Gibsons Seawalk - Town of Gibsons

The Seawalk follows the coastline, revealing the marine atmosphere of Gibsons.Boats are constantly coming and going as people walk the picturesque pierabove the trail. This trail is a great way to get a sense of the community andthe active coastline, populated with sea birds and seals.

The Gibsons Seawalk is considered low gradient and is suitable for people with mobility issues.

Did you know? The Seawalk was made possible by the installation of infrastructure along the foreshore. A main sewer trunk line lies under the pathway

Getting there: There are access points along Marine Drive. and Gower Point Road in Gibsons, including Armours Beach, Winegarden Park, and Gibsons Marina. There are also stairs down from Gibsons Landing at the bottom of School Road.

Amenities: Seasonal washrooms at Armours Beach and Winegarden Park. Year-round washrooms are available at the government dock. Access to food outlets, a government wharf, and public market.

Trail Length: 1.2 kilometres of paved and compacted gravel walkway.

Estimated Time: 45 minutes. 3 hours if you stop for fish & chips.

Parking: Parking available at the parks and on nearby streets.The Gibsons seawalk stretches along the Town’s waterfront from the Gibsons Public Market to Armours Beach.

What is that orangey/rust-coloured slime?

A short portion of the seawalk between Winegarden Park and School Road is often affected by runoff from a privately owned property that borders the walkway.

The runoff is a bright orangey-brown colour, due to a type of non-harmful bacteria that takes iron dissolved in groundwater and oxidizes it (a chemical reaction similar to forming rust). The oxidation prevents iron from dissolving in the water and produces either an orangey slime and/or an oily sheen, which can be observed along the fence line of the property.

In spring 2022, the Town filed a report on the runoff with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, which oversees all environmental matters in BC. In June 2022, the Ministry confirmed that the site where the runoff is originating is in compliance with applicable provincial regulations.

Town staff are working with the property owner to address the on-site drainage, as this is governed by Town bylaws.