- The final portion of the trail to the beach is very steep and slippery. Visitors should use caution and wear proper footwear.
Sandwell Provincial Park
About This Park
Sandwell Provincial Park, with its long sandy beach and views of the Strait of Georgia, is a favourite destination for residents and visitors to Gabriola Island. One of three provincial parks on Gabriola Island, Sandwell offers a short walking trail through the woods leading to a picnic area overlooking the sandy shores of Lock Bay. This is a lovely place to spend a peaceful afternoon relaxing on the beach or taking a refreshing dip in the ocean waters.
At low tide, visitors can walk down the beach to view a prehistoric petroglyph carved into the sandstone rocks, east of the day-use area. This site is only accessible at low tide.
Location and Maps
Nature and Culture
- History/Conservation: Sandwell Park was established in 1988 to protect the archeological sites, including a petroglyph and shell middens, and their setting. The sandy beach ecosystem includes threatenedcommunities such as those found in the back dunes.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Activities Available at this Park
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.
The park does not have a boat launch. The nearest boat launch is located at Silva Bay on Gabriola, approximately 5 km from the park.