It is a privilege to still have dog access to the nature reserves.
Details: The hike is 1.42 km with great high level views both South and West. You will see lovely Garry the unusual Gold leaved Desert parsley and Yellow Wood Violet along this trail. This property was known as “Bryant’s Mountain” and later as “Goat Hill”. It belonged to Colonel Jasper Bryant.
Armand Way Trail – South Central
Access: At the cul-de-sac, near the end of Armand Way. Dogs can be off leash if under control at all times. Note: bikes are allowed on this trail, so if your dog likes to chase bikes, please keep your pal on a leash or call him and leash him immediately upon site of a cyclist, to avoid conflicts.
Details: This short moderate 350 metre trail winds it’s way up to Mount Maxwell Provincial Park. It connects to the park system but is not maintained until you enter the boundary of the park. It is a favourite among locals.
Trail Map (PDF)
Access: This trail connects Baker Road to Quarry Drive and vice-versa. You can loop back through Quarry Park Trail (see below) and along the shoreline between Baker Beach and Quarry Park Beach. This trail is accessed either at the end of Quarry Drive (near 245 Quarry road – about 200 metres further down from the Quarry Park Trail entrance ) or just off Baker Road before the beach access parking area off a private driveway # 434. There is parking on the side of the road by Quarry Park trail and just below the access point off Baker Road above the steps to the beach. On the beach, the Baker Road access has a wooden step with a concrete base that has some local graffiti featured on it! The Quarry Road beach access is right from Baker beach. Look for a cement ramp up to a wooden stair case about 200 metres down the beach. The Baker-Quarry Ridge trail takes you from Baker Road to Quarry Drive.
Dogs should be leashed on road and driveway areas. The Quarry Park Trail does indicate dogs should be on leash.
Details: Hike the challenging 450 metre Baker Ridge Trail (dogs can be off leash and under control of the owner) . The trail begins with a step hike up to the ridge via mud stairs. There is a cool tree fort off to the right on your way up. The ridge is stunning with boulders covered in moss, an old country fence line and a mixture of forest trees. It arrives at the cul de sac at the end of Quarry Drive. You can then take the moderate 245 metre Quarry park Trail down to the beach.
Access: Take Sarah Way almost to the end. On the right side of the road you will see a sign for Bryant Hill. Take the gravel road down to the parking lot. The trail entrance is on the left.
Details: An 80 acre park with great view points looking over to Mt. Maxwell, Active Pass and Galiano island. The trail is a moderate with challenges – 1.4 miles long loop that meanders through mature forest and stunning Alder groves. It has nice wide pathways that are well maintained. Dogs need to be under control (on or off leash – depending on your recall ability) at all times. This trail connects up with the Peter Arnell Park connector Trail about 250 metres along the path. Keep going straight along the old logging road which is evident in the 1st kilometre. When the trail turns South (to the left) it becomes steep and from there the trail meanders up and down hills towards peter Arnell Park entrance – so wear sturdy boots or shoes! This trail is great work out for pooch and pouch! Trail Map (PDF)
Access: Right off Sarah Way Road on a gravel road down to parking lot – the same as for Bryant Hill Park.
Details: The trail into Bryant Hill meets up with a connector trail to Peter Arnell. Walk in about 250 metres and you will see the connector trail sign and map. This challenging trail is 2.7 kilometres long with steep sections. Quite a strenuous hike for both you and your pooch! Definatley wear sturdy boots.
Access: A connector trail between Bulman Road and Meyer Road. Bulman Road access is across from 211 Bulman Road. Meyer Road access is across from 191 and 201 Meyer Road. Dogs can be off leash but need to be under owners control at all times.
Details: This short 200 meter moderate trail connects between the two roads. It could be the beginning of a hike down to the beach if you connect to the Meyer Road access for the Chris Hatfield Trail. We recommend dogs go on leash while walking down the country roads and definately while on the Chris Hatfield trail as islanders have created this trail to be an incredible rock sculpture garden with fairy doors, which could easily be disturbed by dogs.
Access: Burgoyne Road off Fulford-Ganges Road in the Fulford Valley just after the Salt Spring and Garry Oaks Wineries leads into the Park and to the head of a variety of trails.
One – As you head along the bumpy, sometimes muddy, sometimes icy road to your left is an entrance into the fields – taking the trails through the field can connect you up to the trails that take you down to the shoreline of the bay. This is an unofficial trail entrance and the fields are full of spear grass, which when dried out (mid Summer to October) can be very dangerous to dog’s ears and expensive to get out if you have to take them to the vet!
Two – About half way down the road is a trail on the left side. A very pretty trail – easy to walk wide pathway with trees and bushes reaching overhead towards each other. This trail will also take you down to the bay. Parking is limited on the side of the road.
Three – At the end of Burgoyne Bay there are trails accessible from the first parking lot that lead down to the shoreline and dock, along the ridge and further into the woods. If you take the parking lot down to the right there is a lovely trail accessible straight ahead that runs along the ridge and ends at the shoreline with an outcrop of rocks. There are nice sitting areas on the rocks, on the grass or under the trees for a picnic. Dogs must be leashed in the park.
Details: The Park is a heritage home site with fabulous old buildings on the road through the park. It is home to many birds including Eagles which you can often see perched in the trees overseeing the bay. The paths are lush with a large variety of trees and large mossy rock formations. Gorgeous views out over the ocean to Vancouver Island from the bay shoreline access points. Left of the dock when the tide is out are mud flats with all kinds of tidal pools full of life. There are caves, if you know where to look.
Access: There is no access for dogs anymore in this park, except for the Dog sitting the SPCA does on Market Day. Dogs are also not allowed at our market.
Details: Centennial park is in Ganges on the waterfront. It hosts our famous Saturday market as well as all kinds of other events. It is our Zocalo, but sadly it is no longer pet friendly. In fact there is a $100.00 fine if you defy the boundaries and take your pet with you onto this park ground. The only exception is to and from the make shift dog sitting area that the SPCA sets up during Saturday markets.
Access: There are 8 major access points to the multitude of trails this 15 kilometer Ridge has to offer. The hikes are moderate with challenging sections. Dogs can be off leash if owners have full control. We are very grateful to the private owners of this land for the access both pets and owner have:
Access: North End of Channel Ridge lands, Salt Spring Island:
Across from 1110 Sunset Drive or West Eagle Drive near 224
End of Pringle Farm Road or Near the bend of Pringle Farm Road
Or End of Sir Echos Way (parking area near Sunset Drive)
Access: South End of Channel Ridge lands, Salt Spring Island:
Across from 175 Canvasback Place or Cormorant Crescent, between 176 and 204or Near 180 Broadwell
Details: The numbered junction signs on the trails correspond to the numbered circles on the map. See map. The trails offer stunning Arbutus groves, lovely sitting areas, moss covered boulders, wide leaf ridden trails, and a fabulous system of trails for both dogs and owners. There are viewpoints over St. Mary’s Lake, open meadows and the other Gulf islands.
Trail Map (PDF)
Access: From Beaver Point Road take Bulman Road and at the end turn right on Meyer – the trail is clearly marked with wood sculptures, a masoned stone pedestal with Chris Hatfield trail sign and a water access sign. This is a sacred trail of stone and fairy sculptures created by folks in the community. It is not posted that dogs should walk on lead. Howevere, it is recommended, given there are rock sculptures and fragile fairy trails that dogs can make quick work of. You don’t want to mess with the fairies eh?
Details: This trail is 1km to the Ruckle Park Boundary. Stroll down an enchanted trail that eventually meets up with the Ruckle Park trail network and the sand and pebble beach near Yeo Point. Keep your eyes appealed for mossy forest creatures, a fairy swing, rock scultpures and giant trees as you walk the trail.
There is a short signposted side trail that takes you to a view over Cusheon Cove. Once you reach the cross-trail at the back of the beach turn left for Yeo Point – straight on for the beach or right to head into Ruckle Park.
Access: Half way down Churchill Road between 175 and 161 Churchill Road -on the left is a truly magical trail. Access at Long Harbour Road on the other end is between 175 and 165 Long Harbour Road. You can continue onward to explore the beaches available off Long Harbour Road if you wish. Dogs should be on leash initially due to the busy road.
Details: This is a nice easy little 382 metre trail that connects Churchill Road with Long Harbour Road. Beautiful views can be seen from the lookout points over St. Mary Lake and Stuart Channel. It hasmany charming features including bridges across the small creek, a timber fence line, a teepee in the misty distance and tall west coast trees. At the end of Churchill Road you can find one of the nicest water access points affectionately called Churchill – Sea Star Point Beach. The Trail map (5MB PDF)
Access: There are two access points: Across from 209 Sunset Drive and Between 158 and 160 Broadwell Road. Dogs can run off leash if well controlled by owners. It is a spectacular dog walking property – true Dog heaven, especially on hot summer days as there is a creek running along the trails where dogs can splash about, cool off and grab a drink!
Details: The 2 km plus, hike is easy and fairly level with some stairs and a boardwalk along a well marked trail. It’s a fantastic 45 minute field and stream hike with a cool, tree shaded walk along the creek and open meadow. Dogs can get spear grass in their ears in the Fall when running through the fields. In the Fall, Winter and Spring the creek fills up and rushes over moss covered boulders delighting all the senses. It is important to not disturb the creek bed as it is home to Salmon. November is the time to see the returning Salmon. There are lovely little sitting areas – note there are no toilet facilities.
Access: There are two entrances: Robinson Road at the dip which is not recommended as the road is busy and there is no where to turn around or park easily. The other is on Stark Road which has parking on the side of the road. Dogs should be leashed initially due to road traffic and then they can hike off leash as long as they are under the owner’s full control.
Details: This short trail is an easy 20 minute walk one way. It runs between the two roads (Robinson and Stark) and has stairs, a few bridges and a little slope. It is a good choice for a quick walk with dogs through a temperate rainforest. You may see or hear Barred Owls along the trail. Some areas may get swampy in the wet season. You may also see beaver-damaged trees, endangered Trillium lilies and red-legged frogs. Frost Flowers – delicate and stunning little flowers made of ice- can be seen on the trail when it’s been clear skies and below freezing overnight. Please respect private property and stay on the marked trails.
Access: Off Beaver point road, Forest Ridge Road runs South towards Stevens. Just before Stevens Road is a trail that runs from Forest Ridge Road to Stevens Road. And over to Heidi Place on another trail. There is parking alongside the road. The trail is marked by an old wooden Trail sign.
Details: This trail can be very muddy with marshes running alongside the trail. You will come up to a fork in the trail within a short distance. To the left takes you to Stevens road within minutes. If you veer to the right this trail takes you to Heidi Plaece. You will past a fairy door by a Giant Tree. On the opposite side of the trail is a rock sculpture. Up the hill on the right is a welcome sign asking dogs go on lead as there are chickens nearby. There are a couple of property lines that run along the trail with high fencing, so best to leash your dogs through this section. There is another chicken sign at the other end so you can tell when you are through the chicken zone. The trail then ends at a driveway on Heidi Place.
Harrison-Baker Trail – North end
Access: From the end of Harrison road or a private drive off Baker Road just beforeJacalan Drive. At the end of the private driveway there is a sign that indicates the house numbers from the 259 -261 are down that private drive as well. At the end of Harrison, you can park on the left hand side and walk from there down the driveway at the end where you will find the trail head on the right. Dogs can be off leash if under control at all times on this trail. If you do the hike/beach loop suggested below, we highly recommend having your dog on leash on the driveway and roadway areas.
Details: This 560 meter trail winds its way up an initial hill off Harrison road. It then meanders through the forest alongside a fence to a private driveway. Turn right and walk a short distance to Baker Road. The trail is very inviting with a wonderful mix of Alder trees, ferns, salal and cedar trees. Once on Baker you can walk down to the end and create a loop hike up the challenging Baker Ridge Hike (see above) to Quarry Park Beach Trail (see Beach page) and along the beach to Baker beach (see Beach page) then up the stairs to Baker Road and back to your car via the Harrison – Baker Trail.
Access: Off Le Page Road just before Bon Acres Farm you will see a sign and turn in for this hike. Dogs should really be on leash as there are farm animals at Bon Acre farm. If you don’t have full control of your dog and it begins to chase farm animals, farmers do have the right to shoot your dog, so best to be on the cautious side.
Details: A short ways down the trail you will hit a fork in the road.
To the Left will take you to Whims Road. When you come out at Whims road you will be on a private driveway. Owners of this property do not want people and dogs wandering through their property to find Isabella Point Road Beach, so best to end your walk here or walk back on the trail to Bon Acres.
To the Right will take you out to Walkers Hook Road, which you can cross and be on the ocean front. Which ever way you choose this is a lovely forest walk.
Access: Oddly enough access to this hike to a beach area is down the driveway of Northend Farm off Northend Road and across from Northview Place. A few meters down the driveway of the farm you will see the entrance. The farm owners are very pleasant, but understandably, they don’t want you parking on their driveway and blocking access to their farm stand. So it is important to park across the road on Northview Place.
Details: We do not recommend this trail for dogs. The trail is along side of a Sheep Farm and dogs MUST be leashed. This farmer has lost sheep to dogs and can shoot if your dog starts to chase their sheep. Quite frankly the hike is not worth the risk, but if you do decide to hike it, keep your dog on leash. Hike is about 10 minutes one way. These are the reasons we don’t recommend this trail for dog walkers/hikers:
Number one – it is along the fence line of the farm and if their dogs spot you, they bark at you all along the trail and back. It is most unpleasant, especially if your dogs start to respond.
Number two – you need to keep your dog leashed the whole hike as you are so close to the the farm livestock that the possibility for conflict is very great.
Number three – it is not a pleasant walk nor hike down onto the beach. The walk is along the fence line is covered in salal and you are climbing across slippery, big tree roots at some points. And the access to the beach is down a cliff with little support and a make shift hand rail that is dangerous. The ocean thunders in at times across slippery rocks making it easy for dogs to slip and fall in. The access down to the beach is even difficult for dogs to negotiate. We recommend the Jack Foster West trail up the road as it is way nicer for human and dog! Do not mistake the farm entrance North up the road past their driveway as a trail entrance!
Jack Foster West – at Southey Point – North East
Access: On Southey Point Road – just a short distance down on the right you will see the entrance to this wonderful hike down to the beach. Dogs should be leashed initially as parking is across the road. However, once you get going, if you have good reliable recall with your dog, then an off leash hike should be fine.
Details: A 4 km circle route. A very pleasant walk through a forest of fir, cedar and arbutus. The trail down to the beach is easy, wide enough for dogs and humans and it meanders through a beautiful forest. The descent to the beach is down a very sturdy set of stairs, easy for both humans and dogs to negotiate. Once down on the beach you can head North (at low tide only) toward a break water. Just before the breakwater is another trail that will take you back to North end road. You come out across the road from the first access point for Jack Foster Trail West. Hiking time is little over an hour.
Long Harbour Ferry Terminal Trail – North East
Access: This trail is accessed through the parking lot at the Long Harbour Ferry terminal. You can park in the diagonal parking just before the parking area or in the parking area itself. Across from the Ferry Terminal (heading away from the water) you will see an entrance to a wooded area. Doggie poop bags are provided. Straight ahead is pathway that inclines and to the right is a pathway that heads toward picnic tables. This trail ends in about 2-5 minutes at an old large cement cylinder. The trail heading straight up the hill offers a wonderful moderate hike upward.
Details: All of the Ferry Terminals on Salt Spring have somewhere to exercise Fido. Fulford Ferry terminal has very little to offer -basically the dock area or a congested village with cars, people, etc all on the move. Vesuvius has a little pathway off the Northern corner of the ferry staging area – near the parking area. However, Long Harbour has this fabulous hike that takes you all the way up to Little Mountain Road. You could create a loop walk down to Ontario Place Beach or Beachside Beach access (see our Beaches page for more information) and back via this trail. Initially part of this trail has asphalt, so it can be slippery when wet. The rest of the trail is wide and then it narrows. There are a number of really narrow deer pathways as well so keep to the pathway that climbs upward.
Mouat Park Trail – Central
Access: If you are in our town of Ganges , this is a great trail circuit to give Rover a good walk. You can access the main entrance by heading for Art Spring on Jackson Road (Embe Bakery is the land mark off Fulford-Ganges Road) Take Seaview Drive – a small road to the left of Art Spring (looking at Art Spring’s main entrance). There is a large parking area straight ahead. Pets should be under your control at all times. Do be watchful of moving and parking cars in the parking lot.
A secondary access area is off the busy Rainbow road so we don’t recommend it for pet owners. It is in the 200 block of Rainbow road near the North End of our community swimming pool.
Details: A number of easy trails make up this network, making it possible to choose short or long excursions. The full trail circuit is over 8 km long. Along the trail there are recreational activities set up for humans and this is a FREE Disc Golf Course so do keep your eye out for flying discs in first central loop area where the course is. There is a handy map at the front entrance which will indicate where this is. There are also washrooms throughout the first portion of the park. This trail can get slippery when wet, so do use caution. In the far West corner of the park is Garden Faire Campground, so be alert to stray dogs that might be staying in the campground.
Mount Erskine – North West
Access: There are three access points with the JuniperPlace/Trustees Trail access being the best for dogs and parking. Because the entrance if off a turn around it is fairly safe for dogs as long as you keep an eye out for cars entering and parking.
One: Collins Road Trail head is right off Collins road about 0.7 km from its junction with Rainbow road. It has very little parking. It is extremely steep – winding through Arbutus Groves, Garry Oak and Old Growth Douglas. The pay off is the fairy doors along the way.
The trail is about 5km long or 2.5 hours returns from the bottom to the Mount Erskine Summit . Elevation gain is about 370 meters! Dogs can be off leash once they are on the trail, but from the car up the trail by the fairy doors, we recommend dogs be leashed for their safety and the preservation of the delicate fairy doors.
Two: Manzanita Ridge Nature Reserve. Dogs need to be on leash while in the reserve. Access is on the right side of Toynbee Road less than .5 km from its junction with Cranberry Road.
Three: Trustees Trail Road– the best access point for dogs. Take Juniper Place which turns into Spring Gold Way to the T section at the top. There may be a sign saying “Trustees Trail”. In any case turn Right and park in the turn around. There is a spectacular view from this turn around. The entrance has a sign as their is an initial 90 meter trail that the CRD manage called Trustee Trail. See the information and pictures for this hike below.
Mount Erskine Summit
Details: Access point One – The Collins Road entrance to Lower Mt Erskine Nature Reserve is a very steep climb up and then you enter into a series of switch backs until you come to the Summit of Mount Erskine, which is so very worth the trail up! The look out point to the left is forested and offers a lovely view of Southern Vancouver island. The look out point to the right which has a open expansive view of Salt spring and Northern Vancouver island is very impressive. The trail up does a loop in the upper section to the main viewpoint. Watch for the Summit Sign and turn right to head up to the summit. If you go left you end up walking along the ridge.
Access point Two – Manzanita Ridge Nature Reserve is 11 km. Plan on 90 minutes to walk up to the summit. The trail climbs steeply through second growth rain forest. It reaches the ridge for beautiful views of of Vancouver Island and the East and West side of Salt Spring island. You will see power line crossings. If you continue on the trail to the East along the ridge you will come to the summit. At the summit there are views north over Vesuvius on Salt Spring island and Crofton on Vancouver Island. is a bench and a wonderful rock commemorating dog named Rosie which has a dug out bowl catching rain water and offering visiting dogs a drink of water!
Access Point Three – Trustees Trail is an easy 90 meter walk to the Mount Erskine Provincial park boundary. This trail is gentle and a more moderate climb. Plan on one hour up to the summit. It has the safest access with dogs and is an easy climb for little guys. It begins with Trustees trail and a turn left at the first fork in the trail into the switch backs that reach the summit. Be sure to watch for the Summit sign. Keep left on the way down to connect back up to Trustees Trail. There are no signs until you reach Trustees Trail. Pets need to be under you control at all times.
Mount Maxwell – South West
Access: Trailhead One: There is a trailhead at the end of Seymour Heights Road. Park just before Armand Way branches off to the left – about 0.7 km from Dukes and Seymour Heights Roads.There is parking for about two cars. Walk to the end of Seymour Heights Road (0.8km) to the Trailhead marked with a BC Parks and Trail sign.
Trailhead Two: There is also a trailhead at the end of Armand Way with lots of parking.
Trailhead Three: You can also drive all the way up to the Mount Maxwell Peak parking area and trailhead. Watch for and follow signs off Fulford- Ganges onto Cranberry Road. Take Cranberry Road to Toynbee and keep right. The road turns into gravel and has steep grades, pot holes, limited vision in some spots and can be impassable at certain times of the year, especially during the wet rainy season. Take the gravel road right to the top where you will see a parking area.
Details: This is a Provincial Park which requires dogs to be on leash. The Trailhead One trail links Seymour Heights with the peak of Mount Maxwell (Bayne’s Peak). It is approximately 2 km one way. At the peak be sure to stay behind the chained link fence that offers some safety from the sheer drop cliffs. Trailhead Two from Armand way has moderately difficult trails with some steep sections which pass through second growth Douglas fir trees. It climbs about 175 meters to the peak within an hour going up (less going down). The trails are marked with orange metal markers. Trailhead Three is at the Peak of Mt Maxwell. Head from the parking lot to the left for a nice picnic area and vista. To the right you will find a spectacular vista with bench and big boulders. Trails begin right off this vista. The sweeping views feature Burgoyne Bay, the Fulford-Burgoyne Valley to the San Juan island (USA) and over to Maple Bay on Vancouver Island.
Northview Nature Reserve – North West
Access: At the end of Northview Place is a lovely 17.8 acre trail through the Northview Nature Reserve. There is plenty of parking in the turn around. Dogs must be on leash as it a nature reserve and plants and wildlife are protected and possibly endangered.
Details: In the Eastern lower region of the reserve it is a typical Salt Spring forest mix of hardwoods and conifers. On the Western hilly portion there are Douglas firs and Alder stands. The hike through the entire trail system can be accomplished in 1.5 hours. The Salt Spring Island Conservancy is conducting studies to estimate the native populations of plants and animals (particularly birds) and to provide better refuge for sustaining and enhancing populations of native species. This land was an anonymous donation acquired in 2008 and we feel very fortunate for the work the SSIC does on our island and hope all pet owners will appreciate their efforts and walk with dogs on leash.
Peter Arnell Park Trail – South East
Access: On the East side of Steward Road (in the 400 block) at the sharp bend in the road is the access point. It is approximately 1.5 km from Cusheon Lake Road. You will see a main wooden Arched Sign when you pull in. Dogs can be off leash but need to be under your control. This is a busy road so be watchful when loading and unloading your precious friends.
Details: A lovely moderate hike of 1.5 km. It takes approximately 30 minutes to walk the circuit loop. The hike is forested with views of the ocean towards Galiano Island and Active Pass. Across the Stewart road is a parking area and just past that is a memorial cairn. There is another short loop trail here. From this trail you can catch a connector trail to Bryant Hill Park with another great network of moderate to difficult trails. Great for a good fitness hike!
Access: Off Vesuvius Road. There is parking by the office
Details: No dogs are allowed and in fact there is a $100.00 fine if you disobey this boundary. Central Park in our downtown is the same. So do be polite and avoid these two parks with your doggie and save your self some money! CRD does enforce this policy and fine.
Quarry Park Trail – North West
Access: About 200 metres down Quarry Drive on the south side of the road, there is a PARC sign for Quarry Park Trail which takes you down to the beach. Dogs are required on leash down the trail to the beach
Details: This is a moderate trail which takes about 10-15 minutes. There can be slippery sections so do take caution. The Beach has a terrific view to Mount Erskine and possesses wonderful tidal pools when the tide is out. Note the shoreline has many private entry points and steps up to people’s homes. Please control dogs and keep them off private property. The walk back to the Baker Road beach access is left along the beach a couple hundred metres. You will see a wooden set of steps with graffiti on it. This is a rock and boulder beach (see Baker and Quarry Park Trail Beaches on Beach page)
Ruckle Park – South East
Access: The best access for dog hikers/walkers is behind Beaver Point Hall. You can park easily, the trails you are accessing are dog friendly – as there are some that do not allow dogs anymore and that run along private livestock farms and the park sheep farm. It is best to avoid the main entrance at the end of Beaver Point road and park here and begin your hike instead. Look for the Trailhead across from the washrooms at the back of the hall. To the right you will see some heritage buildings (Beaver Point School House 1885) and a play ground. Head in this direction. The trail runs along side the school site, initially. If you go left – there is a short trail that ends suddenly.
Details: There is an extensive trail system in this Provincial Park. You can spend hours hiking through the salal, old growth forest, upon mossy boulders and rocks, around ponds and down through the ocean . You can hike all the way to Yeo Point or King’s Cove within a few hours. Stay to the trails meandering left. You can see on the map at the trailhead that Trails 3 to 7 are the safest for dog walkers. They stay clear of the active park farm. Dogs are allowed in the campground, but they must be on lead at all times. Trails are clearly marked with orange trail markers and trail injunctions have maps. There are over 15 kilometres of trails in this park. The forest is a mix of Hemlock, Fir, cedar and moss covered maple trees. One of the most stunning trail systems on our island. And the beach areas are worth the hike.
Seymour Heights South West
Access: Take Seymour Heights road to top. It turns into a gravel and mud road at the Armand Way intersection. Watch for entrance on left. There is parking for two cars only. This is a provincial park so they ask Dogs be on leash at all times.
Details: The trail is 2km and climbs 175 metres in elevation. Take trail #4 as marked on the trees and map Trail Map (PDF) The trail is mix of ferns, moss and salal. Sometimes the trail is no wider than a deer path. However, it is marked well with orange markers on trees, little signs and blue ribbon.
The Seymour route veers right and climbs swiftly to the top along route 4. The Armand way from this trail head veers left descending down to Armand Way road. You will reach a t section in which the Armand Way trail goes left and a Summit trail #4 climbs up to three mossy Boulder summit look outs. There is a creek at this intersection which is a great place for dogs to get a drink. Fantastic quiet spots to sit in the afternoon – early evening sun and have picnics or watch sunsets. The views are expansive southeast over the Fulford Valley and southwest over Burgoyne Bay and west across Sansum Narrows to Maple Bay. From the summit, the trail to your right continues along the summit ridge to the Mount Maxwell road parking area The trail can be quite mucky and slippery in spots in Winter or Spring, so do wear sturdy water proof foot wear.
Sun Eagle Trail – North West
Access: After 255 North View Place watch on your Left for a small rock sculpture and a CRD trail sign. There are steps to this beautiful trail. You can park at the end of North View Place in the turn around. Lots of parking. Dogs should be under your control at all times. From Sun Eagle the entrance is at the end in the cul-de-sac.
Details: This is a really sweet 380 meters upward challenging hike, switch backing all the way up to Sun eagle. The view of Vancouver Island from the top is magnificent, once you get beyond some of trees. If you are approaching it from Sun Eagle it is a descending pathway. This trail is an excellent connector trail for those who want to hike from Channel Ridge down to the water’s edge on the eastern shore of Salt Spring Island.
Trustees Trail – North West
Access: At the top of Juniper Place to Spring Gold Way is a right turn onto Trustees Road with a turn around. Parking is ample in the turn around and it offers a magnificent view. Dogs can be off lead.
Details: An easy 90 meter hike that takes you to the boundary of Mount Erskine Provincial Park. Few if any trail signs can be found beyond this short PARC trail. However, if you keep left and climb upward you will find the Mt. Erskine Summit which is well worth the hike. Turning left off the trail and heading along the ridge takes you to Manzanita Ridge Nature Reserve. See Trailhead Two Mount Erskine Provincial Park (above) for more information.
Access: At the end of Menhinick Drive or at the Reginald Hill Estates entrance. Parking for the Reginald Hill entrance is by the mailboxes at the end of Morningside Road.
Details: This is NOT a hike that allows dogs. No dogs are allowed, so we respect the boundaries of this reserve and take our dogs for hikes and runs elsewhere. We have plenty of options on Salt Spring. However, if you do want hike without your pooch, it is a lovely trail along the ocean front.
Welbury Bay Trail – North East
Access: A few meters up Scott Point Drive past the Long Harbour terminal staging area, on the Right hand side as you come up the First hill you will see on your Right the sign for Welbury Bay Trail. You can park on the opposite side of the road by the driveway for Salt Spring Waterfront BnB. You will see a number of large rocks sprinkling the side road at the entrance of the Park. Although the park indicates dogs do not have to be leashed. We recommend the be leashed as you cross this busy road and head into the park. Once you are in and hiking it should be safe and fine for your pooch!
Details: Initially in the park you will come to a fork in the trail. If you go left the path will quickly lead you and your furry friend toward the ferry parking/staging area and potentially, if you don’t have control over your dog, it can very quickly find itself in front of moving traffic. Thus, we do not recommend this part of the park. Instead head Right which leads you down to a very pleasant knoll over the ocean and if the tide is out, a nice beach scene. The waterfront is speckled with Arbutus trees and a couple of viewing points. There is a beautiful view of the Bay from the sitting bench on the vista. Remember the busy road is not far away at any given time in this 275 meter walk, so be sure to have good recall and your dogs under control at all times. This park is a great site for picnics, summertime swimming and just passing time before the ferry rolls in.