The park functioned as a campground for many years prior to the RDN acquiring it as a Regional Park in 2002 and is the only public campground on Gabriola Island. The park provides alternative accommodation for visitors to Gabriola Island, a popular Gulf Island tourist destination. The car top boat launch is well used by locals and visitors to provide marine access to Malaspina Galleries and provides a link to the BC Marine Trail Network for kayakers paddling around the southern Gulf Islands. The park's trail system features a waterfront trail which provides access to two popular swimming and oyster beaches, other park trails connect with the extensive trail network in the adjacent Cox Community Park.
The RDN seeks a qualified and motivated contractor able to operate and manage Descanso Bay Regional Park for the five-year period April 1, 2017 to December 31, 2021.
Regional District of Nanaimo
Recreation and Parks Department
830 W. Island Highway
Parksville, B.C. V9P 2X4
Elaine McCulloch, RDN Parks Planner
(250) 248-3252 or 1-888-828-2069