Peaceful Roberts Memorial Provincial Park near Nanaimo on south Vancouver Island offers a small day-use area on the beach overlooking scenic Stewart Channel – an ideal spot for a quiet afternoon picnic. An easy 1-kilometer trail through mature forest leads to the rocky beach, which offers good opportunities for wildlife viewing. From here, visitors can often see Steller’s and California sea lions, who haul out to bask in the sun on the park’s unique sandstone ledges during the summer months. Great Blue herons, Bald eagles and a variety of seabirds can also be spotted in the park, which was donated to the province by May Vaughan Roberts in memory of her husband and daughter. Special Features: The park contains unique sandstone ledges. These ledges are part of the geological heritage of Vancouver Island and represent ancient sea beds. The ledges serve as a haul-out location for sea lions, which can often be spotted basking in the sun in this area.