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.

Elder Cedar (S’ul-hween X’pey) Nature Reserve


Beaches and Parks


The Elder Cedar Reserve includes both young and mature forest, including the last remaining stand of old-growth trees on Gabriola. There are wetlands scattered throughout, several small streams, and high biodiversity, including some rare species. Please stay on the trail and refrain from using bikes, horses, or all-terrain vehicles in the reserve - added compaction of the soil can damage the sensitive root structures of old growth trees and erosion along banks of the streambeds, even during the dry season, can damage this watershed.

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