Categories
Hiking Vancouver Island

Tuesday’s Trails

Richard and I have continued to hike a different trail each day. We are now on Day 40. We are curious to discover when we will run out of local trails to explore. Realistically, we are more likely to run out of energy first! I have posted a single photo of our hike each day […]

Categories
Hiking Vancouver Island

Day 30: Pub-to-Pub Hike or Bust!

Distance Walked: 9.14 km Walking Time: 2.5 hrs Pubs: Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company and The Black Goose Inn Route: Easy Richard and I had unanimously agreed that the final day of our #30hikesin30days Challenge should be the Oyster River Pub-to-Pub Hike near Courtney, BC. What a perfect way to walk and celebrate at the same […]

Categories
Hiking Vancouver Island

Day 29: Shelly Creek Park and E & N Rail Loop, Parksville

Shelly Creek Park and Rail Loop: 4.25 km Coffee Loop: 4.02 km Total Distance Walked: 8.27 km Total Walking Time: 2 hrs Shelly Creek is a tributary to the Englishman River. It begins on Little Mountain and flows into the river near Parksville’s Orange Bridge. Shelly Creek Park is the last healthy riparian section of […]

Categories
Hiking Vancouver Island

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

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 […]

Categories
Hiking Vancouver Island

Day 26: Protection Island

Distance Walked: 7.01 km Walking Time: 1 hr, 42 min Trail Rating: Easy History: Protection Island is located in the harbour of Nanaimo, BC. It is home to 350 full-time residents. Locals commonly travel across the island by golf cart, while some transfer their groceries, recycling and garbage from the community dock by wheelbarrow. Many […]

Categories
Hiking Vancouver Island

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 […]

Categories
Hiking Vancouver Island

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 […]

Categories
Hiking Vancouver Island

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, […]

Categories
Hiking Vancouver Island

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 […]

Categories
Hiking Vancouver Island

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 […]