In response to COVID-19 the stairs at Goose Spit are open to one way/uphill use only. Stair users can circle back to the park via Yates Road and Hawkins Greenway forming an 820 metre loop.
To support the efforts to contain COVID-19 and encourage social distancing, beach fire programs at Goose Spit Park and the Little River ferry terminal will be suspended until further notice. The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Parks Department is asking visitors not to light beach fires and reminds users that it is unlawful to have a fire outside a fire ring or fire place in all CVRD park.
Goose Spit's Indigenous name is Pelxqikw, which means “round on point.” Both sides of the spit were used by local First Nations 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 Comox Valley Regional District a licence to manage the land as a park.
Goose Spit Park is a unique landform, a flexible sand spit fed by the Willemar Bluffs that, together with Gartley Point, creates the Comox Harbour. Goose Spit Park offers excellent views to the south, east and west. On the inside is a sheltered lagoon that provides food and habitat for many migratory and resident waterfowl. Brant geese use the park as a migratory stopover from March to May every year. During those times, leashing of pets 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. Goose spit is a popular spot for kite-boarding in the fall and winter seasons. In the summer many people enjoy paddling and swimming on the beaches.
- 10 Hawkins Road, east of Comox town boundary
- Lazo North (Electoral Area B)
- Leashing of pets is required between March 1 and May 20, which gives migrating Brant geese a chance to rest and eat within the park
- Do not remove driftwood as it helps to hold sand in place and promote plant growth
- Do not remove rocks or sand
- Two portals to the top of the dunes overlooking the water are wheelchair accessible, as well as one fire ring close to HMCS Quadra
- Note, the mats that make the last ring accessible are available May through September