East Point Park is one of two public spaces on Saturna Island, which
is tucked away at the southern end of the Southern Gulf Islands chain.
Saturna islanders lobbied hard for the creation of this serene
day park beside the East Point Lighthouse, a featured attraction
of the 2.5-hectare East Point Park, built in 1888.
East Point Park is now a part of the Gulf
Islands National Park Reserve, one of Canada’s newest national
parks. The park protects a portion of British Columbia’s beautiful
southern Gulf Islands - a landscape of rocky headlands, forested
hills and shorelines studded with colourful tidepools. The park
resembles a patchwork quilt of protected lands scattered over 15
larger islands, and many smaller islets and reefs.
The unusual sandstone shoreline, sculptured over centuries by wind
and wave erosion, has formed pockets, providing hours of pleasurable
exploration of tidal pools. Depending on the height of the tides,
you'll find more or less of the shoreline revealed during your visit,
just as you'll see more or less of magical Mount Baker's magnificent
snow cone rising above the eastern horizon, depending on the clouds.
The lower the ocean, the more there is to explore at East Point.
Walk the weathered snout of East Point and discover the many colours
revealed by erosion in the smooth shaped limestone. Offshore, the
curious eyes of harbour seals will follow you around. A trail leads
down the right side of the lighthouse to a fabulous picnic spot
on the rocky ledge above the churning waters of Boiling Reef.
East Point Park is a naturalist's paradise, teeming with birds
and marine mammals. There are few sights more thrilling than seeing
killer whales in their natural environment, and East Point is known
to be one of the best places in the Gulf Islands from which to watch
for whales during summer. Local residents claim that pods of orcas
pass the lighthouse on most days between May and November.
If you've brought a hand-carried boat, you can launch from the
beach to explore the shoreline, but beware of the tidal currents
that churn through Tumbo Channel.
East Point Park is located on Saturna
Island in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. BC
Ferries operates a ferry service from Swartz Bay to Lyall
Harbour on Saturna Island. Disembark at the ferry terminal on
Ralph Road, turn left onto East Point Road, and continue to the
extreme eastern tip of the island via Tumbo Channel Road.