Boyle Point Provincial Park is located on Denman
Island, approximately 40 km (25 miles) south of Courtenay
and 68 km (43 miles) north of Parksville.
To get to Boyle Point Provincial Park, take a scheduled BC Ferry
from Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island to Denman Island. To access
the ferry terminal at Buckley Bay, travel on Hwy 19 and take exit
# 101; follow the signs to the BC Ferries terminal for Denman Island
and Hornby Island.
Once you're on Denman Island, travel on Denman Road towards the
ferry terminal at Gravelly Bay for the Hornby Island ferry. Once
at Gravelly Bay, rather than proceeding onto the ferry, turn right
and continue following East Road to the parking lot and the entrance
to Boyle Point Provincial Park.
At the parking lot, you'll see a sign displaying nature information,
a map of the trail leading into the park, and a pit-toilet. The
short trail, no more than a 25 minute walk, takes you to the south
end of Denman Island through a beautiful second-growth forest. Along
the way, you can find beautiful southerly views of Lambert Channel
Island and towards Baynes Sound with Vancouver Island in the
background. Once at Boyle Point, there is a viewpoint of a lighthouse
on Chrome Island.
While you're on the trail to the viewpoint of Chrome Island, there
is a cut-off to another short trail which will take you to another
viewpoint at Eagle Rock. Eagle Rock is definitely a must-see as
you'll have a very good chance of spotting Bald Eagles that are
nesting and soaring amongst the large trees next to Baynes Sound.
Other animals to watch include squirrels, seals, Sea Lions, Ospreys,
and a large variety of seabirds.
on the Trail
When you're exploring Boyle Point Provincial Park, just remember
that the forest and surrounding vegetation is very fragile and staying
on the trail is required. Also bikes are not allowed, animals must
be on a leash, plus watch your footing along the steep banks and
oceanfront areas along the trail as they can be very slippery and
Unfortunately there is no campground at Boyle Point Provincial Park
as it is only a day-use facility and user maintained. The nearest
government campground is at Fillongley
Provincial Park, but it is a very small and popular place, and
the campsites fill up fast with most of the sites requiring reservations.
Eagle Rock off
Parking at Boyle
Bald Eagle at
to Boyle Point