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Fillongley
Fillongley Provincial Park is located on the north-east side of Denman Island. Denman Island is situated on the east side of Vancouver Island, approximately 29 km (18 miles) south-east of Courtenay and 47 km (29 miles) north-east of Qualicum Beach.

BC Ferries
To get to Denman Island, take BC Ferries scheduled sailing from Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island across Baynes Sound in the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia) to Denman Island. The Denman Island ferry is the same vessel that you would take to go to Hornby Island in order to connect with the BC Ferries scheduled service from Gravelly Bay.

Getting to Fillongley Provincial Park
After you cross Baynes Sound by ferry to Denman Island, Fillongley Provincial Park is another 4 km (2.5 miles) away by road. To get there, follow Denman Road through Denman Village towards the ferry terminal for Hornby Island at Gravelly Bay, then just as you approach the east side of Denman Island, follow the direction sign for Fillongley Provincial Park and turn left onto Swan Road. After a short distance, turn right onto Beadnell Road and travel to the end where you can find the entrance to the park.

George Beadnell
The land that Fillongley Provincial Park sits on was originally the homestead of an Englishman named George Beadnell who had settled here at the turn of the 20th century. George Beadnell, a medical doctor, built Fillongley into one of the most beautiful estates in all of the Gulf Islands. He died in 1958 at the age of 89, and as part of his Will, the estate was bequeathed to the province of British Columbia with a request that he was to be buried in the park and the park retain the name. His grave is located along the Homestead Trail, next to some beautiful heritage trees that were brought from England.

Watersports
The park is ideal for exploring the waters around Denman Island and Hornby Island via kayaks, canoes, windsurfing, swimming, and beachcombing. There is no boat launch present - the nearest one is conveniently situated at Bill Mee Park, only 10 km (6 miles) away on East Road, just past the ferry terminal to Hornby Island at Gravelly Bay. Just remember, as with all provincial parks, there are no lifeguards present and all swimming and watersports are done at your own risk.

Facilities
The facilities at Fillongley Provincial Park are limited but do include a day-use area with picnic tables near the beach, pit-toilets, some hiking trails, and a small parking lot next to the ocean. For cold water, there is a hand pump located about 75 metres (250 feet) from the campground on Creek Trail; unfortunately, the water must be boiled, treated, and possibly filtered prior to consumption. There are fire-pit rings located at each campsite. If you require some, firewood can be bought from the local Park Facility Operator.

Gravel Beach
The beach is comprised mainly of gravel and coarse sand with lots of driftwood scattered along the shoreline washed up from winter storms. Many areas along the ocean offer plenty of privacy for relaxing while enjoying the views across Lambert Channel to Phipps Point and Mount Geoffrey Escarpment Provincial Park on Hornby Island.

Hiking Trails
Besides the Homestead Trail, there are also a couple of short hiking trails, including a 2 km (1.25 miles) wheelchair-accessible trail, that lead you through the old estate of Fillongley. Here you can find a very peaceful old-growth forest containing some large cedar and fir trees, plus a salmon spawning area on Little George Creek.

Campground
There is a small campground at Fillongley Provincial Park containing only ten vehicle-accessible campsites. The campsites are very compact, located next to each other with very little privacy between them. The campground is open all year long but has limited service and security between the time of October 16 to March 28, with campers required to be self sufficient, but there is a reduced fee.

Discover Camping
During the summer season, eight campsites are kept for reservation purposes with the remaining two being on a being first-come, first-served basis. If you want to stay here during your visit to Denman Island, it is recommended that you make reservations by using the BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service during the period of May 15 to September's Labour Day long-weekend. After the Labour Day long-weekend, reservations are no longer available with the campsites staying open on first-come, first-served basis.

Denman Island Provincial Parks
Besides Fillongley Provincial Park, there are two other provincial parks on Denman Island. Boyle Point Provincial Park on the south end offers a beautiful walking trail that takes you to a lookout point of the Chrome Island Lighthouse and a spectacular southerly view of Baynes Sound. During the walk, there are several Bald eagle nests in the large second-growth trees next to the rocky shoreline (about a 20 minute walk). Then, at the north end of Denman Island, there is Sandy Island Marine Park (Jáji7em and Kw'ulh Marine Park) where at low tide or by boat, you can access Tree Island and the Seal Islets.

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Fillongley Provincial Park
Fillongley Provincial Park

 

Beach at Fillongley Provincial Park
Beach at Fillongley Provincial Park

 

Campground at Fillongley Provincial Park
Fillongley Provincial Park Campground

 

Beach at Fillongley Provincial Park
Beach at Fillongley Provincial Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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