Located north of Sechelt and the village of Tuwanek, this park offers views of Sechelt Inlet, the Sechelt Peninsula, and town of Sechelt. Access is by 4-wheel drive to the mountaintop hiking area and Richardson Lake with its rustic campsites. Its shoreline includes three of the boat-accessible camping sites within Sechelt Inlet, at Oyster Beach, Nine Mile Point and Tuwanek.
Backcountry camping is allowed, but limited facilities are provided. There are three areas to camp:
Campfires are permitted. Fires must be kept to fire-rings if provided, or below the high tide line on the beach. While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act ). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
For the Mount Richardson west side trail follow the driving directions as far as the “west road,” then, about 800 metres after this junction, an old grown-in logging road off to the left leads in the direction of the peak. This road ends in a forest plantation and from there it is a bush whack to the ridge leading to the summit. You can also reach the summit from the lake by bush wacking through the timber to the summit.
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.
There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park. There are rentals available in Tillicum Bay and Sechelt.
Charts of the area are #3512 Strait of Georgia Central Portion and #3514 Jervis Inlet including Sechelt Rapids.
The Topographic Map for this area is Sechelt Inlet 92G12.
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. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. Check the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for regulations.
From Sechelt, take Wharf Road. Then, turn right onto East Porpoise Bay Road (turns into Sechelt Inlet Road) for 8.6 km. Turn right onto the Sechelt-Dakota Forest Service Road (across from Peddles & Paddles). After 1.1km, turn left onto Sechelt-Gray Forest Service Road Branch 9. Follow this for 5.2 km, then turn left on Branch 300 (near the 7 km marker). Using 4-wheel drive, follow this very rough road staying left for 7km to the park boundary. The last portion of the road has a very steep, difficult section.
Please read all signs, watch for logging trucks and drive with extreme caution.
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.