Orlebar Point is a sightseeing and recreation destination located on the northern tip of Gabriola Island on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Just off the tip of Orlebar Point is Entrance Island. Located on Entrance Island is a lighthouse and some coast guard buildings. In the distance visitors can see the Coast Mountains on a clear day.
The lighthouse, since 1876, has warned ships from crashing into the island's jagged reefs and shallow waters. In September 2009 the lighthouse was decommissioned - meaning it is no longer a staffed lighthouse.
On the grounds of Orlebar Point are a few viewing benches and a day use area. In the day use area are a few picnic tables. When exploring on the point beware that the rocky shoreline can be very slippery. It is also good to note that the point can get very windy so bring adequate clothes.
Orlebar Point is also a good wildlife and birdwatching location. From the viewing benches birding includes sea birds and predator birds like eagles, sea gulls and herons. Out in the ocean sometimes viewing includes seals and whales.
There is an 4 kilometre one way hiking route that connects Orlebar Point with Gabriola Sands Provincial Parks. From Orlebar Point the hiking route follows a rocky shoreline, swinging behind a cliff, before navigating sandstone rocks to Gabriola Sands Provincial Park. The hike should be enjoyed at low tides.
Scuba diving is also enjoyed off the point. The shallow waters and island reefs attract many divers to the region. However currents can be swift. Prepare well with tide tables.
Orlebar Point, Gabriola Island, Gulf Islands, BC, Canada
How To Get To: Orlebar PointFrom the BC Ferry Terminal on Gabriola Island turn left on Taylor Bay Road. Continue traveling on Taylor Bay Road to Berry Point Road. Follow the road to the point.