Sargeant Bay

Sargeant Bay offers a remarkable diversity of recreation, combining outdoor experience and habitat for nature appreciation.

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Sargeant Bay offers a remarkable diversity of recreation, combining outdoor experience and habitat for nature appreciation.

Winter storms from the Georgia Strait bring logs and driftwood ashore, making Sargeant Bay an excitinfg place to explore. The gentle slope of the sand and gravel beach make it ideal for swimming on a warm day. Canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and fishing from small boats are other favorite activities on the bay.

A unique feature of Sargeant Bay is the barrier berm, which has created a natural walking trail and an excellent place to observe the park’s abundant wildlife. The berm, with it’s dry salty environment provides habitat for plants like chicory with it’s beautiful blue flowers and gumweed, named for the sticky gum-like substance surrounding it’s flowers. Enclosed by the barrier berm is Colvin Lake, a wetland habitat for interesting species of waterfowl, salmon, cutthroat trout, river otter and beaver. A fish ladder aids the return of spawning fish to the creek above the lake.

Upland from the beach and berm is Triangle Lake, a true bog that receives it’s water from rain only. Spagum moss, bog cranberry, bog laurel, labrador tea and insect eating sundew are some of the plants that grow in this part of the park.

Access to Triangle Lake is via a 3 km trail from Redrooffs Rd. through varied types of forest. Coastal rainforest with lush moss covered maples, massive douglas fir, as well as patches of shore pine and arbutus trees scattered in the drier sites. Black tailed deer, black bears, red-tailed hawks and barred owls make their homes here.