Mount Maxwell Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island

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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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Salt Spring Island holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Mount Maxwell Provincial Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Hope for a clear night to see the sunset, but it was totally socked in when we got there and seeing the clouds clear and the view unfold was pretty spectacular and made for some neat photos! 
  • Was able to make it up the gravel road to the top in a small sports car! Amazing! Next time will hike the park and start earlier! Top notch views of the Olympic mountains, Vancouver Island, Cowichan B...  more »
  • Incredible views. Road is less than I would of expected for a provincial park, but I guess maintenance is an issue with the weather. 
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  • If you like to drive to the top this is for you. I'm more into hiking to the top ( I'm sure there are trails to do so if you know the area). Real nice views good place to take the family. Just keep the kids need critters away from some of the edges.
  • Beautiful views and easy hiking trails. Make sure it's not too muddy if you're driving to the trail head though!
  • There are two ways to get to the top. One, drive up a off-road rocky road that can get narrow at certain sections. No need for a 4x4, I drove up in a front wheel drive sedan. Second, hike up. The hike is beautiful and is medium difficulty. Some sections are steep, but totally safe and beautiful views. I'd recommend the hike if you have the time. The visitors center can guide you to the start of the hike. The views are absolutely beautiful and totally worth the effort.
  • Spectacular view. Easy trail from the parking lot or hike from the bottom through a beautiful, old growth forest.
  • The views from the top of the mountain are incredible. This is a must see for anyone who wants to see something absolutely amazing.