Temporary Delays and Road Closures at Goose Spit June 22 - 25
The Comox Valley Regional District will be repairing potholes on Hawkins Road in and around Goose Spit Park from June 22 to June 25, 2020 between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. Expect single lane closures with flaggers directing traffic for most repair areas. During periods when the road is closed in both directions, traffic will be detoured through the parking area in the middle of the park.
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.
Beach Fire Ban
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 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)
- 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
- 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)
- 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
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.