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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When the Inland Island Highway was built the new connector between Highway 19 and Highway 4A resulted in the closure of Coombs Road between Highway 4 (the new connector) and the Port Alberni E&N Railroad. This quiet stretch of abandoned road now makes a pleasant pedestrian approach to the oftentimes crowded and chaotic Coombs Market. During the busy summer use this route to avoid the traffic snarl at Coombs and reward yourself for your effort with an ice-cold treat.
Directions: From the intersection of Highways 4 and 19, drive 1.0 km south and park near the yellow gate on the east side of the intersection of Highway 4 and Hilliers Road.
Walk along the old road to the abandoned railroad grade of the Port Alberni E&N Railway. Cross the railroad grade and continue along Coombs Road to Highway 4A. Turn left, cross the bridge over French Creek and explore Coombs Market. Continue along Highway 4A to Station Road before crossing the highway and returning along the abandoned railroad grade. Turn right on the old Coombs Road and return to the start. Total time for this 5 Km walk is about 1 hour return.
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.
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.