Recreations on Gabriola

Come Play on Gabriola

Take a winding trail through dense forest, find yourself in a sea of wildflowers, breathe in the ocean air, discover the beauty of a sunset paddle, dance under the stars. The island is a natural playground for the whole family.

Beaches & Parks


Gabriola Island has more public beach access points than any other Gulf Island. No two beaches are the same!

Look for the “Public Access” yellow concrete blocks for beach access points around the island to find the beach closest to you.

Parks and Trails

Gabriola is home to three spectacular provincial parks and dozens of regional and community parks. Find out more about our vast network of trails from Gabriola Land and Trails Trust.

Outdoor Recreation

Enjoy the great outdoors 365 days a year! If you’re lucky, you may find yourself paddling with dolphins and orcas!

Walking, Hiking, Cycling, Paddling, Golfing. With 98 kilometres of coastline and over 170 kilometres of trails, exploring and playing outside is a natural choice.

Indoor Recreation

Gabriola is home to a thriving conscious living community!

For those days you want to stay inside, enticing activities await in the studios, homes, businesses and facilities of the island.

Find activities to strengthen your body, mind and spirit connection here.

Descanso Bay Campground




From Descanso Bay's website: '?Descanso Bay Regional Park is located on 40 acres of oceanfront property on charming Gabriola Island.  Located only a short walk from the ferry terminal and village center the park is in an ideal location for discovering all Gabriola has to offer.  The campground accommodates trucks and trailers, motor homes and tents and is easily accessed by foot, bike or kayak. This Regional Park is also adjacent to Cox Community Park which has an established network of trails through a majestic forest setting. With three private bays and a small boat launch area, explore the unique sandstone shoreline in your own kayak or in one of our rentals!'


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