The map to the right shows the location and landmarks of the Tex Lyon Trail from Beaver Harbour to Dillon Point.
If you're looking for a challenging coastal hiking experience with a taste of forest and rocky seashore, you'll enjoy this seven kilometre recreational trail.
Situated on the shores of Beaver Harbour, Tex Lyon Trail leads you to Dillon Point and provides the adventurous hiker with a panoramic view of Queen Charlotte Strait and the historic village of Fort Rupert.
Picnic tables, barbecues and rest places are offered along the way and at Dillon Point, where boaters too can find access to the trail and enjoy a pleasant day on the beach.
Commencing at the boat launch at Beaver Harbour Park, the trail continues in the trees behind the rock bluff, beyond the residential area at the end of a sandy beach. Hikers are asked to leave their vehicles in the parking lot provided at the park, and to watch the tides carefully when rounding the rock bluff. In other words, be sure to time your hike on an outgoing tide.
You'll see a variety of bird and marine life along the trail, and encounter typical B.C. coastal undergrowth, large spruce, cedar and hemlock trees. Signs point the way to Dillon Point, and a quiet refuge, "Basket Eaters' Cove," marks the midway point along the route.
High points along the trail offer a scenic vista of the offshore islands where native wildflowers abound in spring. And the sharp-eyed hiker should be on the lookout for bald headed eagles and osprey that nest in the area.
Construction of this challenging recreational hiking trail was sponsored by the Regional District of Mount Waddington and funded by a Job Strategy Grant from Employment and Immigration Canada. The Provincial Social Services and Housing Ministry supplied crew members to build the trail, and the Port Hardy Lions Club assisted in construction, and will maintain the trail for the enjoyment of residents and visitors for years to come.
This trail is for the rugged hiker. While a round trip can be done in eight hours, we recommend that you allow 12 hours for a return trip, and that you watch for tides.
Consult your tide book, be sure to wear sturdy footwear and to dress for the weather. Happy trails!