Request for Proposals

Park Operator for Descanso Bay Regional Park Campground

Descanso Bay Regional Park (DBRP) is a 15.8 hectare oceanfront property, located on Taylor Bay Road one kilometre from Gabriola Island's Descanso Bay Ferry Terminal. The Park features a 32-site, wooded campground, day use area with car-top boat launch, trails, garage and gatehouse. The property is serviced by BC Hydro and telephone, and an upgraded park treated drinking water supply system (2012).

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.


  1. 3 complete hard copies plus 1 electronic (CD) copy prepared in .pdf format. Submissions must be received before 15:00:00 hours PST on 14 March 2017.
  2. A mandatory site visit is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, 23 February 2017.

Closing Location:

Regional District of Nanaimo
Recreation and Parks Department
Oceanside Place
830 W. Island Highway
Parksville, B.C. V9P 2X4

Contact Person:

Elaine McCulloch, RDN Parks Planner
(250) 248-3252 or 1-888-828-2069