Goose Spit Park

Features
Beach, Off leash trails, Picnic area, Rare plants, Scenic views, Swimming, Wildlife viewing
Amenities
Benches, Dog bag dispenser, Garbage bins, Interpretive Signage, Parking lot, Picnic tables, Porta potties, Wheelchair facilities

Fires Not Permitted:

Beach fires at Goose Spit Park and the Little River ferry terminal are no longer allowed. The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) asks visitors not to light beach fires as it is unlawful to have a fire outside a fire ring or fire place in any CVRD park.

Discover free, fun games and activities in the Live 5-2-1-0 Playbox located near the toilets. Families can access the playbox anytime during park hours. The box will have a lock, but the code to unlock the fun is 5210. Inside the box they will find instructions for many games, and equipment to play those games – or to make up their own activities with. It’s fun, free and social. These items are borrowed on the honour system and are to be returned to the play box after individuals are done playing with them. Enjoy!

History

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.

Background

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

Stair count from Goose Spit to Mulholland Drive via Nob Hill

Park Etiquette

  • 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

Accessibility

  • Two portals to the top of the dunes overlooking the water are wheelchair accessible
  • Mats located close to HMCS Quadra make the last park portal accessible May through September