Explore: Wakes Cove Provincial Park

Wakes Cove Provincial Park provides a place for you to escape your worries – anchor your boat and spend the day exploring this gem in the ocean.


Wakes Cove Provincial Park is situated on the northeast corner of Valdes Island – south of Gabriola Island and southeast of Nanaimo.


Getting into this park can only be done by boat, with access next to Gabriola Passage. Boaters should reference marine chart #3475 for more information.


Park size

Wakes Cove Provincial Park is 205 hectares in size, with 132 hectares of that upland and 73 hectares of foreshore.

About this park

Wakes Cove Provincial Park offers sheltered anchorage, leading to rustic hiking trails, picnic areas and a myriad of wildlife viewing opportunities. The park was established in June 2002, and the Marine Parks Forever Society donated money to purchase the 73 hectares of foreshore from the Crown.

Wildlife in the area

With stunning views of Gabriola Passage, you’ll see wide variety of wildlife here – whales, seals, sea lions, bald eagles, minks, otters, harbour seals and other marine life and birds.


Why you should go

Accessible by kayak or small boat, this park is an ideal location to spend a day away. Go hiking, have a picnic and take part in some amazing fishing opportunities before paddling home again. This is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Notable information

There is no camping available here. Visitors should be aware of adjacent private property and steer clear.

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