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Onward Point Trail - Sandspit

Onward Point Trail is a short (400m) and easy loop walk to a whale viewing platform. The trailhead begins at the Onward Point pull-over, approximately mid-way between Sandspit and the Alliford Bay Ferry.

The trail winds through a forest of second growth spruce. A steep trail leads down to a popular beachcombing site. Rounding a point, the sand and gravel beach becomes a rock shelf with intriguing geometric shapes and evidence of fossils.

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

Returning from to the forest trail we continue walking for several minutes until we reach a ‘fork’. The trail to the left, leads to the whale-watching platform while a quick detour to the right, takes us to a rock outcrop.  Climbing to the top of the outcrop, one is faced with a most amazing view!

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

To the right, is an island which is accessible at low tide. A note of caution though, the tide comes in quickly and it is possible get stranded on the island. Check with the Sandspit Visitor Information Center for more information on the local tides and the hike.

Let’s backtrack to our original destination – the whale-watching platform. The platform is actually, an attractive covered gazebo, perfect for stopping for a picnic lunch.

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit

The shelter has a great view and is a popular location for viewing gray whales when they are passing through. Seals can often be seen here. It is an excellent location for photographs and in particular, sunsets!

On the return portion of the trail loop, the forest canopy begins to fill in as the spruce is replaced by cedar. Stone steps have been built into the trail on the sloping hillside.

Although the walk itself takes less than 30 minutes, one can extend the time spent at this popular attraction by exploring the rock shelf, beachcombing, taking photographs and enjoying a picnic while watching the active marine life in the nearby waters. Take a break at Onward Point!

Photo Credit: Flavien Mabit


Contact Us

Queen Charlotte Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-559-8316

Sandspit Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250.637.5362

Port Clements Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-557-4576

Masset Visitor Centre

email: | telephone: 250-626-3982

Haida Gwaii Tourism

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