Looking for an Island escape this summer? With its expansive sandy shores, old-growth forests, and captivating tide pools, Rathtrevor Beach Park is the ultimate getaway from the city. Central location on the Island, picnicking areas, and over 250 campsites that are all within a five-minute walk to the beach. What more could we ask for?!

At low tide, the ocean can recede up to 1 km, leaving stretches of sand, sea critters, and treasures to explore. Best of all? When the sand becomes hot and the tide rises again, the waters warm to the perfect swimming temperature! So don’t forget to pack your swimsuit for this day trip.

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Rathtrevor Beach Park
Photo via BC Parks

Better still, the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy confirmed in an email with Curiocity that the park has an accessible beach, complete with a Mobi-Mat and a recently paved day-use parking lot for greater access.

“The work included reconstructing and resurfacing some high-use and popular beach access trails along with upgrades to three critical footbridges,” a representative from the Ministry explains. “Positive feedback from the public regarding these improvements has reinstated the importance of building universally accessible facilities in our parks.”

Note that there is a current campfire ban as of June 21st, so if you’re planning to camp, be sure to bring your portable stoves or grills.

So there you have it, Vancouver. The weather is starting to warm up again, which means it’s time to plan all the beach days you can.

Rathtrevor Beach Park

Where: Central Vancouver Island

Information on Rathtrevor Beach Park is from BC Parks, and is accurate as of publication date.