Holland Creek Trail, in Ladysmith, BC, has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Today I finally hiked its 6.6 km loop. It did not disappoint.
The trail is rated as ‘moderate.’ More accurately, it provides something for everyone. The north side of the creek offers relatively easy walking sections. The south side is more rugged with increased elevation changes (>180 meters).
Charming bridges, wooden stairs, rope supports…every single corner reveals another breathtaking sight.
Simple beauties of this trail include epiphytes moss (that take their nutrients from the air and rain and do not harm the trees they grow on).
Subtle gems are everywhere, like this sword fern. In BC, this fern is predominantly a coastal species. Its fronds can grow up to 1.5 meters high.
Much more dramatic sights include the running creeks, collier dam, and stunning waterfalls. There is incredible natural (as well as man-made) history to be found here. The area surrounding the trail is rich with wildlife, including spawning salmon, bears and cougars. Other than a lonely snake, our hike today offered no such viewings (sigh with relief or disappointment–you choose)!
For me, the absolute best part of this trail was hiking it with these amazing ladies.
All Trails suggests that this loop can be completed in 1.5 hours. It took us 3 hours because…well, you know…bloggers need to stop to take multiple photos, and we each had lots to say!
Let there be cake!! Another trail perk was that it began and ended at my favourite coffee shop that was less than a 4-minute drive away.
I am linking this post to Breezesatdawn Walktober. There’s still time to join in if you have a favourite walk that you would like to share. If you have a chance, why not invite a friend to walk with you. It just might increase your enjoyment 100 fold. It definitely did for me!