Trails: Parksville Wetlands, Maple Glen Walkway (The Walkway of ♥) and Surrounding Forested Trails
Wetlands Address: 790 Hirst Avenue West, Parksville
Access Points: The foot of Despard Avenue or The Maple Glen Linear Walkway at the southern intersection of Magnolia Drive and Chestnut Street
Distance Walked: 7.86 km
Walking Time: 1 hr, 45 min
Trail Rating: Easy
Source: City of Parksville
Parksville Wetlands (formerly Ermineskin Parkland) is part of Springwood Park. It is a 1.14-kilometre loop that connects to Maple Glen Walkway, the Coombs Rail Trail and Cold Water Trails. The Wetlands path is mostly level, hardpacked and wheelchair accessible. Surrounding trails include smooth walkways and well-groomed forested paths. Benches are strategically placed for rest stops.
The City of Parksville purchased this 35.9 hectares from the Ermineskin Cree Nation in September 2017. The wetlands and adjacent woods form an essential habitat for migratory birds, unique marsh birds and amphibians. It is also a valuable watershed resource and a rare ecosystem.
This area is a hidden gem and an excellent birding site. Interconnecting paths allow for a short, accessible stroll or a longer forested hike. It envelopes you in wildflowers and provides surround-sound music of songbirds. Don’t forget your binoculars!