Still missing our Camino summer hiking, Richard and I toyed with different hikes that we could do closer to home. We finally decided to go with a ’30 Hikes in 30 Days Challenge’ (which we didn’t realize was an actual challenge until after I had written this post)! We have placed our focus on Central Vancouver Island…and possibly surrounding areas. To keep this goal doable (read here: so that Richard can continue to golf), we agreed to vary the lengths and locations of our walks. To start out strong, we decided upon an 18km hike that would begin at our front doorstep and lead to one of our favourite provincial parks.
Trail: Englishman River Falls Provincial Park (ERFPP), Parksville, BC.
Distance: 18.27 km/11.35 mi (26,864 steps)
Time: 4 hours
For this hike, we began by crossing through Shelley Creek Park, took the railway tracks to Top Bridge, and then meandered on several of the ERFPP trails, including Allsbrook, Coho, Clay Banks, Steelhead, Channel and Chinook. Our full hike looked something like this:
The astute eye might notice that our hike appears to end at a different spot than it started. That’s deceptive. This was our first time using Alltrails to attempt to map our route. The mapping is pretty close, but not exactly perfect. Hopefully, we’ll become better cartographers as we go along.
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
This provincial park includes two waterfalls set amidst an old-growth forest and second-growth forest of cedar, hemlock, douglas fir and maple. There are numerous entry points, and several smaller loop trails, accommodating hikes of varying lengths and timeframes. The signage is good, especially in the central areas.
Despite Richard complaining that we saw no wildlife, the hiking was easy, and the views were stunning. We ate our lunch (standing) on a floating wooden platform. Absolutely soul-soothing.
Tomorrow and Sunday will be shorter hikes as we will also be fitting in a visit with our grandson, and of course, golf for Richard. I hope that you will stay tuned.
If you have any favourite hikes on Central Vancouver Island, please feel free to suggest them. We’d be happy to give them a try. And, if you feel inspired, why not hike along? #30hikesin30days.