Belcarra Regional Park – Jug Island and Admiralty Point Trails

Belcarra Regional Park – Jug Island and Admiralty Point Trails

I’d like to introduce you to another one of the gorgeous parks near Vancouver; Belcarra Regional Park. We are still exploring as much as we can locally as that is still the current advice here in BC. This regional park is 30-40 minutes drive from Vancouver; So it’s super popular with families, and you’ll find lots of people having picnics at the various beaches. We have never been excited by sitting on the beach so we explored a couple of the easy-peasy walks. We hiked along the Admiralty Point Trail as well as the Jug Island Beach Trail; So I’ll show you all them both.

Tsleil-Waututh Nation & Belcarra Regional Park

Belcarra Regional Park is located to the North East of Vancouver, directly North of Burnaby Mountain (but the other side of the inlet). The park has recently been acknowledged as the ancestral winter village of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. You can read about the 2020 agreement between the Tsleil-Waututh people and Metro Vancouver here and here.  If you read those links, it sounds like this is a sad bit of history. It’s good that this has been acknowledged and hopefully the Tsleil-Waututh people will be more involved in the park’s future plans. 

Belcarra Regional Park Trails – the basics

Public Transit:
From Moody Centre Station, you can take bus the #182 to the Belcarra Picnic Area; Or #150 runs to White Pine Beach. If you’re driving there are multiple parking areas too if you prefer to drive there.
Facilities:
There is water, toilets, picnic shelters as well as boats for hire and seasonal concession stands.
Dogs: Fun for dogs, but they need to be on a leash.
How hard are the trails? We found them easy. The hike to Jug Island beach will get your heart pumping in a couple of places, but there were loads of kids on the trail. The Admiralty Point trail is an even easier option, but it is not quite as fun.

Belcarra Regional Park Trail Map

This is the recording of us doing both trails, Admiralty Point trail first, followed by the trail to Jug Island Beach.

Admiralty Point Trail

Admiralty Point Trail
Distance: 5.3 km 
Elevation gain
: 80m

The walk to Admiralty Point is mostly through the forest, but there are quite a few places when you can look out from the trees to the coastline. I liked the view from Maple Beach along the way. This must be gorgeous on sunnier days.

Fabulous ferns and trees

I always love the trees in Vancouver’s temperate rainforests, and Belcarra Regional Park was no exception. We visited in May, so the ferns were the best part. The forest floor was completely carpeted in ferns. It was an overcast afternoon, but the light still managed to shine though the ferns to make the forest seem lush.

Admiralty Point

Once you reach Admiralty Point there are gorgeous views over towards the bridges of Vancouver as well as opposite to Burnaby Mountain.

I love how many sea creatures you can find it the rock pools at the beach. We found a bunch of sea stars under the giant rock in the photo above, and at the edge of some other large rocks. I love their bright purple colour.

This is the view in the other direction. You can get the idea of the trail from this view. It’s all rocky outcrops next to calming forest. Once you’ve made it to the end of the trail, you just return the way you came. Or you can do a loop back if you fancy a longer walk.

Jug Island Beach Trail

Jug Island Beach Trail
Distance: 5.1 km 
Elevation gain
: 200m

The Admiralty Point trail was nice, but it was so flat, that it was a little too easy for us, so we decided to go on a second walk to Jug Island beach as well. We loved this trail even more!

There are some steps, and lot of rooty paths, so it’s fun to explore. Don’t worry though, the path is super obvious. Even if you don’t have a map you won’t get lost. There is some elevation gain, but just as your heart starts to get pumping it’ll be over. It’s not super hard.

Jug Island Beach

Once you reach the end of the trail, you get to see this lovely view of Jug Island. We went on a bit of a grey day, but if you go when it’s sunny, the greeny-blue water makes it look tropical.

We saw plenty of people in kayaks and paddle boards. It might be nice to swim here too, but there are lots of barnacles, so if you want to swim, bring flip flops or swimming shoes.

If you’re lucky, you might get to meet a posing goose at the beach too.

If you fancy an easy, family friendly walk near Vancouver, this is a good option. Or I have a bunch of other possible easy walks in BC, Canada. You can click on the green hiking symbols on the map below to find them.

Or, you can click on one of the pins below to save this for later.

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35 thoughts on “Belcarra Regional Park – Jug Island and Admiralty Point Trails

  1. Some great trails there and the photos almost look more impressive with some cloudy weather don’t they? Looks like an incredibly beautiful location.

    1. I think it’s mostly about delicate habitats. Although we love them, doggos can mess up some of the habitats, plants and bird nesting sites… (although sometimes it’s about bears!!)

      Some people don’t listen, so we often see dogs off their leashes, but if I find a sign that they should be leashed, I add it to the blog.

  2. This looks like a beautiful place to explore! I’m in Ontario but haven’t explored much of Canada – I’ll have to make a point to get to BC some day – and given the current state of the world we may be only travelling throughout Canada for the next little while!

  3. I’m a huge fan of the outdoors so this looks perfect to me! Have pinned this so I can check back on it for future travel planning 🙂

  4. I have only been to Vancouver once and I absolutely loved it! I didn’t even know about this park when I visited and I am itching to get back there. You’re so lucky to have such a beautiful location so close by!

  5. Absolutely love this! Those sea stars are so cool! I missed the hiking back when I was in the Vancouver area, so hopefully when I get back there I can explore this park and trails! They look awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Vancouver looks like the perfect getaway for someone who wants to go back and be one with nature 🙂 I love that the wildlife isn’t scared of humans, it’s a testament to the locals and how well they respect the natural wildlife. a HUGE plus in our books. Thank you for the great post

  7. This hike looks beautiful! I will definitely be adding it to my list next time I am back in Vancouver 🙂

  8. Beautiful area! Next time we visit the Vancouver are we will definitely make this part of our trip. Loved your photos and details and thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow, there seems to be no shortage of gorgeous parks in this area. The purple sea stars look interesting – I have never seen them in purple before.
    I think I’ll pack my inflatable kayak and do a little exploring. 🙂

  10. So much beautiful wildlife everywhere, looks like a great place to visit for a calm walk into nature!

  11. I would’ve found that first trail a little boring as well! I’m used to trails that go straight into the hilly part! The closest hike to my place has a 500m elevation in about 3km of trail. It get pretty hard near the top, but the view is so amazingly worth it!

  12. Belcarra Regional Park seems like a hidden gem in Vancouver! We haven’t been to Vancouver yet, but when we do, we’ll make sure to go hike at this regional park. Hopefully we’ll also get to spot a giant purple sea start! 🙂

  13. Finally, a walk that’s too easy for you which means it’s perfect for me, haha! The Admiralty Point trail sounds great, I’m sure the views on a sunny day would be even more beautiful. Those sea stars look surreal!

    The goose looks so contemplative staring at Jug Island, wonder what’s going on in it’s life!

    P.S., Minor typo in your first para, last line: So I’ll show you all them both.

  14. Belcarra Regional Park has so many trails to explore. All the trails seem quite doable for any beginner. Must be popular among families and children. You have captures some really beautiful photographs of that place.

  15. Vancouver has so many amazing hikes! I love hiking in forests with ferns as it reminds me a lot of when I lived in Portland. That is really cool that you found those beautiful starfishes. Only seen ones like that on coral reefs when diving. I’m really hoping I can plan a trip up there I’m 2021!

  16. Ahh, your photos are gorgeous as always–I’d love to visit someday when it’s okay to travel again! I love all the greenery and that’s awesome that you can see the sea stars in the rock pools so clearly!

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