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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

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Day 15: Columbia Beach, French Creek

Distance Walked: 9 km Time Spent Walking: 2 hrs 20 min Terrain Covered: Rocky Beach, Forested Trail, Residential Streets Rating: Easy Columbia Beach West Columbia Beach East French Creek is a small marine community that lies between Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Although the beach was fairly quiet this morning, oystercatchers, herons, shorebirds and sea lions… Continue reading Day 15: Columbia Beach, French Creek

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Day 14: Heritage Forest and Qualicum Beach Smorgasborg

Trail: Heritage Forest (plus a variety of QB trails and multi-purpose pathways) Distance Walked: 9 km Time Spent Walking: 2 hrs, 10 min Trail Rating: Easy Today we had planned to hike Grandon Creek Trail. We were excited to revisit this pathway as we have not been on it for quite a while. It is… Continue reading Day 14: Heritage Forest and Qualicum Beach Smorgasborg

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Day 13: Moorecroft Regional Park and Es-hw Sme~nts Community Park, Nanoose Bay

Distance Walked: 8.18 km Time Spent Walking: 2 hrs Trail Rating: Easy Locations: Moorecroft Regional Park, 1563 Stewart Road, Nanoose Bay Es-hw Sme~nts Community Park, 1650 Oak Leaf Drive, Nanoose Bay Today we did a shorter walk through Moorecroft Regional Park and nearby Es-hw Sme~nts Community Park grounds. The main Moorecoft trail loop is under 3… Continue reading Day 13: Moorecroft Regional Park and Es-hw Sme~nts Community Park, Nanoose Bay

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Day 12: Lighthouse Country Regional Trail, Qualicum Bay/Bowser

Trail: Lighthouse Country Regional Trail, North and South Loops, with Woodlot Trail Distance Hiked: 10.3 km Time Walking: 2 hr, 48 min Trail Rating: Easy (except for the railway trestle bridge crossing...which I did not love) How to Get There: The South Loop parking lot is located at the end of Lioness Blvd (off Lions… Continue reading Day 12: Lighthouse Country Regional Trail, Qualicum Bay/Bowser