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.
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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Another excellent walk from Pacific Playgrounds is the trail along the ocean from Oyster River to Salmon Point Resort. Cross the river on the bridge by the Fisherman’s Pub and take the trail that starts in the Oyster River Nature Park. The return walk is a little under 8 Km. and takes a little less than 2 hours. There are pubs at both ends of the trail.
We store our trailer at Pacific Playgound over the winter. The basic storage rate provides for full hookups and includes 2 free nights per month. There are two excellent walks from the campground, both spectacular on a crisp fall day. It takes a little over 2 hours to walk from the campgound to the end of Miracle Beach Provincial Park and back.
The Crofton Seawalk runs in front of the Osborne Bay Resort for much of its length. The RV Resort is open all year and has many site overlooking the ocean and a few right on the waterfront. It is a short walk from the resort to Crofton where grocery stores, cafes and pubs serve the town and passengers on the ferry to Saltspring. On a warm day make the trip to Saltspring as a foot passenger and spend the afternoon exploring Vesuvius Bay.