Hiking, Vancouver Island

Day 16: Englishman River Estuary and Rosewall Creek Trail

Trail: Englishman River Estuary, Parksville
Distance Walked: 4.3 km
Walking Time: 1 hr
Trail Rating: Easy

Trail: Rosewall Creek Trail, Comox
Distance Walked: 7.4 km
Walking Time: 2.5 hrs
Trail Rating: Moderate

Combined Distance Walked: 11.7 km

We had planned to hike The Abyss in Nanaimo today. We were actually on our way there when a nail in our SUV tire had other plans for us. Luckily, a local mechanic was available. Seeing us decked out in full hiking gear, he suggested that we head over to the Englishman River Estuary while waiting. It was an excellent idea.

Just over an hour later, our tire was restored, and so were we. In a quick change of plans, we decided to forego The Abyss for today, and to give Rosewall Creek a try. Alltrails lists this trail as 5.8 km. Recording it on our Alltrails App, we found that it was a bit longer, but we may have added an extra loop. Alltrails rates this trek as ‘easy’. Due to some tight, narrow sections near drop-offs, as well as many rock and root obstacles, a rating of ‘moderate’ is likely more appropriate.

Today - 1 of 1 Here’s an example of some of the terrain which varies throughout. It definitely is not stroller-friendly.

Regardless, this trail is worth the effort. Rosewall Creek is a second-growth forest of Hemlock, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Sitka Spruce, and Western Red Cedar. It reveals remaining springboard cuts used by fallers in decades past. To reward you for your commitment, it ends with a peaceful waterfall. Good hiking shoes and an adequate sense of balance are a must.

And yes, I admit, I’m lousy at’hide and seek,’ both in this set of photos, and in the set above.

Tomorrow we will once again set off for the Abyss. The following day we will be joined by two ‘special guest hikers’. We look forward to seeing you then!


40 thoughts on “Day 16: Englishman River Estuary and Rosewall Creek Trail”

  1. Hi, Laurie – The waterfall was enchanting. It was a definite obstacle course to get to it, but well worth it. Thank you so much for so diligently following along. Your kind words have been very motivating!


    1. Hi, Ann – That’s a good idea. I do find that hiking poles are a very personal decision. I personally was grateful for my poles today — but I did see very few others with them. Hellions I say! 😀
      Refreshments are not usually a part of the provincial hikes that we have been doing. But drinks and snacks are a bonus at city walks and harborfronts.
      Thanks so much for following along.


    1. Hi, Joe – Thanks again for your kind words. Richard and I have taken a very flexible approach to these hikes. We usually select them the night before, and then often change our minds in the morning and go with a different choice. Although we aim for an overall 10 km per day, sometimes its more and sometimes. less. It works well this well.


  2. All those obstacles are very Bruce Trail-ish (and I’m sure Joanne will agree). Will feel like “home” when I get there. Looking forward to you posting about the Abyss. Checking out Colliery Dam Park and the Abyss is on my to-do list!


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    1. Hi, Janet – Richard and I are trying to select a wide variety of hikes so that there is something for everyone. If this hike is not one that you would enjoy, there will definitely be others that may interest you. Then all you would have to do is to come to Vancouver Island. That would be awesome! 😀

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  3. Hi Donna, love the photo of you hiding in the tree. Magical. I love trees and their roots, although I realise you would need to tread carefully so as not to trip. Trees are always ‘old souls’ to me and stand tall and majestic. Another enchanting hike. You are really pushing through them! xx


    1. Hi, Jans – I have walked the Estuary before and love that place. I thought that it might be too short on its own for a hike in this series. Combining it with another hike was absolutely perfect. However, I could write heaps and heaps about the Estuary. Be glad that I stopped myself! 😀


  4. Oh no, not a nail. Hate when that happens. At first I thought it was a blocked road when I saw the fallen tree.


  5. Hi Donna – sorry about the tyre – but wonderful sensible mechanic … do something while it’s being fixed. That trail looks delightful, while the fallen tree looks to be blown down – a tree that’s had its time … at least apparently not demolished. stay safe – Hilary


  6. It can be hard to navigate tricky ground but what a sense of accomplishment when one does. A sense of balance definitely required. Lovely photos Donna, thank you for sharing with us 🙂


  7. This might not be where you were headed to, but it is beautifully unique nonetheless. I like you posing as part of a tree. That tree is amazingly large.


  8. Darn on the nail, yet staying flexible and a new, beautiful area. You can fit inside that tree Donna, because you have gone on a million hikes this month.🙂 Beautiful photos!


  9. The winter before we moved Here, we rented a house in Parksville for a month. It was near the Englishman River Estuary, and we spent many happy hours wandering around there. I haven’t yet hiked Rosewall Creek, but I’ve seen the signs for it many times going back and forth from the ski hill.



  10. HI, Jude – I remember when you rented that Painter’s Cottage (or was it Artist’s Cottage). It seems like just yesterday. How does the time fly by so much more quickly these days?! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. We all missed you yesterday.


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