NEWTON LAKE TRAIL / WAIATT BAY – SMALL INLET TRAIL
The above map and the map below show the location of the Newton Lake Trail & its adjoining Waiatt Bay – Small Inlet Trail.
To arrive at the Newton Lake Trail drive north from Heriot Bay, about five miles to Granite Bay Road which turns off on your left, then drive down Granite Bay Road for 9.5kms to the edge of the settlement of Granite Bay. Here you will see a ‘Newton Lake Trail’ sign above a small logging dirt road running up to your right. You drive a half-kilometer up this side road to the Newton Lake Trail sign on your left and park there.
The Newton Lake Trail goes off to the left and climbs gradually for 20-25 minutes to a small lake on your right. The trail now makes a turn to the northwest and you continue along it for ten minutes and you arrive at a second small lake on your left.
The second of the pretty little lakes, above, along the trail up to Newton Lake
Continue past this beautiful little lake for another 10 minutes and Newton Lake appears on your right. Now follow the trail around the western shore of the lake for 1 minutes until you arrive at a large bare knob of rock on your right, sitting right beside the lake. This rock knob gives you the best access to the lake and you can dive straight off the rock into the clear blue lake.
The diving rock beside Newton Lake. (N50° 15.087″ W125° 16.427″)
From the rock knob the trail makes a sharp turn to the west and heads west past a stream draining from the lake. The trail follows the stream for a few minutes to a marshy pond and soon begins to drop sharply towards Small Inlet.
The signpost beside Newton Lake, below, pointing the way to Small Inlet and Waiatt Bay.
The trail to Small Inlet & Waiatt Bay begins here, beside the big bare rock knob (the diving rock) halfway around the lake on the Newton Lake Trail.
Small Inlet Provincial Park is part of the Kanish Bay inlet east of Granite Bay, and from Small Inlet the trail goes over the short (10-15 mins) portage to Wyatt Bay in beautiful Octopus Islands Provincial Marine Park and the east coast of Quadra. Thus it takes only about 10 minutes to walk this flat portage from the west coast of Quadra to the east coast. The trail ends at Waiatt Bay in Octopus Islands Provincial Park.