Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery

Directions: From the intersection of the Old Island Highway and the new Laburnum Road drive south to Claymore Road and turn right. Follow Claymore Road to the entrance to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery (2.4 Km from the Old Island Hwy. to the entrance just after crossing the bridge over Whiskey Creek). Turn right into the Fish Hatchery or park on the road outside the gate if you expect to be leaving later than 4:00 P.M. There is a map of the fish hatchery, an outhouse, picnic tables and interpretive displays near the entrance. Continue through the parking area to a yellow gate between two interpretive signs. Follow the gravel road on top of the dyke for approximately 25 minutes to the end of the Spawning Channel. Follow the road to the left, along the chain link fence and by the yellow gate. Keep straight on the road as it passes an office/maintenance building, and continues through the Hatchery to the Fishery Viewing Room.

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Coles Bay Regional Park

Located on the western side of the Saanich Peninsula, this small park features nature trails, a secluded bay rich in tidal life, picnicking, and a swimming beach. Accessible toilets are available near the parking area.  For more information visit: https://www.crd.bc.ca/parks-recreation-culture/parks-trails/find-park-trail/coles-bay

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Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

South of Errington is a charming Provincial Park with spectacular waterfalls, excellent trails, picnic areas and campsites. The trails in the park are well maintained and posted with signs. For more information visit:http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/englishman_rv/

Directions: From the south end of the day use parking area, head south past the washrooms to the upper bridge over the Englishman River. After crossing the bridge, turn left and follow the trail downstream to the lower bridge. After crossing the bridge follow the trail back uphill to the parking lot. Total time for this short loop is 20-30 minutes.

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John Dean Provincial Park

John Dean Provincial Park is situated on top of Mount Newton near Sidney, BC. From Hwy #17 turn west onto McTavish Road, south onto East Saanich Road, then west onto John Dean Road. Follow John Dean Road until you reach the park. The park protects one of the last stands of old-growth Douglas fir and Garry oak on Southern Vancouver Island. There are numerous well maintained and signed trails in the park. From November to March the entrance road is closed, adding an additional 15 minutes each way to your hike but greatly reducing the number of nature lovers you will encounter.

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