Drumbeg Provincial Park is one of three provincial parks on Gabriola Island, situated at the east end of the island overlooking Gabriola Passage.
The park is a favourite spot for swimming, fishing, picnicking and sunbathing. Shelving sandstone ledges pockmark the shoreline and enclose the small sandy beach.
Drumbeg Park protects endangered Garry oak ecosystems, undeveloped Douglas fir forest landscapes and a diverse marine zone. Species such as Bald eagles, Great Blue herons, harbour seals and American oystercatchers can be spotted here, along with a number of intertidal creatures.
Gabriola Passage, the small passage between the Strait of Georgia and the Gulf Islands is very popular with recreational boaters. Divers can dive from shore at the 20-hectare Drumbeg Park or do a boat dive on Rogers Reef, whilst remaining out of the treacherous current that can run at 8 knots through Gabriola Passage. Diving in the passage is for experienced divers only – near slack tide, on the ebb.
A grassy park, pit toilets, picnic tables, hiking trails and an information shelter are all provided.
Beautiful Gabriola Island offers excellent opportunities for kayaking, diving, golfing, hiking, beachcombing and wildlife viewing. To the south of Drumbeg Park is Valdes Island, less than 250 metres across tricky Gabriola Passage.
From Nanaimo, Vancouver Island’s second largest city, take the 20-minute ferry trip to Descanso Bay on Gabriola Island. Follow either North Road or South Road to the east to reach Drumbeg Provincial Park.
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