Dionisio Point Park is situated at the northern tip of Galiano Island, at the entrance to Porlier Pass from the Strait of Georgia. This rocky headland is flanked by sandy beaches and two splendid bays.
This 142-hectare Gulf Island park has a rich human history. The large mounds found along the shores mark the shell middens (refuse heaps) that indicate native occupation dating back over 3000 years. Castaway shells left by centuries of harvesting formed berms on the foreshore of the park. Middens contain many of the archaeological clues that help to unravel the history of earlier cultures.
Galiano Island, named after the Spanish explorer Dionisio Galiano who sailed these waters 200 years ago, is a special place of great natural beauty and interest. Dionisio Point Park is rimmed by a varied and beautiful shoreline and is probably the most scenic part of Galiano Island. Sandstone headlands sculpted by erosion, wildflower meadows and verdant forests are features of the park. The intertidal area is just as rich, with sandstone shelves, pebble beaches and a shallow bay, known as Coon Bay to the locals.
Stroll along sandy beaches or follow the trail at Porlier Pass, which leads to Race Point Lighthouse and a series of coves. There are various recreational opportunities including camping, picnicking, swimming, diving, fishing, kayaking and hiking.
Dionisio Point Provincial Park has marine access only – there is no public road access. Facilities include 30 walk-in campsites, pit toilets and a hand water pump. A strict “No Fires” regulation is enforced here. Open year round. Fees are collected and full services available from May 14 to September 15.
Middens are archaeological sites protected under British Columbia law, and may not be disturbed.
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