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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Saratoga to Miracle Beach

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.


Hemer Provincial Park



Located on Holden Lake south of Nanaimo, this forested park is popular with local residents, who mainly come here to explore the extensive trail system. The marsh area at Hemer Provincial Park is also a favourite destination for bird watchers and ornithologists. A viewing platform over the marsh, approximately 1 km from the parking lot, provides the opportunity to observe various types of ducks, Trumpeter swans, Bald eagles and turkey vultures, as well as beavers.
Approximately 11 kilometres of easy walking trails weave through the park along Holden Lake and through the marsh areas. The trails are forested, primarily with mature coastal Douglas fir, red alder and big-leaf maple. Trails are not marked but are easily identifiable and well maintained. Hemer Park provides day-use opportunities at Holden Lake, a peaceful setting for paddlers, boaters and anglers.


Kleskun Hills Natural Area


The Kleskun Hills rise 100 meters above the surrounding plains and support the largest remaining intact native plant community in the Peace Country.  The eroded landforms remind you of southern Alberta and the badlands along the Milk or Red Deer Rivers.  There is a pioneer museum here and a small campground with a hot shower.  The walk can be divided into 2 loops with the northern loop featuring the landforms and the southern loop featuring the plant communities.  This park is a real gem and well worth a visit or two. For more information visit the Alberta Parks website