Bluffs Park is Galiano’s oldest wilderness park. Bluffs Park was donated to the people of Galiano Island in 1948 by Max and Marion Enke. The park is 317 acres (128 hectares) of green space which includes forest, cliff and meadow ecosystems in the heart of the South end of Galiano Island. The viewpoint (300 feet above sea level) looks out over Active Pass, Helen Point on Mayne Island and down Trincomali Channel to the San Juan Islands. On a clear day one can see the snow capped Olympic Mountains of Washington State.
There are many short trails through the park. The viewpoint is a splendid site for a picnic or meditative moment. The incredible scenery from the viewpoint is accessible to all vehicle passengers from the parking lot. For visitors with limited mobility or time, this park offers a fine view without hiking. For hikers, the long sandy beach at Matthews Point is a steep hike from the viewpoint. Also, the Japanese Charcoal Pitkiln is a about 7 minutes from the viewpoint.
The Park is accessible from the Sturdies Bay Trail, from Bluff Road and from Winstanley Road.
Maps and Information
Visit this webpage for a community inventory of species known to Bluffs Park, which provides a snapshot of the diversity found across a spectrum of habitats, including oldgrowth Douglas-fir forests, wetlands, woodlands and associated rock outcrop communities.