The map above shows roughly where these two trails are located off the Granite Bay Road.
These two sites are accessed from the Granite Bay Road.
The old fish-processing plant and its buildings have recently been bought by a young couple with young children and they are developing the site and cleaning it up via boat access. They do not mind respectful visitors hiking in from the road.
To get to Deepwater Bay, drive north from Heriot Bay for about 20 minutes to Granite Bay Road then turn left and drive down Granite Bay Road for 15 minutes until you pass a quarry on your left as you start to go downhill.
Just after you pass the quarry on your left you’ll see a road going off to the left and one to the right. Take the left road and follow it slowly for a few miles until it ends at an area of stumps and cut wood scraps. Park here. Follow this road on foot and it soon deteriorates into a foot-trail with many fallen tress across it, and at least one washed-out section on it. Keep pushing on through the ness and in about 45 minutes the trail stops at the ocean and the old fish-processing buildings. That is the end of the trail. There may be a trailer parker there now, and recent signs of human activity as the site is now privately owned and this should be respected.
As you follow the trail downhill you will pass a yellow steel gate and then come to the ocean and the old buildings at: N50.18577, W125.33304. This is a beautiful spot indeed and is now private property with new owners. IMPORTANT: Please respect that this is private property, so that future hikers will be welcome to hike to there.
The Benn Mine is accessed from the same logging road which goes to the Deepwater Bay Trail. After turning off from Granite Bay Road just past the quarry, drive along this rough logging road for about a mile and a half, as it climbs up to a saddle. When you arrive on the saddle summit, you will see a parking area on an old road to your right, and the remains of a road on your left where there is also some orange and pink flagging. This parking point is at: N 50.19384º, W 125.29963º
From the parking spot you take the old road to the north, and this old washed-out road is well-marked with new pink flagging tape and climbs to the east and gradually sweeps around to the west. After about 20 minutes of climbing this easy old road you will arrive at a fork in the road: take the left-hand branch here. In a few minutes this trail ends at the Benn Mine site. Here you will find old mine shafts, and plenty of old relics. Be careful when moving around the old shafts as they are very deep and the side are very steep and dangerous. You can see from the very green rocks around this site that copper is strongly present here. This is a great old mine to explore, and it appears to have ceased operating in the 1960s.
This page was updated on 26th May, 2023.