Continuing on with our #30hikesin30days challenge, here is a snapshot of Day 2. This was actually a hike and a separate walk, back to back.
Walk 1: Enos Lake, Nanoose Bay, BC
Distance: 8.37 km
Walking Time: 2 hrs
Walk 2: Parksville Downtown Loop (to and from our home)
Distance: 5.82 km
Walking Time: 1.25 hours
Total Distance Walked: 14.19 km
Enos Lake Trail, Nanoose Bay, BC
Enos Lake is a part of a series of trails privately owned by the Fairwinds Community. Use of the trails is open to the general public. Fishing and swimming are not allowed. Enos Lake is home to the rare and endangered Enos Lake Stickleback. Adjoining Fairwind trails include Enos Creek Loop, Enos Connector, Meadow Loop, Shallow Trail, Enchanted Forest, Andover Road Loop, Fox Run, Dolphin Lake Loop, Dave’s Lookout, Bonnington Connector, Fairwinds Connector and Notch Hill.
Enos Lake Loop is rated as moderate. As seen on the map above, there are a few sharp inclines and descents. Although Richard would not be caught dead with hiking poles, I would not explore this loop without them.
These interconnecting paths boast picturesque lake views, ponds, meadows, wildflowers and rocky bluffs. They are home to numerous songbirds and wildlife. While we were there, another couple were out to try to catch their daily glimpse of one of the resident owls.
Although there are maps posted throughout the park, trail markers are limited. For the first time visitor, using an app like Alltrails, and snapping a photo of the entrance map as a backup, are highly recommended. Also, as this is a common hike for locals, asking a fellow hiker for directions when unsure is often your best bet.
We chose this shorter hike, as Richard and I had a Saturday morning date with our daughter-in-law and grandson in downtown Parksville. We left the trail, ditched our car (and hiking gear) at home, and added another 5.82 to our walk by arriving to our date on foot. Being reunited with this smiling face was totally worth the extra distance!
Due to golf (you know whose), tomorrow will be another short and popular Parksville hike. Can you guess which one?