Bellhouse Provincial Park
About This ParkThis small day-use park on scenic Galiano Island in the southern Gulf Islands is a lovely spot for a picnic. Located on Burrill Point, this park offers excellent views of busy Active Pass, Mayne Island and the Strait of Georgia and is a great vantage point from which to observe the ferries passing between the Gulf Islands.
A short trail through Garry oak meadows leads from the parking lot to the rocky shoreline, where visitors can try their hand at fishing for salmon and cod in the swift currents of Active Pass, explore the unique rock formations or simply observe marine mammals playing offshore. Bellhouse Park is only a short walk north from the ferry dock at Sturdies Bay on Galiano Island, and the route is well marked.
Park Size: 2 hectares
This park contains environmentally sensitive features. Please keep off moss-covered rocks and remain on identified trails.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nearby communities include: Galiano Island, Saltspring Island, Mayne Island, Victoria, Nanaimo, Duncan, Vancouver
Nature and Culture
- History: BellhouseProvincial Park was named after Leonard Thorneycroft Bellhouse, whose family had owned the property since 1907. Located at Burrill Point on Galiano Island, the land was previously used by guests of Bellhouse’s “Farmhouse Inn” and represents an important part of the island’s farming history.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 175.73KB] for Bellhouse Provincial Park is available in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
The park is accessible by canoe or kayak via Active Pass. The rocky shoreline makes pulling out of the water difficult.
Salt water fishing in the swift currents of Active Pass can be done from the shores of Bellhouse Park. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
A short moderately easy trail winds through the park and along the shoreline, offering views of Active Pass. Set aside 10 to 30 minutes to see the park.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Facilities Available at this Park
This park has a day-use/picnic area with picnic tables and benches, pit toilets and a walking trail. The pit toilets are located approximately 2 minutes down the trail; picnic tables can be found approximately 5 minutes down the trail along the shoreline in the day-use area.
Pit or Flush Toilets
Pit toilets are located approximately 2 minutes down the trail from the day-use area.