Today we had plans to meet up with a small group of friends to walk 4 km at Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery. To extend that walk, Richard and I began with a 5+km walk in nearby Laburnum Woods.
Trail 1: Laburnum Woods, Qualicum Beach (Map)
Distance: 5.6 km
Walking Time: 1 hr, 15 min
Laburnum Woods is a series of local community trails used by mountain bikers, hikers, walking groups and those who would like to exercise their dog/s off-leash. The area consists of gravel paths and forested trails. There is no parking lot (side of the road parking only) and no signage. One of the main entrances to the trail looks like this:
We used our Alltrails app to track where we were (and how to get back to where we started). Alltrails perfectly picked up even the smallest of paths. This was incredibly helpful as we saw no other passersby when we were there. We did see the remains of a large log that someone had begun to make into a form of furniture. But that project appears to have been abandoned long ago. Don’t ask me why, but I think it might have been started by a guy named Steve.
Trail 2: Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery (Map)
Distance: 4 km
Walking Time: 1 hr, 5 min
Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery was established in 1979 to help improve the freshwater survival of salmon and trout. It is part of the Canadian Salmonid Enhancement Program.
A 4 km flat path from the parking lot follows Little Qualicum River on your right with spawning channels on your left. It is a beautiful walk lined with cedar, alders, maples and fir trees. In October, you can begin to see coho and chum in the spawing channels.
This is an easy, accessible trail that is a favourite of local off-leash dog walkers and community walking groups. I have walked this trail numerous times and never, ever tire of it. How could I with walking buddies like these?
To make an enjoyable morning even more perfect, Richard and I ended our hike with drinks and french fries on the beach. After all, not everything can be about healthy living!