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Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

Picnic areas

A picnic area overlooking the sandy beach at Lock Bay is located approximately 800 metres from the parking lot. Facilities include two picnic tables, pit toilets and an information shelter.

Pit or flush toilets

This park has two pit toilets, located at the day-use and picnic area next to the beach at Lock Bay.

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An 800 meter walking trail leads from the parking lot to the day-use and picnic area on the beach at Lock Bay. The final portion of the trail to the beach is very steep and slippery. Visitors should use caution and wear proper footwear.


There is no designated swimming area at this park however the sandy beach at Lock Bay is a nice spot for ocean swimming. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.


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.

Wildlife viewing
The beach offers lovely views of the Strait of Georgia. A prehistoric petroglyph is located east along the beach from the picnic area and is accessible during low tide.
Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash and under control all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Pets and domestic animals are not allowed in beach areas.


Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Sandwell Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.