Morning Beach Park

Morning Beach stairs

Morning Beach Park Stairs Open

With the help of the Denman Island Parks Committee a new platform and handrail has been constructed to bridge the slope erosion at the bottom of the Morning Beach Park stairs. The stairs have now been re-opened for public access. Thank you for your patience.

Park Features

  • views of Hornby Island and the Coast Mountains
  • beachcombing
  • at low tide, walk 2.2 km to Jáji7em and Kw'ulh Marine Park [a.k.a. Sandy Island Marine Park]
  • wildlife viewing
  • leashing optional for pets
  • sand and cobble beach
  • two picnic tables
  • viewing stand
  • set of stairs and landings to the beach below
  • roadside parking
  • a log book for visitors to share their comments

Location

7600 The Point Road, Denman Island
Denman/Hornby Islands (Area ‘A')

How to Get There

View map [PDF - 374 KB] for directions

Wildlife

Deer, eagles, herons, seals, seal lions

Natural Features


The park features a steep bluff to the waterfront rising up roughly 30 metres from a sand and cobble beach on the north side of Denman Island. The bluff offers views of Hornby Island to the east and Goose Spit to the north. The bluff appears to be fairly stable with limited erosion within the park but eroding quite actively further to the south. In the summer months, high tide reaches to within two to three metres of the toe of the bluff. In the winter, the tide likely reaches all the way to the toe of the bluff. On the upland side of the bluff, the terrain slopes gently away from the bluff and toward the road.

Mature alder with salal and sword fern in the understorey make up most of the vegetation on the slope of the bluff. A roughly 15 metre wide strip of 30 – 60 year old Douglas-fir trees with salal, sword fern and grasses in the understory stretches inland from the upper edge of the bluff. Beyond that strip and out to the road, the vegetation consists mostly of 12 to 15 year old Douglas-fir trees with a salal understorey.

The park is the only access to the beach below the Komas bluffs and the only access for about eight kilometres north of Fillongley Park on the east side of Denman Island. The bluff stairs are used by the community to gain access to the beach and, at low tide, walk the 2.2 km to Sandy Island to the north of Denman Island. The public currently also uses the end of Gladstone Way on the west side of the island to access the beach and walk to Sandy Island at low tide, a distance of roughly 4 km. While a longer distance from Sandy Island, Gladstone Way provides easier access to the foreshore than the stairs.

The bluff and a narrow strip of land on the upland area above lies within a development permit area requiring a permit from the Islands Trust for any structures within that area.

Park Partners

History

This park was donated in 2010 when the adjacent lands were subdivided. In September of 2011 a stairway with 121 steps was constructed to replace the old narrow footpath down the bluff that was known as the ‘rope trail.' Construction was based on a geotechnical letter and Islands Trust development permit obtained by the regional district.  A park volunteer and Denman resident, Peter Karsten handcrafted the beautiful park signs. Peter has also supplied a log book for visitors to share their park visits with others.