Trail 1: Jack Point Trail Loop (Duke Point)
Distance Walked: 6 km
Walking Time: 1 hr, 45 min
Trail Rating: Easy
Jack Point Park is a fascinating place with much to offer. It is a Geopark, recognized for its geological interest. In particular, the sandstones and mudstones found here display unique erosion features. This park runs along the eastern edge of the Nanaimo River Estuary, which is the largest estuary on Vancouver Island and the fifth largest in British Columbia.
Every step on this trail found us reaching for our cameras.
This yellow cedar carving, displayed near the beginning of the park, added to the natural charm and wonder of this trail.
This path ends at the gate for Duke Point Ferries. During your walk, you can easily hear the announcements for the next sailing. In the course of this trek, we saw three ferry boats at one time. I’m still not sure why we missed that photo!
Trail 2: Rocky Knoll, Beaver Pond, Morrell Lake and Alder Trail Loop (Morrell Nature Sanctuary)
Distance Walked: 5.1 km
Walking Time: 1 hr, 30 min
Trail Rating: Easy
Combined Walking Distance: 11.1 km
When planning our #30hikesin30days, we figured that a challenge might present itself along the way where it would be difficult to hike as usual. That challenge will occur tomorrow. Long times friends of ours from Toronto, have surprised us with a short visit to BC. They are briefly staying on the mainland in White Rock. To not miss out on this opportunity to see them, we will leave our house at the crack of dawn tomorrow, take an early ferry to Vancouver, spend the day in White Rock and return home in the evening. I defintely plan to get my steps in and to do a quick post to keep myself accountable. But the hike and the post may be a bit ‘creative’. To help pay it forward, we did an extra trek today. We are glad that we did as we immediately ran into a wildlife photography who pointed out this fledgling barred owl.
I know…I really need to use a real camera!
Although this was a hard act to follow, the remainder of this hike was also stunning and incredibly peaceful.
Stay tuned to see what tomorrow brings!