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.
This is one of the nicest walks in or around Grande Prairie. The views across the Bear Creek Reservoir to various landmark buildings give the park a picturesque quality reminiscent of great English parks or New York’s Central Park.
Start the walk at the Visitor Centre just off the Hwy 2 Bypass. Follow the paved trails along the eastern side of the reservoir then cross Bear Creek at the bridge to the Museum and Heritage Village. Walk between the Heritage Village and the creek until you regain the paved trail. Follow the trail past the College and through the Rotary Campground to the bridge back to the Visitor Centre and Sundail.
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.
The majority of the trail south of 68th Avenue is unpaved and forested and mainly used by mountain bikers. Head south from the Wee Links Golf Course parking area following the paved trail past the ball diamonds. About 10 minutes after starting turn right on to a gravel path by a metal bear proof garbage container. After crossing the first bridge take the path straight ahead up the hill. Thereafter generally keep to the right at most intersections in order to proceed around the trail clockwise. There are too many trail intersections to give detailed directions but usually the main trail is fairly obvious. After half an hour keep straight ahead at the sewer treatment plant. After about an hour and 20 minutes you will come to the final bridge over Bear Creek. Cross the bridge and follow the paved trail back to the beginning. For more information visit the City of Grande Prairie website.