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Gabriola Sands Provincial Park
About This ParkPicturesque 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 sporting activities and special events, including an annual fireworks display on Halloween.
The park’s two sandy beaches form an isthmus that divides Taylor Bay and Pilot Bay. This isthmus and sandy beach are relatively uncommon in the rocky Gulf Islands, and provide important ecosystems for migratory and breeding shorebirds and many marine invertebrates that live in the sand.
Visitors to Gabriola Island will not want to miss a stop at pretty Gabriola Sands park – an ideal place to relax and enjoy a picnic or swim on a hot summer day.
Park Size: 6 hectares
- Please bring your own drinking water as there is no potable water available at the park.
- The park does not have a boat launch. The nearest boat launch is located at Silva Bay Marina on Gabriola Island.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and CultureGeneral Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Master Plan [PDF 2.34MB] for Drumbeg Provincial Park and Gabriola Sands Provincial Parks
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: Drumbeg Provincial Park
Activities Available at this Park
There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
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.
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.
Designated swimming areas can be found Taylor Bay and Pilot Bay. The lovely sandy beaches and shallow water make for excellent salt water swimming. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
Gabriola Sands Park has a day-use/picnic area with picnic tables, pit toilets, a cold water hand pump (water must be boiled, filtered or treated prior to consumption), two sandy beaches, a parking lot and a playing field.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park has 2 pit toilets - one on Taylor Bay beach and the other on Pilot Bay beach.
Pit toilets in the park are wheelchair accessible.