Great smelly masses of kelp and herring roe wash up on this beach in the middle of March. During the herring run the population of Bald Eagles along this stretch of shore explodes. The views out towards Denman, Hornby and Chrome Islands make this a scenic walk year round. The walk can be a bit tricky in winter due to frequent beach creeks.
Directions: While heading west on the Old Island Highway (19A), from Bowser to Deep Bay, turn right on Gainsburg Road. Turn right on Kopina Drive, left on Longview Drive, and left on Shoreline Drive. Drive to the turnaround with a bench near the end of Shoreline and park. A new set of stairs lead down to the beach.
Walk east along the beach for approximately 35 minutes, and then cut over to the Buccaneer Beach Road near the bench. Head up the hill and turn right at the top onto Maple Guard Drive. Turn left on Jamieson Road, right on Bald Eagle Drive, right on Blue Heron Crescent, and left on Ocean Trail. At the end of Ocean Trail take the path to the right that cuts over to West Thompson Clark Drive. Continue along Thompson Clark Drive and turn right on Seaview Drive. Continue straight ahead from Seaview on to Shoreline Drive and return to the start.
This 3.02 Km trail takes about an hour and features stunning views of Sansum Narrows. To access the trail from Stoney Hill Road, drive from Duncan to Maple Bay and take the road to Genoa Bay. I used Heavy-J’s map in the Avenza app for this hike and found it incredibly easy to use and very accurate. Since the maps work offline without the internet (using your phone’s built in GPS) you don’t need WiFi or a phone connection to see where you are. And you don’t have to gobble up all your data to use it.