Gabriola Sands Provincial Park

Gabriola Sands Provincial Park near Nanaimo, BC

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Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Hiking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Nanaimo, BC
User katherinebickford
NTS Map:92F1. Gabriola Sands Provincial Park is one of three provincial parks on Gabriola Island. The 6 hectare park features two sandy beaches and large grassy fields.

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.

The beaches on Pilot Bay and Tayler Bay are ideal launching points for canoeing or kayaking Fairway Channel and Northumberland Straight.

From Pilot Bay, you can head east to Clark Bay and round Orlebar Point to head into Leboeuf Bay and Sandwell Provincial Park on Lock Bay (4.9 kilometres one way). The lighthouse on Entrance Island Light is an interesting side trip.

From Taylor Bay, heading west past Malaspina Point gives you the option of heading to Newcastle and Protection Islands (4.5 kilometres one way), Cable Bay, Joan Point and Mudge Island (10 kilometres one way). If you head to Mudge Island, beware of the strong currents in Dodd Narrows, between Joan Point and Purvis Point.

There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.


BC Ferries from Nanaimo. From the Gabriola ferry terminal, turn left on Taylor Bay Road and follow it until you see signs for Gabriola Sands Provincial Park, located on Decourcy Drive.

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By gabrioladudePosted By: gabrioladude  - Thu Dec 11 08:53:11 UTC 2003 Not Rated Comment the park you appear to be describing is Twin Beaches not Gabriola sands. Gabriola Sands is a "walk in" park and is in fact not accessible for kayak launching at the park. There is a "put in" where you can launch on the road going to the park (called The Strand)

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