Qualicum Beach

Qualicum Beach

Qualicum Beach

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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.

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Crofton Seawalk

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.

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Muskoseepi Park (Between 68 and 86 Ave)

Start this section of the Muskoseepi Park trail from the parking area beside the Grande Prairie Model Racers by the off leash dog park.  Proceed across the pedestrian bridge which carries the sanitary sewer line and turn right to pass under the 68th Avenue vehicular bridge.  Follow the paved trail to the spur which leads up to 86th Avenue.  Turn right on 86th, right on 100th Street and follow 100th Street past the Safeways and Starbucks to the trail opposite 75th Avenue.  Turn right back into the park and follow the paved trail back across Bear Creek rejoin the main trail and return to the beginning. For more information visit the City of Grande Prairie website.

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12 Foot Davis

This was the first Alberta Icons I knowingly visited after becoming aware of the program. However, since then, I have made it a goal to visit as many icons as I can in my travels around Alberta. Many of the icons are little more than tacky tourist traps but that has never deterred me before. However that statue of 12 Foot Davis is not only historically interesting, it is well executed and beautifully placed in a charming park. Click on the link at the end of this entry for more information about the Albert Icon program. Or visit the new Geotourism Canada website for more info about

Peace River is known for a number of historic facts and legendary figures. One of the most famous figures was Henry Fuller Davis, nicknamed “Twelve Foot Davis,” by staking a 12’ claim between two other claims during the gold rush which netted Davis more than $15,000 worth of gold. He later built a trading post close to where the Town of Peace River stands today. The Twelve Foot Davis statue can be found at River Front Park in downtown Peace River.

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Old Coombs Road

Old Coombs Road

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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.

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