This short hike takes you from the Qualicum Beach Museum to the Grandon Creek Trail and salmon enhancement project via the Hoy Lake Road Right of Way, then back to the Museum by the waterfront. The trail features forested trails, shaded creek side boardwalks, and Qualicum Beach’s famous oceanfront promenade with landmark eagle tree.
Directions: From the Qualicum Beach Museum on Beach Road, head west along the trail that runs parallel to the railroad tracks. Cross Arbutus Road and continue along the trail that runs along Hoy Lake Road. Take the stairs down to the Grandon Creek trail and follow the creek to Crescent Road. Turn left on Crescent Road, cross the Old Island Highway at the Wildlife Viewing Area, and return east along the beach past the Shady Rest to the intersection of the the Old Island Highway and Memorial Drive. Cross the highway and head up Memorial Drive to Crescent Road. Turn right on Crescent Road, then left on Beach Road, and return to the Museum.
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.
Moorecroft Regional Park was purchased by the RDN on March 2, 2011 from the BC Conference of the United Church of Canada for $4.8 million dollars through a combination of short-term borrowing and reserves and through $116,000 fundraised by The Nature Trust of BC and $40,000 raised locally by the Nanaimo Area Land Trust.
The 34 hectare Moorecroft site includes shoreline and spectacular views across the Georgia Strait. There are approximately 32 hectares of natural forest featuring tree species such as Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Arbutus, Bigleaf Maple, Red Alder and Garry Oak. Two intermittent creeks run through the property, and two eagle nesting sites have been identified. The property also contains a wetland area known as Skipsey Lake, an open field and a network of walking trails.
How to get there
Take Northwest Bay Road (off either Hwy 19 or Hwy 19A) to Stewart Road. Follow Stewart Road to the end.