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Roberts Memorial Provincial Park
About This ParkPeaceful Roberts Memorial Provincial Park near Nanaimo on south Vancouver Island offers a small day-use area on the beach overlooking scenic Stewart Channel – an ideal spot for a quiet afternoon picnic.
An easy 1-kilometer trail through mature forest leads to the rocky beach, which offers good opportunities for wildlife viewing. From here, visitors can often see Steller’s and California sea lions, who haul out to bask in the sun on the park’s unique sandstone ledges during the summer months. Great Blue herons, Bald eagles and a variety of seabirds can also be spotted in the park, which was donated to the province by May Vaughan Roberts in memory of her husband and daughter.
Special Features: The park contains unique sandstone ledges. These ledges are part of the geological heritage of Vancouver Island and represent ancient sea beds. The ledges serve as a haul-out location for sea lions, which can often be spotted basking in the sun in this area.
Park Size: 14 hectares
- Lock all vehicles and remove valuables.
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 Culture
- History: Established in 1980, this park was donated by May Vaughan Roberts in memory of her husband and daughter. A shell midden on the beach demarcates the site of First Nations harvesting of the rich intertidal life.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 256.66KB] for Roberts Memorial Provincial Park is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Salmon fishing from the rocks is a popular activity at this park. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
An easy 1 km trail from the parking lot leads to a small picnic area on the beach overlooking scenic Stewart Channel. This trail travels through second-growth Douglas fir. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
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.
There is no viewing platform but the rocky beach provides good opportunities for wildlife viewing. Visitors can often see Steller’s and California sea lions, who haul out on the sandstone ledges in the park during the summer months. Great Blue herons, Bald eagles and a variety of seabirds can also be spotted from the park.
Facilities Available at this Park
An easy 1-km trail from the parking lot leads to a small picnic area on the beach overlooking scenic Stewart Channel. Facilities include 2 picnic tables and pit toilets.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park has 2 pit toilets – one at beach and one at parking lot.