Trails: Stocking Creek and Cowichan Valley
Access: 11014 Finch Place or 10786 Chemainus Road, Saltair (near Ladysmith)
Distance Walked: 8.88 km
Walking Time: 2 hr 8 min
Difficulty: Both easy and moderate paths are available.
What’s not to love about trails that meander through a rainforest, give you easy access to a waterfall (that you can actually touch) and connect you to Canada’s Great Trail? Stocking Creek has it all.
To visit the falls, you can take a short, gentle path (Kon Trail) or a slightly more challenging one (Huckleberry). The stairs that lead directly to the waterfalls are currently closed, but a few other dirt paths will take you down there. You just may need to navigate a few tricky bits. Waterproof hiking boots are a definite asset.
As the smiles on our faces reveal, being able to touch the falls is well worth the extra effort!
You can easily walk from the parking lot, enjoy the falls and be back at your car in under an hour. You may wish to extend your stay by checking out a few of this park’s other trails.
The Cowichan Valley Trail is a multi-use path that is part of The Great Trail (Trans-Canada). This predominantly gravel lane is wide and flat, making it easy for both walkers and bikers to share the road. The surrounding green space and farmlands combine to create dynamic, constantly changing scenery.
As we pulled out of the parking lot, our car automatically headed to nearby Old Town Bakery. Apparently, Richard had already guessed the real reason that I had chosen this hike. Busted!
In my defence, the bakery is currently celebrating Christmas in July. Who can resist that? Not I!