Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF 79KB].
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Visitor Information

Visitors should use caution when swimming in the ocean at this park, as riptides and currents can be dangerous.

Interpretive signage is located at the information shelter in the day-use areas.  This signage was donated by the Heartland Conservancy Group and the Gabriola Theatre Club, and offers information about the Garry Oak ecosystem and marine life in the park.

Park Contact This park proudly operated by:
R.L.C. Enterprize Ltd.
E-mail address: office@rlcparks.ca
Phone: (250) 474-1336

Click here to view R.L.C. Enterprize Ltd’s Webpage, for more information.

Drumbeg Provincial Park

This park contains a plant called Giant Hogweed. Touching any part of this plant, followed by exposure to sunlight produces painful blisters or burns up to 48 hours after contact. Contact with eyes can cause temporary or permanent blindness. If you do come in contact with the plant, you are advised to wash the affected areas immediately, keep them out of direct sunlight and seek medical advice.

Giant Hogweed is originally from Asia and was introduced as a garden ornamental plant. It grows to 5-7 metres (15-20 feet) and a width of 1.7 metres (5 feet). The thick, hollow stems have reddish-purple spots and bristles. The large leaves are similar to shape to maple leaves, with hairs on the undersurface.

About This Park

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 Georgia and the Coast Mountains on the Mainland. The park contains a kilometre long sand and pebble beach with striking sandstone and conglomerate rock formations, which can be seen at low tide.

Drumbeg Park protects endangered Garry oak ecosystems, undeveloped Douglas fir forest landscapes and a diverse marine zone. Species such as Bald eagles, Great Blue herons, harbour seals and American oystercatchers can be spotted here, along with a number of intertidal creatures. Underwater enthusiasts can dive from the shores of the park, or head out to Rogers reef by boat and still stay out of the strong currents that run through Gabriola Passage.

Facilities at this day-use only park include a grassy field, pit toilets, picnic tables, hiking trails and an information shelter.

Park Size: 20 hectares
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Drumbeg Provincial Park is located at the south end of Gabriola Island, in the Gulf Islands off southern Vancouver Island. Access to Gabriola is via BC Ferries from Nanaimo, a 20-minute ferry ride. From the ferry terminal on Gabriola, take South Road to Stalker Road and follow signs to the park. Drumbeg Provincial Park is also accessible by boat, with very limited anchorage. The park is situated in the middle of a very busy passage. Boaters can reference marine chart #3475 for more information on this area.
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Nature and Culture

  • History / Cultural Heritage: An extensive First Nations midden runs along the shoreline, evidence of past use by the Snuneymuxw and Lyakson First Nations. The park, established in 1971, is named for the Scottish home of the land’s former owner, Neil Stalker.
  • Conservation: Drumbeg Park protects Garry oak ecosystems, undeveloped Douglas fir forest landscapes and a diverse marine environment. Species such as Bald eagles, Great Blue Herons, harbour seals and American oystercatchers can be found along the shoreline. The parks foreshore protects salt water marine values in fast moving Gabriola Passage (Rock fish rearing, extensive eel grass, over 230 species of algae, sponges, mollusks, sea starts, crustaceans, worms, fish and marine mammals). Garry oak ecosystems are among the most endangered in Canada and only occur on southeastern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
  • General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • Approved Master Plan [PDF 2.34MB] for Drumbeg Provincial Park and Gabriola Sands Provincial Parks
    is available in pdf format.
    DISCLAIMER:
    This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
  • See also: Gabriola Sands Provincial Park
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

This park is near popular salmon fishing areas in the Strait of Georgia. Rockfish Conservation Areas occur within this park. Fishing activities are limited in Rockfish Conservation Areas. Before you go fishing please refer to the Rockfish Conservation Area descriptions available from Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

Drumbeg Provincial Park contains approximately 2 km of easy, well-maintained walking/hiking trails, which meander along the shoreline and through Garry oaks and open meadows. These trails are accessible from the day-use area.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Swimming

Swimming

There is no designated swimming area at this park. Visitors should use caution when swimming in the ocean at this park, as riptides and currents can be dangerous. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Drumbeg Park offers excellent views of Gabriola Passage, the Strait of Georgia and surrounding Gulf Islands. Visitors might catch glimpses of whales, seals, sea lions, Bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl in this area.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

Drumbeg Park has a day-use/picnic area with picnic tables, pit toilets, view benches, an information shelter and a parking lot.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit toilets are located adjacent to the day-use area.