2014 Challenge - 52 Weeks of Trails
Happy New Year! We hope 2014 finds you well. As a host of New Year’s resolutions lie in wait at your feet to be chosen, might we introduce you to our Sunshine Coast trails challenge for the year. Each week, we will introduce you to a new trail on the Sunshine Coast; trails of all different lengths, difficulties, and methods of travel (foot, bike, kayak….) and we hope you will join in on the fun. And when you do, share it with us and your fellow trail-mates, using #52weeksoftrails. We love hearing about your adventures on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and we’re now on Instagram, too! Get outside, get active, and enjoy everything the beautiful Sunshine Coast has to offer!
Week #1 – Francis Point Provincial Park
Francis Point Provincial Park is located in the Pender Harbour region of the Sunshine Coast. The trails wind along the rocky coastline and provide excellent views of Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island over relatively flat terrain. It is a day use park with no overnight camping or campfires.
From the park lot, it’s a very short distance along the trail to the beach itself. The trail then splits to the left and the right. Take the right side for some rocky stairs up to a very nice viewpoint (only about a 10 minute walk altogether). Take the left side for a bit longer (approx. 45 minutes return) of a hike out to the lighthouse and just enjoy the views or even have a picnic. Rain or shine, summer or winter, this is a fantastic hike for almost all skill/fitness levels to enjoy.
· Map of the Park
· Directions to the trailhead: Head North on Hwy 101 (coming from Sechelt) towards Madeira Park (if coming from Powell River head South) and turn onto Francis Peninsula Road across from Rona (the hardware store). Travel on Francis Peninsula Road for a few km, then turn left onto Merrell Rd. Drive straight to the end of Merrell Rd where you will see the parking lot for the park and the trailhead.
· Geocaches: there are 6 geocaches along the trail. If geocaching is new for you, it’s a real-world treasure hunt, so don’t miss out on the fun.
· Other notes: There is an outhouse at the trailhead. Dogs are allowed but must be on leash and under control at all times. While allowed, the trails are not very suitable for biking.
Share your hiking adventure with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using hashtag #52weeksoftrails