Trail: Lighthouse Country Regional Trail, North and South Loops, with Woodlot Trail
Distance Hiked: 10.3 km
Time Walking: 2 hr, 48 min
Trail Rating: Easy (except for the railway trestle bridge crossing…which I did not love)
How to Get There: The South Loop parking lot is located at the end of Lioness Blvd (off Lions Way, off Hwy 19A) in Qualicum Bay. The North Loop and Wildwood Community Park parking lot is located on McColl Rd in Bowser, one block inland from Hwy 19A.
I’ve written about this trail before. (Check it out…it includes The Widow Badass!)
I have previously only walked the South Loop. Today, Richard and I hiked both the South and the North Loops, connecting through Woodlot Road, Woodlot Trail, and the railway tressels high above Nile Creek. Otherwise an easy trail, the following photos show my two biggest challenges today.
When I left the house this morning, I hadn’t expected to be hiking in the rain. It was a good thing that my raincoat was in the car. I also hadn’t expected to be crossing over a railroad tressel. Even though my mind knew that I could not fall completely through the slats, nor would I likely fall over the sides…my pounding heart just wasn’t listening (fear of heights and other scary things)!
The rest of the hike was absolutely stunning, and so peaceful. (Most sane people were warm and dry indoors.) That really is the beauty of this challenge: It is getting us outdoors each day. It is also helping us to discover new trails, as well as parts of other trails that we hadn’t yet explored.
I have previously mentioned my gratitude to all who have worked tirelessly to make these trails happen. Parts of this trail are fully wheelchair accessible and include a continuous tapping rail for the visually or balance impaired. I can’t underscore my gratitude enough!
What has been your favourite walk lately?