Access: Signed parking lot on the south side of Bartholomew Road.
Estimated Walking Time: 30 min round trip.
Don’t miss: The sun-bleached bluffs and arbutus trees.
Hank’s Beach Forest Conservation Park, the 153 forested acres on the south-east shore of Cortes, was a gift from the Tides Foundation to the Strathcona Regional District, made possible by a private donor who wished to see the property preserved so contributed funds to assist in protecting the area from further development or logging.
In line with the covenant held by The Land Conservancy of British Columbia, and the Ecological Gift status, the Regional District manages the land as a public park with the goal of maintaining ecological integrity and a mature forest ecosystem.
Being the newest park on Cortes and some trails are still under development though most used trails are clear and wide. It is a short forest hike to a secluded wide sandy beach with a view of Lund on the main land and Twin Islands in the mid distance. At low tide, there are smooth and intriguing rock formations to explore.
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