We have really been checking off a lot on our to-see list around BC this summer. This summer may have turned out different than anyone expected, but it sure was not cancelled. One of the hikes on our list was the popular Jug Island hike in Belcarra Regional Park. Belcarra Regional Park is a 1,100-hectare regional park located in Belcarra, Greater Vancouver, British Columbia. Bordered by water, Port Moody and the Village of Anmore, Belcarra Regional Park is a highly popular day-use park. We had only been to Belcarra a couple times previously, to search for starfish at low tide. When the tide is out, there are an insane amount of starfish all around you at the beach off of the picnic area. We also frequent a couple of the lakes in the area: White Pine and Buntzen Lake.
The more I looked into what else you can do within Belcarra, I noticed the hiking trails. The one that caught my attention first was the hike to Jug Island. The hike is 5.5 km (3.4 miles) roundtrip with an elevation gain of 100 m (330 ft).
Jug Island is a gorgeous tiny island. The island itself is not accessible, but you can hike to the beach that faces the island. Or, in the summer, swim or kayak over to it. It is a fun hike to a great secluded beach. The hike itself is fairly easy, but there are quite a few incline/decline switches.
To access this hike, you will want to park in the Belcarra Picnic Area parking lot. Arrive early because it can fill up fast. Walk towards the picnic tables and kids play area and you will see the trailhead marker. Follow the trail from the trail marker, cross the road, and continue on the trail to the left.
It is a fun little hike to a relaxing, secluded beach. Our kids did not find it too difficult, but expect many incline/decline switches.The trail starts to climb quickly as you continue along the gravel path before levelling out. Eventually you will reach a junction, where you need to stay to the right. As you reach the top of the mountain (with more of an incline), look to your right for a gorgeous view across Bedwell Bay. Continuing on, the trail will make a final steep descent towards the beach.
Researching all the details I could find about this trail, I did not see it mentioned anywhere that it is also another excellent place to find starfish. We were absolutely floored by all the starfish we were surrounded by. It was a nice surprise, and a great reward for the hike. We wandered around the beach area for a while before heading back. It was a perfect toasty and sunny day for a hike and some starfish discovery!
Take a look at this great hike:
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How to get there:
Belcarra Regional Park is located northwest of Port Moody and about an hour from downtown Vancouver, at 2375 Bedwell Bay Road. The only access point to the park by car is through Bedwell Bay Road. Along the way you can take turnoffs for White Pine Beach (Sasamat Lake) . If you continue down Bedwell Bay Road, you’ll eventually reach the picnic area at the “end of the road”. You can view a map of the park here.