Trails: Cable Bay, Joan Point Park, Dodd Narrows, Cedar, BC
Distance Walked: 7.25 km
Walking Time: 2 hrs
Elevation Gain: 119 m
Trail Rating: Easy
Cable Bay is a well-established trail in Cedar, BC (near Nanaimo). It seamlessly merges into Joan Point Park* and Dodd Narrows tidal channel, where fast-moving waters funnel into the narrows between Mudge Island and Vancouver Island.
This walk offers views of a rain forest, ocean, sandstone beach and a powerful tidal current. It is a designated off-leash dog park. As you wind down the oceanfront, you overlook Gabriola Island, Mudge Island, Protection Island and Duke Point. Depending on your timing, and the season, a variety of ocean life can be spotted here, including bald eagles, kingfishers, heron gulls, loons, sea lions, otters, seals and orcas.
Although a relatively easy trail, there is much uneven terrain and a slightly steep uphill climb on your return…just enough to get your heart rate up!
Special thanks to Roger, Paula and Tommy for introducing us to this area and joining us this morning. The one ingredient that makes an awesome trail even better = friends to share it with.
We’ll definitely be back!
* Joan Point Park was named for Joan Olive Dunsmuir, wife of industrialist and politician, Robert Dunsmuir.