As summer winds to a close there is still plenty of time to enjoy adventurous pursuits at some of Vancouver Island's scenic hiking trails. With weather being a perfect mix of sun and fresh breezes this is the time to explore some favourite trails or discover some new ones whether setting out on foot, two wheels or with your best canine friend.
Get your camera ready for our top picks of the month!
The Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park is an experience rich in history, culture and entertainment. Known as Saysutshun by the Snuneymuxw First Nation people, this family friendly park is accessible only by foot passenger ferry or boat. With breathtaking views of the Coastal Mountains and the Harbour City, the island offers a unique natural, historical and cultural experience for visitors. For more information visit the link here.
A hidden gem of a walk, the Lighthouse Country Regional Trail is separated into a north and south loop, and the level grade makes the beauty of the rare Coastal Douglas-fir forest accessible to all. The north loop and adjacent Wildwood Community Park provide about 2 kilometres of easy wandering, while the south loop offers about 2.5 kilometres of wheelchair accessible trail as well as a rough trail and woodlot road. For more details visit this handy link here.
A huge, seemingly bottomless fissure in the earth, sweeping views of the Salish Sea and peek-a-boo views of Mt. Benson, create an outdoor experience not to be missed. Commonly known as The Abyss, Extension Ridge. This stunning 4.5km section of The Great Trail is a beloved area in Nanaimo and a favourite playground for mountain bikers, hikers and dog walkers alike. For more information on this unique trail visit the link here.
The Tonquin Trail is an easy walking trail that passes through rainforests along the Pacific coast and provides access to Tonquin Beach, which is a great location for watching sunsets. Meandering through old-growth forest to Tonquin Beach, Third Beach and Middle Beach. Along the trail are many points of interest and view platforms making this trail a favourite. For all the details on this stunning trail visit view the link here.
The hike to the cross on Mount Tzouhalem provides an incredible view of the Cowichan Valley, spanning from Cowichan Bay to west, across the valley to the town of Duncan. The route offers a great workout and is an enjoyable, uphill hike through the forest before being rewarded with one of the most glorious views from the area. For all the information on this exhilarating hike visit the link here.
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