Gabriola Sands Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Event – Gabriola Historical and Museum Society at Gabriola Sands Provincial Park – September 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM
In 1792, the Spanish schooners Sutil and Mexicana, under the command of Dionisio Galiano and Cayetano Valdes, dropped anchor in Pilot Bay and rowed ashore near Twin Beaches, today’s Gabriola Sands Provincial Park where they were met by local Snuneymuxw people.
As well as being the first Europeans to land on Gabriola, Spaniards charted the island’s coastlines naming the easternmost point of the island Punta de Gaviola. Nearly a century later, British mapmakers mistakenly transcribed the name as Gabriola and applied it to the entire island. And that is how Gabriola got its name.
On September 05, the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society will unveil a plaque at Gabriola Sands Park to mark this important historic site. The new historic panel at Gabriola Sands Park was produced with the support of the Province of British Columbia and Canada 150.
Members of the public are invited to attend if in the area at the time of the unveiling. The event will occur at 11am.
About This Park
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.
Established Date: June 28, 1960
Park Size: 6 hectares (2 hectares of upland and 4 hectares of foreshore)
- 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 Maps
Nature and Culture
- Management 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