Fillongley Beach, 12/26/23
Denman now has a quarter of its land protected as Provincial Parks, Regional District Parks and a handful of other designations, which is the highest percentage of any of the Gulf Islands. The Denman Conservancy Association Protected Lands map is still the most up-to-date showing these, and the made and unmade road network on the island.
Denman Island Trail Maps
12 Walks with maps, photos and descriptions, including tips on what flora and fauna to look out for.
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These are just some of the best of the multitude of trails within the Protected Land areas which are now accessable to the public.
The best time to start is when the tide is going out.
Leave the car behind for these two hikes, simply turn right at the bottom of the driveway, walk 50 yards to our track down to the beach, and your hike has begun. Then you have a choice to make, north or south (left or right).
Even at high tide there's always enough beach to allow you to get as far as Fillongley Park, where you may or may not be cut off by Beadnell Creek (it depends on the rainfall we've had). You can always take off your boots and wade across. It's possible to walk as far as Sandy Island Bird Reserve at the island's northern tip. Just be warned - high tide can cut you off completely at Komas Bluffs, so don't forget to check the tide times.
A Walk in Fillongley Park ▼
"Today, 14.26% (13.5 million hectares) of British Columbia's land base is protected. There are more than 340 campgrounds, 6000 km of hiking trails, 118 boat launches and 263 day-use areas in B.C.'s provincial park system.
"British Columbia's parks are one of the greatest resources this province has - they are major vacation spots, both internationally and locally, they protect some of the largest temperate rainforest left in the world, and they host a wide range of flora and fauna."
(A History of BC Parks)