Descanso Bay Regional Park

Descanso Bay Regional Park

Camp by the sea all year round at Descanso Bay Regional Park on scenic Gabriola Island. The 40-acre oceanfront park provides many delights for kayakers, picnickers, campers, hikers, and swimmers. The Park is located only a short distance from the ferry terminal and village center and is an ideal location for discovering all Gabriola has to offer. The family-oriented campground offers private, wooded sites and is easily accessible by vehicle, foot, bike, or kayak. Wander or bike along an established network of trails through the majestic forest setting of Cox Community Park located next door and explore the unique sandstone ocean shoreline in your own kayak or rent one at the park

How to get there

Take a BC Ferry from downtown Nanaimo to Gabriola; when you get off the ferry take your first left onto Taylor Bay Rd and follow the signs to Descanso Bay Regional Park (approximately 1.5 kms). See Location Map for directions.

Campground Reservations

Camping is available year-round at this park. Campsites can be reserved between May 1 and September 30 and are on a first-come, first served basis for the rest of the year. Reservations for campsites can be made up to four (4) months in advance and up to two (2) days prior to your arrival date.

Things To Do

Camping, Kayak/standup paddle board rentals, hiking & biking, pets on leash.

Things to know

Park Planning

Park Location