Mount Parke, by "Chopper"!
Mayne Island has several parks to explore, with options for everyone. From gentle forest walks, to sea-side strolls, to more exhilarating hikes to scenic points overlooking the Southern Gulf Islands, there is something for everyone.
Mount Parke can tick a lot of boxes for residents and visitors, whether you want to take it easy and do a slow forest stroll, or a more strenuous hike to the top to get your heart pumping. It's part of the Capital Regional District Regional Park system.
It's about 185 meters to the top. There are many trails and different access points, so you can either take a more direct route, which might be about a 4.7 km loop, or you can wind your way up to make the journey longer. You can extend your hike even more if you access it from Glenwood Farm, a 52-acre private parcel of land located immediately to the East of Mount Parke (access point at the intersection of Horton Bay Road and Gallagher Bay Road).
If you're a first-time visitor, it's easy to lose your way in the park, so I recommend using All Trails App to follow along or find your way, if you get turned around.
The 180-degree views from the summit is stunning, facing mostly to South, with Saturna Island to the East, Pender in front, Galiano, Prevost, Salt Spring Island and beyond to the West. On a clear day with binoculars, I think you could even see the Ferry Terminal at Swartz Bay.
You'll know you're at the summit when you reach the helipad and cell phone tower. Here is a quick video from the top, using my drone "chopper" - enjoy!