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Gordon Bay Provincial Park
Gordon Bay Provincial Park is located 15 km (9 miles) west of the small community of Lake Cowichan on southern Vancouver Island.

Travelling Here
To get here you have to travel on Hwy 18 from Duncan to the small community of Lake Cowichan. From here you go on South Shore Road through the logging and retirement communities of Mesachie Lake and Honeymoon Bay. Once past Honeymoon Bay, turn onto Walton Road and travel to the day-use parking lot and picnic area adjacent to the beach along Cowichan Lake.

Park Highlights
The park highlights of Gordon Bay include the outdoor recreation found on the shores of Cowichan Lake. The day-use area has a pebble beach offering a swimming area surrounded by a log boom, a kids' play area, water-skiing, and a small trail to a point overlooking Cowichan Lake. The lake has fresh-water fishing available for anglers including cutthroat, Dolly Varden and Rainbow trout.

Campground
The campground at Gordon Bay Provincial Park contains 126 vehicle-accessible campsites, some of which are set in very tall second-growth Douglas fir trees a few of which are quite large and private. Of these 126 sites, 95 of them are reservable with the rest being available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Facilities
The facilities found at the Gordon Bay campground include well-spaced-out sites, good drinking water from taps found throughout (boiling is advised), a combination of pit and flush toilets offering two separate hot shower facilities, interpretation programs on wildlife and all the campsites feature campfire rings with firewood available at the gatehouse. For pleasure craft operators, there is a boat launch available situated in the day-use parking lot.

Point Trail
Another nice thing about the beach at Gordon Bay is the short trail that leads to a rocky point across from some small islands. The rock shelves have various private swimming areas plus offer beautiful views across Cowichan Lake. Once at the point, try floating out to the islands and go snorkelling along the eroded sandstone at water's edge.

Nearest Services at Lake Cowichan
For supplies or services plus a break from the campstove, you can travel into the community of Lake Cowichan only about 15 minutes away. Once in Lake Cowichan, there is everything ranging from a large grocery store, liquor outlet, pubs, cafés, restaurants, a gas station plus marine supplies and services. Lake Cowichan also has a very good museum located at Saywell Park open to the public displaying the heritage and history of the area.

Honeymoon Bay
For small items found at a local store, try walking or cycling on Walton Road into the small retirement community of Honeymoon Bay where you can find the Kabin General Store. Honeymoon Bay also has a small regional park along the water's edge plus a small neighbourhood coffee shop called the Coffee Mill. You can find a number of bed and breakfast facilities as well as private RV Resorts in Honeymoon Bay.

March Meadows Golf Course
There is a privately owned 9-hole golf course in Honeymoon Bay called March Meadows. Voted 'Vancouver Island's Best 9-Hole Golf Course,' March Meadows is located towards the logging village of Caycuse on South Shore Road near the entrance to the park.

Adventure Trip
If you happen to like exploring or adventure, try taking a loop trip from Gordon Bay Provincial Park along forestry roads around Cowichan Lake through the small community of Youbou located on the north side with access points to Nitinat and Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park. Just remember the road turns to gravel going west from Honeymoon Bay and contains the odd pothole and caution has to be maintained for logging trucks or heavy equipment traffic.

Campground Reservations
If you are planning to use a campground at Gordon Bay Provincial Park, reservations can be made through Discover Camping with the park managed and serviced by RLC Enterprize Ltd.

 

Cowichan Lake
Cowichan Lake

 

Pebble Beach at Gordon Bay
Pebble Beach at Gordon Bay

 

Large and Private Campground
Large and Private Campground

 

Point Trail Islands
Point Trail Islands

 

Log Boom at Beach
Log Boom at Beach

 

Douglas Fir Trees in Campground
Douglas Fir Trees in Campground

 

Point Trail Island
Point Trail Island

 

Cooking on Campfire Ring
Cooking on Campfire Ring

 
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