Holland Creek

This is one of the most popular hikes in the Ladysmith area. It is 5.6 Km. long and takes about 2 hours for the upper and lower loops. There are several access points but the most accessible is the one off Dogwood Drive. The trail along the south bank is more rugged while the trail along the north bank is wider and leveller.


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Crofton Lake


I used Heavy-J’s map in the Avenza app for this hike. It is the first time I have used this app for hiking (though I have had it on my phone for awhile) and found it incredibly easy to use and very accurate. Since the maps work offline without the internet (using your phone’s built in GPS) you don’t need WiFi or a phone connection to see where you are. And you don’t have to gobble up all your data to use it.


Englishman River Estuary / Rathtrevor Park

An alternate access to Rathtrevor Park, in case they ever start charging for parking again. Park at the intersection of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive and follow the trail along Englishman River. The old boardwalk has been removed but there is a sketchy trail along the bank of the river. Alternatively follow Shorewood Drive to Mariner Way to get to beach access. At high tide it may be necessary to use other beach accesses to get around breakwaters people have built out into the intertidal zone.




Rathtrevor Park / Beach Resorts


The start of this beach walk is from a beach access at the end of Arbutus Road at the south end of Parksville. The beginning is a cobble stone beach which may be a little slippery at high tide, but soon changes to the sandy beaches of Rathtrevor. At the interpretive Display turn into the park to access the washrooms and hike the trail around the marsh. Head up the access road and take the Top Bridge cutoff to Resort Drive. At the end of Resort Drive cut over to the Highway and stop in at Serious or Coyote Coffee before turning down Arbutus Road and returning to the beginning.

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