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.
This loop includes a stretch of rocky beach, visits to the Qualicum First Nation and Big Qualicum River Fish Hatchery, and a pleasant walk along quiet country roads.
Directions: From the intersection of the Old Island Highway (19A) and Horne Lake Road in Qualicum Bay, drive west to the parking area for the Big Qualicum River Fish Hatchery.
After parking, walk south along River Road to the five-way intersection. Turn right on Horne Lake Road, cross Leon Road and continue straight ahead on Berkshire Road. Follow the road around to the left as it becomes Marshall Road. Turn right on Dunsmuir Road, and right on Bradshaw Road. Follow Bradshaw Road around to the left as it turns into Goodyear Road. Cross the highway and follow the driveway into the Qualicum Landing. Follow the road around to the left to Van Isle Road. At the intersection of Van Isle Road and the highway turn right on to the beach access. Continue along the beach until you come to some large boulders that cover the outfall from a small pond at the beginning of the Qualicum First Nation Campsite. As you detour inland around the boulders, look for a dirt road that runs along the beach through the campsite. Follow the road to the highway. Turn left on the highway, then right on Fisheries Road and return to the beginning.