Trail: Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Total Distance Hiked: 10 km (5.78 Trail + 4.25 Walking Home)
Time: 2 hrs 6 m walking time (app), 2 hr 30 min total time (watch)
Difficulty: Very Easy
The Challenge Continues
When embarking on a hiking challenge with a partner, it’s imperative to have a teammate with a ‘can do’ spirit (or at least an “okay, but first you make the coffee” attitude). I’m grateful that the latter describes Richard perfectly. He had previously arranged an out-of-town golf game for today, which means he would need to leave home at 9 am sharp and not return until evening. For some, this would mean a wrinkle in their hiking challenge. For us, it simply meant an early start…and me definitely making the coffee!
We arrived at Rathtrevor Provincial Park (very close to our home) by 6:30 am. Although I’ve been to this trail numerous times, I’ve never been there quite so early. The serene morning views were absolutely stunning, and our stroll invigorating. We had completed our 5.7km/3.5 mi loop by 8:15 am. Once again, the following map is not perfect (our loop was a bit longer and extended to the beginning of Craig Bay), but you get the idea.
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is a very popular walking spot for locals and tourists alike. It is a flat, incredibly scenic area, that easily lends itself to a variety of short and mid-length walks. Its adjoining campground is in high-demand all summer long.
This site was initially established by Irish homesteaders, William and Elizabeth Rath, in 1886. When William, a gold prospector, died in 1905, Elizabeth, and their five children, continued to run their farm, eventually operating it as a campground. The suffix ‘trevor’ was added to the family name to make it sound more lyrical. 1n 1967, Rathtrevor Campground officially became Rathtrevor Provincial Park (source).
Deer, raccoons, squirrels, otters, mink, eagles, osprey, hawks, vultures, owls, and many shore and migratory birds can be spotted in this area. Other than shorebirds, our only wildlife spotting today were frogs and numerous black and brown rabbits. Although we did not see him, we heard a very loud owl with lots to say!
By 8:15 am, Richard was back in the car, ready for a day of golf. To bring my morning hiking total up to 10 km, I walked home. Here are some views that I passed along the way.
We greatly appreciate your support in following along. Thank you for those who have suggested other Central Vancouver Island hikes. We look forward to giving them a try and welcome any further suggestons.