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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Park Contact

This park proudly operated by:
K2 Park Services Ltd.
1 877 559-2115
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Wakes Cove Provincial Park

About This Park

Wakes Cove Provincial Park The park supplies sheltered anchorage in the north-central Gulf Islands and offers rustic hiking trails, picnicking, wildlife viewing.

There is no camping in the park. Visitors wishing to visit the park must be aware of park boundaries and keep off the private property, adjacent to the park.

Established Date: June 21, 2002

Park Size: 205 hectares (132ha of upland and 73ha of foreshore)

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. Wakes Cove is located on the northeast corner of Valdes Island, south of Gabriola Island and southeast of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Access to the park is by boat only and is situated next to Gabriola Passage. Boaters can reference marine chart #3475 for more information on this area. Nearby communities include: Gabriola Island and Nanaimo.

Nature and Culture

  • History: This park, established in June of 2002, provides protection for second-growth and some old-growth Douglas fir forest and an extensive marine foreshore component. Bald eagles, minks, otters and harbour seals are commonly sighted in the park.

    The Marine Parks Forever Society donated monies toward the purchase of this property. The Society received donations from the recreational boating community that were used to assist in purchasing 73 hectares of Crown foreshore on Valdes Island.
  • Wildlife: General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information

Management Planning

Activities Available at this Park



This park can be accessed by kayak or small boat.


This park is near popular salmon fishing areas in the Strait of Georgia. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations.
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 site (DFO).
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.


Visitors may use the old roads in the park for hiking. Please be aware of the park boundary and do not enter adjacent private properties.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Wakes Cove Provincial Park offers excellent views of Gabriola Passage, the Strait of Georgia and the Sunshine Coast. Whales, seals, sea lions and a variety of other marine life and birds can be seen in and around the park.