George Hill 

Pender Island, BC stanley point drive

Directions & Description  

George 'Hill' is an understatement.

 "A mountain is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill." -Wikipedia 

In my opinion this 'hill' should be a mountain. It was very steep, with many sets of stairs. It took about 20 minutes to reach the peak. The view at the top is incredible. You look onto Prevost Island, Salt Spring, and a bit of Victoria. There is a small bench. 

The climb is tiring and very steep. The path is dusty and not stable.

The entrance to the path is located at the base of Stanley Point drive, on North Pender.

I suggest you hike with two people, so you can not only share the view, but also be safe on the paths. There is a plateau after the first steep part. At the plateau there are a couple of different viewpoints. After turning left off the first path you will come to a small trail leading up to the view point. The trail up to the viewpoint is extremely steep, slippery, tiring, and narrow.

The view is most definitely worth the effort. You have an extremely wide view. When sitting on the bench, Mayne Island is on your far right, Prevost Island is on the right, Saltspring Island is straight ahead, and Portland Island is on your far left. It is easy to lose time when surounded by the beautiful view. This would be a great spot for a picnic.

 

Suggestions

  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Proper footwear
  • Picnic? 

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