Distance Walked: 9.4 km
Walking Time: 2 hrs
Trail Rating: Easy
The Fern Road Woods Trail gives Qualicum Beach residents a scenic, low-traffic, multi-purpose route to travel to the downtown core or to simply use for recreational purposes (it includes a No Through Road). This trail is part of the 13 km Parksville-Qualicum Beach Link that allows walkers, runners, cyclists and rollerbladers to move between the two locations without using the highway. This Link Trail is included in the Action Plan for Parksville’s Parks and Trails, which follows the Guiding Principles below.
Throughout this series, we have found that we have been on the exact trail needed for that day. This morning’s route was no exception. The sights around us were precisely what we required to replenish our tired spirits (after all, it is Day 27)!
We also encountered a diverse array of informational signage.
At the midway point, we reached the beach. It was a perfect place to stop for a coffee and a pastry before walking the 4.5 km back to our car.
The Fern Road Woods Trail is well used by locals. Along the way, we met two women who regularly walk this path. When we explained our #30hikesin30days challenge, they respectfully asked us to publicly declare this trail to be terrible, and to recommend another trail instead. I’ll leave it to you to decide upon their motive. 😀