Denman Island is lucky to have three beautiful Provincial Parks for visitors and residents to enjoy year-round. Each park is highlighted by the superlative beauty that BC’s Gulf Islands are known for, and represent an excellent overall view of Denman’s diverse ecosystems. We are also fortunate to have more Provincial Parks in development, now awaiting names & government approval.
Provincial Campground Information
For camping reservations, please call 1-800-689-9025 or click here to visit the BC Parks Fillongley Provincial Park webpage.
Fillongley Provincial Park
Located on the northeast side of Denman Island, Fillongley Provincial Park features some of the largest remaining stands of Douglas Firs and Cedars in the region. There is a wheelchair accessible path through the forest and a series of walking trails woven around the lush salmon-spawning habitat called Beadnell Creek, named after the land’s original owner.
George Beadnell originally settled the 23-hectare parcel of land, now known as Fillongley Park. He sold the deed for one dollar to the provincial government in 1953. Mr. Beadnell is buried on the property, and his grave can be seen along the Homestead Trail.
Fillongley is the only location on Denman Island for public camping, and advanced booking is usually required to secure a spot in this picturesque oceanfront campground. The 10 available sites are designed for drive-in camping. Campfires are allowed but no firewood is provided. Fire bans are implemented during Denman Island’s dry summer season, so be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking. There is hand pump for water but a boil advisory remains in effect all year.
Fillongley’s sandy and rocky beach is perfect for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, beachcombing and long walks, where the panoramic views take in Hornby Island and the mountain ranges of mainland Canada.
For camping reservations, please call 1-800-689-9025, or click here for online reservations.
Boyle Point Provincial Park
Boyle Point is a breathtaking 125-hectare Provincial Park located at the south end of Denman Island. It is an ideal spot for eagle watching, especially during the spring herring run. Vociferous California and Stellar Sea Lions come to the area to feed on the herring, and Boyle Point Park is a beautiful place to observe these very large creatures, as well as many magnificent migratory and local seabirds. On any given day, a visitor can witness a Great Blue Heron or Osprey fishing alongside the noble Bald Eagle.
From the lookout point at the south end of the trail, one can see the Chrome Island lighthouse. Twice annually (but only once in the summer), at the lowest tides of the year, you can walk across the ocean floor to this 2-acre island. Visitors are enticed by the isolated charm of the lonely lighthouse and the ancient Aboriginal petroglyghs carved onto the yellow rock face.
Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park
Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park is a rare niche of sand dunes, fragile vegetation, diverse animal species, and a variety of birds. On Denman Island, the marine park is commonly referred to as Tree Island or the Seal Islets. It became a provincial park in 1966, and over the past several years an increasing number of visitors have been using Sandy Island as a recreational area. It is particularly popular with kayakers.
Located off of Denman’s northern tip, this 32-hectare park can be reached most easily by boat. Walking to Sandy Island requires a tide of ten feet or lower. A tide any higher than 10 feet will require that you swim back to Denman Island, so be sure to check the Tide Charts before you set out!
During the summer of 2001, the extremely rare moth, Copablepharon fuscum, was positively identified on Sandy Island. The larvae of this moth (which is so unique that there is no common name for it) dine exclusively on sand verbena, Abronia latifolia. This plant is one of over 140 noteworthy wildflowers growing on Sandy Island.
There are numerous species of birds who make their home in this unique West Coast ecosystem and observing them can provide endless hours of enjoyment for photographers and nature lovers.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed in the Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park. To preserve the many plant species that call Sandy Island home, fires are prohibited year-round.
Denman Island’s Provincial Parks are a large part of what makes the island so magical. When you visit, please respect the posted regulations so that their beauty can be sustained for many years to come.