Top Places to Visit on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is truly a mecca for nature lovers of any type.
Whether one wants to enjoy a simple walk in a local park, hike up a mountain, ramble along a river, pedal a network of mountain biking trails or go camping, there is an abundance of top places to visit on Vancouver Island.

Nanaimo

~Seawall/Boat Basin/Swaylana Lagoon etc  (2 hours)

~E&N railway corridor – Best for bikes (2 hrs, 8kms one way)

~Westwood Lake, 6kms (2 hours)

~ Westwood Ridge, 6kms+  (3 hours+)

~Parkway Trail, 20 km’s one way paved   (1 hour+)

~Parkway Canyons, behind house and Peggy’s  (2 hours)

~Buttertubs Marsh

~Pipers Lagoon   (1-2 hours)

~Neck Point   (1-2 hours)

~Bowen Park

~Colliery Dam Park  (1-2 hours)

~ Cottle Lake/Linley Valley  (1-4 hours)

~Crystal Mountain and Microwave Tower, Linley Valley  (2 hrs)

~Lost Lake loop   (30 minutes)

~Diver Lake  (30 minutes)

~Northfield Creek  (45 minutes)

~Sugar Loaf Mountain, Departure Bay off Marion Way  (30 min.)

~Newcastle Island, 7km perimeter, boat access only  (4 hours+)

~Trans-Canada Trail, multiple sections to Ladysmith

~Ammonite Falls (Benson Creek) best in spring  (2 hours)

~Mount Benson, June to September only, from Witchcraft Lake  (4-5 hours)

~Benson Creek Park, off Doumont Road, off Weigles Road (mostly Bike trails)

~Boomerang Lake, Doumont Road   (3+ hours)

~Copely Mountain, off Ware Road, end of Harwood Road   (2-3 hours) (aka Siwash Ridge)

~Lone Tree Hill, off Ware Road, end of Harwood Road   (3-4 hours)

~Copley Trail (5km’s one way), end of Ware Road (includes Copley Climbing Crag / Lone Tree Hill)

~Harewood Plains – Powerlines SE of Harewood Road, many side trails  (2 hrs)

~Harewood Hydro Lines to White Rapids Road, w/petroglyphs

~Harewood Mine Reservoir Park  (30 min)

~Nanaimo River Estuary  (1 hour)

~Chase River Estuary  (1 hour)

~Jack Point / Biggs Park  (3 hours/2.5kms one way)

~Mt. Benson Road behind shooting range (3-4 hours)

~Morrell Sanctuary   (2 hours)

~Cable Bay Trail to Dodd Narrows  (2-3 hours/1.9kms one way)

~Morden Colliery trail to Nanaimo River  (1.5 hours/1km one way)

~Nanaimo River Regional Park, off Morden Road, first right  (1.5 hours)

~Yellow Point Park, Cedar  (1.5 hours)

~Hemer Provincial Park to Boat Harbour  (2-3 hours/2.4kms one way)

~Haslam Creek Suspension Bridge / Rhodo Lake – part of TCT (2 hours+)

Nanoose

~Beachcomber Regional Park, north of Nanoose Bay, off Claudet Road to Marina Way  (1 hour)

~Moorecroft Regional Park, north of Nanoose Bay  (1.5 hours)

~Englishman River Falls (1 hour)

~Englishman River Regional Park, from Top Bridge/Allsbrook Road to Middlegate Road

~Top Bridge Trail to Rathtrevor Park (2 hours/5kms one way)

~Qualicum Fish Hatchery, from Qualicum Museum (4km’s one way)  (3 hours)

~Little Qualicum River Regional Park off Meadowood Way (beside Little Qualicum Falls Prov. Park)

~Little Qualicum River Estuary Park, Kincade Road to McFeely Drive to Surfside Drive

~Big Qualicum River Trail, Hatchery to Horne Lake (7 hrs/10km one way) – See RDN guidebook

~Mount Arrowsmith – August/September only   (6-8 hours)

~Mount Arrowsmith trail, from Cameron Lake (6-7 hours/10km loop to old ski hill) CPR built 1912

~Cameron Lake Trail – Runs along north side of lake below the railway tracks

~Lighthouse Country Trail, Bowser to Qualicum Bay, 2 loops (incomplete) Lioness Rd see RDN guide

~Horne Lake Regional Park and Campground and Caves  (2 hours+)

Gabriola Island

~Flat Top Islands kayaking

~Descanso Bay Regional Park and Campground, Taylor Bay Road (left just after ferry)

~Gabriola Sands Provincial Park, back to back beaches between Taylor and Pilot Bays

~Drumbeg Provincial Park, south tip of Gabriola (45 min.)

Ladysmith to Duncan

~Skutz Falls, Cowichan River – best for tubing downstream in summer

~Christie Falls/Bush Creek, 3 km’s west of Ladysmith   (2 hours+)

~Holland Creek Trail/Rotary Lookout (5.8 kms/2 hrs)

~Heart Lake Loop, off Davis Road (6.4kms/2 hrs)

~Stocking Lake Loop, off Davis Road (9.3kms/3 hrs)

Victoria Area

~Beacon Hill Park

~Kinsol Trestle, Shawnigan Lake, part of TCT

~Hatley Park, Royal Roads Univ, Oriental garden

~Galloping Goose trail, part of TCT

Port Alberni Area

~Log Train Trail 22 km’s best for biking

~Hole in the wall, Rogers Creek, accessed from Dundalk to Sherwood Rd.

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