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Picnic areas

There are no designated picnic facilities at this park. However, benches are located at various spots along the trail. Pit toilets are also located along the trail and at the parking lot. An information shelter and bike racks can be found at the parking lot. 

Pit or flush toilets

There are four pit toilets at this park. Three along the trail and one at the parking lot.

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Helliwell Park features a 5km loop trail leading along the Helliwell Bluffs and around through the magnificent mature Douglas fir and Garry oak forest. This trail affords magnificent views of Georgia Strait and the Coast Mountains. 

Please stay on trails and do not cross the roped-off areas, which are being allowed to revegetate naturally. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.

Kayaks and canoes can be launched along the beach for paddling around the bluffs.
Wildlife viewing
A magnificent panorama of Georgia Strait and the Coast Mountains can be viewed from the bluffs. Seals, sea lions, Bald eagles, sea and shore birds can all be observed at this park.
Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour, and must pack out and dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.


Cycling is permitted on roadways only. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Helliwell Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.

Scuba diving
Jacques Cousteau rated the waters in this area as the second best cold water diving destination in the world. The clear waters provide a high level of visibility and slight fluctuations in water temperature contribute to a comfortable dive. Flora Islet is one of only two locations in the world where divers can see the rare Six-gill shark. This primitive, deep-sea shark ascends from great depths to the relative shallows around Flora Islet, attracting divers and marine biologists from around the world. Dive shops are located on Hornby Island, and in Union Bay and Courtenay on Vancouver Island.