Run at Goose Spit Regional Park

Canada Goose Spit Regional Park

Added by Sarah Seads

Panoramic viewsMiles of sandy beach to explore165 stairs to climbSummer beach fire ringsWildlife viewingProtected inner lagoonKite boarding, swimming, kayaking and SUPingBest spot to watch both the sunrise and sunset in the Valley

For a mid week adventure that is closer to home, nothing beats a climb up the stairs at Goose Spit Regional Park. The Goose Spit stairs are a fantastic addition to the Comox Valley's urban playgrounds, beaches, trails and green spaces. There are 165 steps to the main lookout, with an additional 200 metres of steep trail climbing above, making Goose Spit the Comox Valley's stairway to heaven. The views from the top can't be beat. After only a few minutes of climbing, you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the sandy Spit, the Comox Harbour, nearby Hornby and Denman Islands, the Comox Glacier and the wild Beaufort mountain range to the west. Continue to the top of the upper trail and the views get even bigger. The higher you climb, the more 'breathtaking' the vista.

Goose Spit Regional Park is a unique land form, located at the end of Hawkins Road, just a few minutes from the main street of the town of Comox. The Spit itself is flexible and shaped by the movement of sand from Willemar Bluffs, by wind, water and currents each year. This sandy spit, together with Gartley Point, creates the Comox Harbour as well as a calm inner lagoon. This lagoon provides shelter for many migratory and resident birds and the area is home to a number of blue and red listed Provincial plants and animals.

Stair climbing is just one of many awesome things to do in this regional park. Walk the entire perimeter of the Spit and visit the Valley's 'Little Hawaii', complete with white sandy beaches and summer tiki huts. Kite board in the protection of the lagoon on the leeward side of the Spit, or take on the waves on the wild, windward side. SUP or kayak the clear blue waters around the Spit, looking for sand dollars and seals. Spend the evening with friends around one of the designated beach fire rings spinning tales of summer. Get up early and start your day off right with a beautiful beach sunrise run. Put on your rain gear and battle it out with the winds during one of the Valley's epic winter storms.

Any season, anytime, Goose Spit Regional Park is one of the best places to enjoy mother nature, right in the heart of the Comox Valley.

For more information visit the Comox Valley Regional District Parks website. Some things to keep in mind:

  • Park is open from 5am -11pm
  • Fires are only permitted in designated fire rings from May 1-Labour Day.
  • Dogs must be leashed March 1-May 20th during the Brant geese migration
  • As always, practice the 7 Leave No Trace Principles no matter where you are playing in nature.

Happy Trails!

Pack List

  • Running, walking, SUPing, kayaking, kite boarding gear - or all of the above!
  • Rain gear for winter storm watching
  • Yoga mat for sunrise or sunset sessions on the beach
  • Don't forget your camera!
  • Firewood and beach fire food for evening adventures during the summer months
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Kayaking, Kiteboarding, Photography, Running, Stand Up Paddle, Swimming, Yoga

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

11 months ago

Running or walking

Whether you are running here or just taking a nice walk on the beach its a beautiful place for a sunset or to run up the stairs. If you are visiting the valley this is a must see and do.

11 months ago

Added by Sarah Seads

I love to play in the woods and climb to the top of things! Living wild on #vanisle. Let's go on an adventure!

More Adventures Nearby

Photograph Sunrise at Pinnacles Provincial Park

Canada / Pinnacles Provincial Park

Located just west of Quesnel, Pinnacles Provincial Park is a great place to go for a short walk to a beautiful viewpoint. Park at the entrance of the park and follow the path towards the view points.

Kaila Walton
6 Saves

Hike the Helmcken Falls Rim Trail

Canada / Helmcken Falls Rim Trail

Wells Grey Provincial Park is home to an abundance of trail networks, towering mountains and rushing waterfalls. The immense Helmcken Falls is arguably the most popular and sought out of these falls.

Jordon Conway
3 Saves

Snowshoe Dog Mountain

Canada / Mt. Seymour Trailhead

A perfect way to get outside before or after work. Dog mountain is an easily accessible snowshoe trail that takes you up to the short peak from the Mt. Seymour parking lot.

Tara Stamnes
1 Saves