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Day 25: Duke Point, Crescent Beach and White Rock Pier

DISTANCES WALKED Duke Point Ferry Terminal: 3 km Duke Point Ferry: 7 km Crescent Beach: 3.75 km White Rock Pier: 5.25 km Combined Distances Walked: 19 km Combined Walking Time: 5 hrs I wasn't sure how I would squeeze in a hike today, let alone 7 km (our minimum daily hiking distance in this series… Continue reading Day 25: Duke Point, Crescent Beach and White Rock Pier

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Day 24: A Tale of Two Trails: Jack Point Park and Morrell Nature Sanctuary, Nanaimo

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… Continue reading Day 24: A Tale of Two Trails: Jack Point Park and Morrell Nature Sanctuary, Nanaimo

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Day 23: Nymph Falls, Comox Valley

Distance Hiked: 18 km Walking Time: 4 hrs Trail Rating: Easy and Moderate trails are available Location: 4481 Forbidden Plateau Road, Comox-Strathcona History: Nymph Falls resulted from  the creation of a fish ladder on the Puntledge River, completed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and BC Hydro, in the early 1950s.In 1992, the Comox… Continue reading Day 23: Nymph Falls, Comox Valley

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Day 22: Pheasant Glen Nature Trails, Qualicum Beach

Distance Walked: 10.75 km Walking Time: 3 hrs Trail Rating: Easy Map Although a familiar trek for local off-leash dog walkers and community hiking groups, I consider this trail to be another hidden gem. It is not currently listed on Alltrails. Google wasn't much help either. Just before reaching the gate for Pheasant Glen Golfcourse,… Continue reading Day 22: Pheasant Glen Nature Trails, Qualicum Beach

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Day 21: Neck Point Park, Nanaimo

Distance Walked: 7.22 km Walking Time: 1 hr, 45 min Trail Rating: Easy (with options for moderately steep climbs and rock scrambling) Address: 1055 Morningside Drive, Nanaimo Source Neck Point Park is surrounded by rugged rock cliffs and pebble beaches. It offers 36 acres of waterfront forest with several short trails, including a 1.8- kilometre… Continue reading Day 21: Neck Point Park, Nanaimo

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Day 20: Richard’s Marsh, Cinnabar Valley, Nanaimo

Distance Walked: 7.35 km Walking Time: 1 hr, 45 min Trail Rating: Easy (with options for moderate and more challenging hills to up your game) Location: 9 Ranchview Road (one of several access points) An incredible oasis, with seemingly endless paths to explore, it’s easy to forget that neighbourhood subdivisions closely encircle Richard’s Marsh. An… Continue reading Day 20: Richard’s Marsh, Cinnabar Valley, Nanaimo

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Day 19: Parksville Wetlands & Surrounding Trails

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… Continue reading Day 19: Parksville Wetlands & Surrounding Trails

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Day 18: Cable Bay, Joan Point Park & Dodd Narrows

Trails: Cable Bay, Joan Point Park, Dodd Narrows, Cedar, BC Distance Walked: 7.25 km Walking Time: 2 hrs Elevation Gain: 119 m Trail Rating: Easy Cable Bay is a well-established trail in Cedar, BC (near Nanaimo). It seamlessly merges into Joan Point Park* and Dodd Narrows tidal channel, where fast-moving waters funnel into the narrows… Continue reading Day 18: Cable Bay, Joan Point Park & Dodd Narrows

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Day 17: Extension Ridge (The Abyss), Nanaimo

Trail: Extension Ridge, Part of The Great Trail (TransCanada) Distance Hiked: 11.76 km Walking Time: 3 hours Trail Rating: Moderate The Fissure Extension Ridge Trail first caught my attention due to its fissure. Throw in a fairy circle, sweeping view of the Salish Sea and a lookout dedicated to the soulful love of a lost… Continue reading Day 17: Extension Ridge (The Abyss), Nanaimo

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Day 16: Englishman River Estuary and Rosewall Creek Trail

Trail: Englishman River Estuary, Parksville Distance Walked: 4.3 km Walking Time: 1 hr Trail Rating: Easy Trail: Rosewall Creek Trail, Comox Distance Walked: 7.4 km Walking Time: 2.5 hrs Trail Rating: Moderate Combined Distance Walked: 11.7 km We had planned to hike The Abyss in Nanaimo today. We were actually on our way there when… Continue reading Day 16: Englishman River Estuary and Rosewall Creek Trail