Sargeant Bay offers remarkable diversity and habitat for nature appreciation, recreation, and conservation, which is why a significant portion is protected as a Provincial Park.
Winter storms from Georgia Strait bring logs and driftwood ashore, making Sargeant Bay a beachcomber’s dream. The gentle slope of the sand and shingle beach also makes it ideal for swimming or paddling on a warm day. As an overnight anchorage it is fine in a northwesterly but not the place to be with winds from other directions. Holding good in sand and mud.
A unique feature of the park is the barrier berm, a natural walking trail and an accessible place to observe the park’s abundant flora and fauna. The berm’s dry salty environment supports unique plants. Enclosed by the barrier berm is Colvin Lake, a wetland habitat for waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, salmonoids, 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. Sphagnum moss, bog cranberry, bog laurel, labrador tea and insect eating sundew are some of the plants that grow in this part of the park.
Trails abound in the forested portion of the park. Moss covered maples, massive Douglas fir, as well as patches of shore pine and arbutus trees support deer, black bear, red-tailed hawks and barred owls to name a few of the animals that make their homes here.