Features: 
Beach, Benches, Garbage bins, Off leash pets, Parking lots, Picnic tables, Porta potties, Scenic views, Signs, Wildlife viewing

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. 

Location

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

Goose Spit Park Map

Goose Spit Park Walking Routes

Features

  • Size: 21 ha (52 acres), includes water portions of park as well as upland
  • Open 5 am to 11 pm
  • Waterfront with rock and sandy shoreline and plenty of beach logs
  • Wildlife viewing (deer, otters, mink, Brant geese, eagles, herons, ducks, loons, starfish, jellyfish, sand dollars, crabs, fish, seals and sea lions)
  • Scenic views
  • 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
  • Port-a-potties
  • Three dog bag dispensers
  • Garbage bins
  • 10 fire rings May 1 to Labour Day including one accessible fire pit on the beach, provided there is no fire ban in effect
  • Firewood for $5/bundle available after 2:30 pm, from May 1 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)

Park Etiquette

Pets
  • 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
Beach Fire Etiquette
  • Beach fires at Goose Spit are 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
  • Fires must be completely extinguished with water (not covered with sand or other material) by 11 pm
  • For more information visit our beach fires page

Accessibility

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

History

Goose Spit's native 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.