Distance Walked: 9 km
Time Spent Walking: 2 hrs 20 min
Terrain Covered: Rocky Beach, Forested Trail, Residential Streets
French Creek is a small marine community that lies between Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Although the beach was fairly quiet this morning, oystercatchers, herons, shorebirds and sea lions are frequently spotted here. In addition, the marina serves as a hub of activity with people fishing, boat charters, fresh seafood sales, a pub and a general (fishing based) store.
Today we walked a 9 km loop from rocky shore, to forested path, to neighbourhood streets, to Eaglecrest Golf course and back. Our goal in including the golf course was to grab a quick cup of coffee. Sadly, their restaurant currently does not open until 11:30 a.m. Still, all was not lost. This extra loop added to our steps and passed by lovely Yambury beachfront (a favourite for many locals). As well, watching oceanfront residents begin their day, casually overlooking the water, with a newspaper and warm drink in hand, made me immediately know where you will find me after a big lottery win!
Like all of our hikes in this series, the diversity of Columbia Beach is best described in pictures.
We are now halfway there. We have walked for 40 hours, taken 256,803 steps and completd 175 kilometers. We greatly appreciate you following along.