Mount Maxwell Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island

4.7
#2 of 9 in Parks in Salt Spring Island
Head to Mount Maxwell Provincial Park, known for its marvellous viewpoint on the top of a towering cliff face. The viewpoint--called Baynes Peak--rewards visitors with memorable views of Vancouver Island, the nearby Gulf Islands, and mainland British Columbia. Hike through a dense forest landscape filled with old growth Douglas firs and Garry oak meadows. Bring some food and have a picnic by the creek while raptor birds soar overhead. Note that when taking a car to the peak, the roads contain many potholes. Don’t forget to bring your camera. To visit Mount Maxwell Provincial Park on your trip to Salt Spring Island, use our Salt Spring Island day trip planning site .
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  • We had a moderately sunny day and the locals told us to head up to the top of Mt Maxwell on Salt Spring Island. Be aware that the road is quite rough and can be muddy. We drove up in an SUV with 4 whe...  more »
  • The drive up was a little dicey in a few spots - but still very drivable in a small car. You should go to the top - the view is stunning. People were up there with picnic baskets enjoying the view and...  more »
  • The road to the top is a bit narrow & bumpy near the top.... would have been easy in our jeep, but for our low clearance car it was pushing the limits. We did make it though and the stunning view was ...  more »
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  • Beautiful vistas. One of the best lookout points on the Island. There is a great trail system along the cliffs and in the forest.
  • Excellent viewpoints, worth the trip to wander down the hill to the east a little and find some of the others beyond those right at the end of the road. Not 5 stars as the road could be better maintained (lets face it, they must grade it once a year?) Passable by passenger car but not low clearance ones. And the park's only amenities seem to be trail markers, some picnic tables, an outhouse, a haggard looking chainlink fence, and a parking lot full of puddles. BC parks needs to step it up.
  • You practically feel that you are on top of the world. Amazing view and a great feel in the park. The drive up is an adventure, especially with a smaller car but well worth it.
  • Beautiful natural forest, great trails for hiking but be prepared. You need good hiking gear and take extra supplies in case you get lost.
  • Great viewpoint but long and bumpy road. Need a 4 wheel drive!
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