Beaches and Beach Access

Gabriola Island has many and varied beaches; from sand to sculpted sandstone and everything in between. For your safety and the protection of our delicate ecosystems please use the beach access trails marked with yellow concrete cubes. Gabriola Land & Trails Trust...

Elder Cedar (S’ul-hween X’pey) Nature Reserve

The Elder Cedar Reserve includes both young and mature forest, including the last remaining stand of old-growth trees on Gabriola. There are wetlands scattered throughout, several small streams, and high biodiversity, including some rare species. Please stay on the...

Cox Community Park

This 50ha community park has plenty of lovely walking trails and is located close to Descanso Bay Campground and the BC Ferries Terminal. See Gabriola Land & Trails Trust’s map of Gabriola Island trails for more details: https://galtt.ca/trailmap.html...

Rollo McClay Community Park

From the Regional District of Nanaimo: “The Rollo McClay Community Park was created in 1990 as part of a residential subdivision (Plan No. VIP51655). The park was operated and maintained by Gabriola Island residents until the Regional District acquired the park...

Huxley Community Park

From the Regional District of Nanaimo: Park Location Huxley Community Park is located within Gabriola’s village core on North Road between the Folklife Village shopping centre and The Commons, across the street from the Gabriola Professional Centre. Park...

Coats Marsh Regional Park

From the Regional District of Nanaimo: “In 2008, a long-time Gabriola landowner used the federal eco-gift tax program to help The Nature Trust of BC and the RDN acquire and protect 44 ha of environmentally sensitive wetlands and forest. Coats Marsh Regional Park...

707 Community Park

From the Regional District of Nanaimo: “The 707 Community Park (707CP) is centrally located within the western half of Gabriola island, approximately 2km southeast of the ferry terminal. This 707 acre (286 hectare) park is currently the second largest park in...

Drumbeg Provincial Park

From BC Parks: “One of three provincial parks on Gabriola Island, Drumbeg is a favourite spot for diving, hiking, nature viewing and picnicking. Overlooking scenic Gabriola Passage on the east end of the Island, Drumbeg offers excellent views of the Strait of...

Gabriola Sands Provincial Park

From BC Parks: “Picturesque Gabriola Sands, one of three provincial parks on Gabriola Island, features two sandy beaches and large manicured grassy lawns. This small day-use only park is a very popular local destination for swimming, picnicking, organized...

Sandwell Provincial Park

From BC Parks: “Sandwell Provincial Park, with its long sandy beach and views of the Strait of Georgia, is a favourite destination for residents and visitors to Gabriola Island. One of three provincial parks on Gabriola Island, Sandwell offers a short walking...