Goose Spit Park

Park Features

  • open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • waterfront with rock and sandy shoreline and plenty of beach logs
  • wildlife viewing
  • scenic views
  • leashing optional for pets (except for certain times of year - please see Park Etiquette for details)
  • beach fires: permitted May 1 to Labour Day
  • three parking lots with some additional roadside parking
  • three accessible parking stalls
  • two wheelchair accessible portals and a wheelchair accessible entrance area
  • five interpretive signs
  • four picnic tables and three benches
  • porta-potties
  • 3 dog bag dispensers
  • garbage bins
  • ten fire rings May 1 to Labour Day
  • firewood for $5/bundle available after 2:30 p.m. until Labour Day
  • park steward offering interpretive tours April to October
  • links to walking trails along Hawkins Road (Hawkins Greenway) and a stepped path up to Yates Road and from there to Moore Road (Goose Spit Greenway)

Trail Map

Park Etiquette

Pets

Leashing of Pets is required between March 1 and May 20 to help give migrating Brant geese a chance to rest and eat within the park.

Beach fires

  • permitted only in the metal fire rings provided within the park
  • burn dry, seasoned and untreated firewood, bring a bucket to fully extinguish the fire with water and leave a clean and tidy site
  • shall be completely extinguished with water and not covered with sand or other material by 11 p.m.
  • for more information visit the beach fires page

Location

  • Hawkins Road, east of Comox town boundary
    Lazo North (Area 'B')

How to Get There

Access to the park is via Hawkins Road from the intersection of Hawkins and Torrence Roads. Pedestrian access is available using the Hawkins Road Greenway or Nob Hill Greenway. 

Wildlife

Deer, otters, mink, Brant geese, eagles, herons, ducks, loons, starfish, jellyfish, sand dollars, crabs, fish, seals and sea lions.

Natural Features

The park is a unique landform, which together with Gartley Point creates the Comox Harbour.  It is a flexible sand spit fed by the Willemar Bluffs. On the inside is a sheltered lagoon which provides food and habitat for many migratory and resident waterfowl.  Brant geese use the park as a migratory stop over from March to May every year.  During those times, leasing is mandatory in the park. The park lies within the provincially rare coastal sand ecosystem and is home to a number of provincially blue and red listed plants and animals

A log wall in the high tide area helps prevent the road from being washed out during winter storms.  It also helps to trap sand and encourage vegetation to establish. The park has excellent views to the south, east, and west. 
View the Comox Valley Naturalist Society nature viewing guide.

History

Goose Spit's native name is Pelxqikw which means ‘round on point'.  Both sides of the spit were used by the natives to collect clams and cockles in spring and to fish for salmon in winter.  The park is Crown land owned by the province. Since 1971 the province has granted the regional district a licence to manage the land as a park.

Accessibility

  • Two portals to the top of the dunes overlooking the water are accessible and one fire ring close to HMCS Quadra.  
    • Note, the mats that make the last ring accessible aren’t out until the beginning of the beach fire season, May 1st.