The trail hugs the coast and allows for spectacular views towards Barkley Sound. If you are lucky, you might see whales feeding just offshore. This section around the peninsula is mostly gravel, with boardwalk in some places. You should reach Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, a very photogenic building, within about 20 minutes of easy walking. Amphitrite Point was named in 1859 after a ship, the HM Amphitrite. In Greek mythology, Amphitrite was one of the Nereids, or sea nymphs, a sea goddess and wife of Poseidon. The Amphitrite Point Lighthouse was first built here in 1906; the original lighthouse was lost in a tidal wave in 1914 and was immediately replaced. It has since been destaffed and decommissioned by the Canadian government.
This point can receive some heavy seas during storms, and hikers are cautioned to remain on the trail. The point is also an area that is susceptible to rogue waves, which may catch you unaware. Groomed trails on boardwalk are in good shape. Fairly flat beach walking on sandstone or hard-packed sand. Special features: Lighthouse, ocean views, signed First Nations heritage sites, hot springs, beach walks, tide pools, bird watching, wildlife.
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