Hiking Vancouver Island

Day 27: Fern Road Woods Trail / Qualicum-Parksville Link

Distance Walked: 9.4 km
Walking Time: 2 hrs
Trail Rating: Easy

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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.

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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.

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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. 😀


By Retirement Reflections

Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.

37 replies on “Day 27: Fern Road Woods Trail / Qualicum-Parksville Link”

I love the idea of trails to link communities so that people can travel on foot or bike without worrying about highways and their traffic. I will be sure to mention to anyone that asks that it is a terrible, boring trail🤞😉



Hi, Jill – Richard and I were recently discussing that I’ve worn 8 different pairs of foot wear on our past 27 hikes. On most days, I did wear the exact same pair of my favourite smartwool socks (but I did wash them each time between wearings)! 😀

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That trail looks awful, I’m not surprised the other hikers urged you not to include it. Seriously though, I love how you’ve commented that somehow you’ve managed to find the right hikes for the right days.


Hi, Jo – It is remarkable how true that statement is. Early on, Richard nominated me a the ‘trail selector’. (I believe that his intention was to stop me from whining about any difficult terrain!) I usually selected the trails the night before. But several mornings I woke up with a new trail in mind. Each of the hike locations have been a perfect fit so far. I’ve learned a great deal from all of them. Thank you for following along!

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The ladies’ request at the end made me smile Donna. It looks like a lovely walk – nice and smooth and simple – and a bit of water thrown in for good measure. Almost at the end of your 30 days – what’s next on the agenda???


Hi, Leanne- That’s so cool — I was commenting on your recent post at the exact same time that you were commenting on mine. I love that kind of synchronicity! The current plan for this Sunday (and beyond) is to catch up on everything that I’ve let slide while I’ve been hiking and blogging! Thank you for following!


Hi Donna – don’t blame the women to not want to advertise their green and pleasant route! Sounds an ideal hike out, coffee and pastry, then returning … love the various signs … I suspect Ainsley might have got his figures wrong for the effects plastic have … must be millions of organisms affected … it is really frightening – and after/during lock-down it is even worse … Enjoy day 28!! Stay safe – Hilary


Hi, Hilary – Ainsley’s message was part of several footprint write-ups that students had made stating what they had learned about plastic pollution. I agree that Ainsely’s numbers were (sadly) a bit off. But the concept from the students was loud and clear. I love how this walk involved teaching and learning! 😀


We just caught up by binge-reading 25, 26, and 27. Loved them all and am convinced of one thing…we need to visit Victoria Island and environs. We hiked yesterday to Bear Fork Creek to fish. As we passed the Grizzly warning sign, we realized we forgot the bear spray! So much for fishing Bear Fork (Ennis, MT). Three to go! Congrats!!


Hi, Jo and Helen – Thank you for catching up on my posts when you are on an amazing journey of your own. Ahhhh, I’m so sorry that you missed out on fishing Bear Fork Creek. But you did at least get in the hike! And I totally agree — you definitely need to visit Vancouver Island! 😀


Thanks, Sue – We have been with the variety of hikes as well. We are spoiled for choice on Vancouver Island. We have barely scratched the surface of available hikes…and we usually never travelled more than an hour from home!


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