Premier Listings for Mount Maxwell Park

Mount Maxwell Provincial Park on Saltspring Island, provides visitors with the opportunity to stand on top of Baynes Peak and enjoy the best views available anywhere on the Gulf Islands.

From the 588-metre summit of Baynes Peak, spread out before you to the south is one of the very few open fields on the Gulf Islands, stretching all the way to Fulford Harbour. That’s only the beginning of the magnificent views.

The farther you look, the more you see, as your eyes search out landmarks that distinguish this part of the Pacific Northwest: Mount Baker, the plains of western Washington, the San Juan Islands, and the snow-gripped Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains.

Just as obvious are the broad waters of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the vast shipping lanes through which supertankers journey between the refineries in Whatcom and Skagit Counties, and through which the Alaskan oilfields and freighters carry wheat, lumber, sulfur and automobiles between the docks in Vancouver and Asian markets. Find a sheltered ledge and lean back to drink in all of this.

Mount Maxwell’s Baynes Peak is crowned by a forest of mature grand fir and Garry oak. A provincial ecological reserve has been created here to protect the enclave and provide biologists an opportunity to study this vibrant ecosystem. The park is adjacent to the Mount Maxwell Ecological Reserve.

Mount Maxwell Provincial Park offers a number of walking/hiking opportunities with spectacular views. Approximately 6 kilometres of maintained trails all start at the parking lot and range from easy strolls to more demanding hikes. Trails to the north and east travel through wooded areas of old-growth and second-growth Douglas fir. The trail to the west follows along the ridge of Mount Maxwell and links up with the park entrance road approximately 2 km from the parking lot.

Excellent views can be had from various points along the trails, particularly at Baynes Peak, Saltspring Island’s highest point. From here visitors can get a panoramic look at Vancouver Island, the surrounding Gulf Islands and the mainland of British Columbia.

This park has a day-use/picnic area at the summit of Mount Maxwell. Facilities include a parking lot, pit toilet, picnic tables and a viewing area with spectacular vistas of Burgoyne Bay and Samsun Narrows. The gravel road to Mount Maxwell Park is steep, narrow and bumpy. Drive slowly and use caution when traveling this route.

Mount Maxwell Provincial Park is located on Saltspring Island in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. From Ganges, head south on the Fulford Ganges Road to Cranberry Road. Turn left at the junction with Mount Maxwell Road and continue slowly on the rough road to the park. Drive slowly, as the road is rough but passable.

BC Ferries run several services throughout the year to Saltspring Island from Vancouver (Tsawwassen), Victoria (Swartz Bay) and Crofton on Vancouver Island.

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Salt Springs Spa Resort
1460 North Beach Road Saltspring Island BC V8K 1J4 Home Phone: 250-537-4111Home Fax: 250-537-2939Work Phone: 1-800-665-0039Visit Website

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This highly acclaimed seaside spa resort features ocean and forest view chalets, each with their own wood burning fireplace, kitchen and 2 person mineral water jet bath. Canada’s most complete organic health spa offers a full range of traditional Ayurvedic and Modern holistic body, beauty and fitness therapies including customized herbal, diet, weight loss, yoga and cleansing programs and retreats.

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Cedar Beach Resort
1136 North End Road Saltspring Island BC V8K 1M1 Home Phone: 250-537-2205Work Fax: 250-537-5509Work Phone: 1-888-537-4366Visit Website

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Cedar Beach Resort is located on beautiful St. Mary Lake on Salt Spring Island. Our 5 acre resort offers 17 cabins and suites as well as 23 fully-serviced RV/camping sites. We have our own private, sandy beach right on the lake. Our heated, outdoor swimming pool (open mid-May to mid-September) and hot tub offer fabulous lake views. All cabins and suites are fully furnished with cooking facilities, and the adjoining Beach House offers indoor and outdoor recreation space. An exceptional venue for family reunions, gatherings, and small group weddings.

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Mowhinna Creek Campground
515 Fulford-Ganges Road Saltspring Island BC V8K 2K1 Home Phone: 250-537-7861Visit Website

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Mowhinna Creek Campground is located in the heart of Saltspring Island, 1 km south of Ganges. Convenient central location from which to explore the island. Accessible by local bus. Nestled in the woods, the easy-access RV sites have full hookups. Tent sites vary in amount of shading. Pets welcome. Camp hosts on site. Reservations recommended.

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Cusheon Lake Resort
171 Natalie Lane Saltspring Island BC V8K 2C6 Home Phone: 250-537-9629Work Fax: 250-537-9692Work Phone: 1-866-899-0017Visit Website

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Listen to the quiet or sometimes the frog chorus or children’s laughter. With 14 one & two bedroom log cottages & 2 cedar loft cabins, the resort is a destination for all. Couples wanting to spend a relaxing time with each other. Families ready to enjoy time together inside and out – playing board games or swimming and boating. Beautiful, well-maintained cottages with lake frontage, fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens & TVs. The resort grounds are surrounded by the lake on three sides, with 2 docks, a swimming beach with raft and a boat beach for lake access. Canoes, rowboats and outdoor hot tub are here for your use.

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Salt Spring Island Golf & Country Club
805 Lower Ganges Road Saltspring Island BC V8K 2N5 Home Phone: 250-537-2121Home Fax: 250-537-2126Visit Website

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Located in the heart of beautiful Salt Spring Island, and just minutes from the downtown core, the Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club is truly a memorable experience. Established in 1928, and since remodelled and improved, this nine-hole, par-36 course is open year round to members and the general public. The club includes a 250-yard driving range and practice putting green. Twilight rates available. Treat yourself to an island getaway!

Tee times are required 7 days a week, and times can be booked 7 days in advance by contacting the pro shop or booking online at saltspringgolf.com. The practice range is open daily, and you can rent clubs and power carts as needed.

Treat yourself to an island getaway!

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Hastings House Country House Hotel
160 Upper Ganges Road Ganges Saltspring Island BC V8K 2S2 Home Phone: 250-537-2362Home Fax: 250-537-5333Work Phone: 1-800-661-9255Visit Website

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Hastings House Country House Hotel is a small luxury country resort, spa and restaurant on 22 acres on the waterfront of Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island. Enjoy luxury lodging, fine dining, wellness and relaxation in a casually-elegant atmosphere. Whether your accommodations are in the stately Tudor-style Manor House, the restored historic Post Cottage, or any one of 18 distinct suites, you’ll be captivated by the ambiance of this pastoral estate.

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Quarrystone House
1340 Sunset Drive Saltspring Island BC V8K 1E2 Home Phone: 250-537-5980Work Phone: 1-866-537-5980Visit Website

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Quarrystone House is located on five country acres on the crest of a ridge on the north end of enchanting Salt Spring Island. Four beautifully decorated spacious suites are separate from the main house, with complete privacy and tranquility, private fireplace and jacuzzi tub, and expansive ocean views from your secluded balcony. Romantic and tranquil setting perfect for weddings, honeymoons, vacations and weekend getaways.

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