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“1930 feet up to great views”

Mount Maxwell Provincial Park
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

If you're squeamish about narrow, washboard roads, rethink your plans to go o the top of Mt Maxwell. Unlike a lot of mountain roads, you needn't fear having to hug the side of a rock wall and worry about sheer drops - there's none of that. The roads are all through forest, they're simply very narrow gravel and slow-going. Until you get to the top, there's nothing to see, so keep going...

Then, when you get to the top, climb up a bit of a hill to see the magnificent vistas. Well worth the drive.

Thank Kathie6
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Don't be put off by the road - after all you are climbing a mountain. It is worth the trip to stand on top of the island; when its clear out you can see so far and on other days, you get the mist or morning fog ... beautiful

Thank fionafromthecity
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

There is a winding drive, and the last bit pretty rocky to get here, so you go slow the last few kilometers. But the views of the San Juans and the mountains are just stunning at every point! Take your camera, and take some picnic snacks so you can sit and savor the views awhile. Only 20 minutes from town!

Thank AlMarch
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Our son, a student in Victoria, recommended we drive to the top of Mount Maxwell, highest spot on Salt Spring Island. I was a little apprehensive, because I have a thing about open heights, and we'd done one of those death-defying cliff-hugging drives in Costa Rica. No worries, it's all within forest, no cliffs. Two km south of Ganges, take the road past homes and farms that slowly climbs and leads to the access road to the top. It's a very dustry gravel road, twisting and turning constantly, and I'm glad it was a rental --- definitely, do NOT try this with a standard, there are places you have to give way to traffic coming down. A few people were walking, but we're talking 9 km of climbing. You go through magnificent forest, then emerge to a small parking lot and walk a short way to the peak. There's a fence, no open clifftops, big rocks to offer the best views. This was a sunny, dry day. I have no idea how far we could see, but we saw Gulf islands, the BC mainland, Vancouver Island, Washington state in the distance. The only thing we would ask if a very small, discreet map; we consulted with several other visitors, all trying to get our bearings and figure out what we were seeing. And BC does not charge for a provincial park pass, at least not on salt Spring.

Thank Nick M
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

If your vehicle can take a little bit of a steep, rough road then this is one place to be sure to go. There are picnic tables at the top where you can dine with a truly panoramic view to the south and west of Salt Spring Island. Or, just take in the views on your feet or seated on one of the benches provided. Outhouses for the call of nature.

Thank TravelgalMission_BC
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