This is one of the most popular hikes in the Ladysmith area. It is 5.6 Km. long and takes about 2 hours for the upper and lower loops. There are several access points but the most accessible is the one off Dogwood Drive. The trail along the south bank is more rugged while the trail along the north bank is wider and leveller.
This is a fascinating area with many historic trails to explore. As the sign says it is a ” work in progress” so be prepared for plenty of exploring and backtracking. The following are two sample trails you can easily do in an afternoon.
Fanny Bay Conservation Area
Here is a short 3.27 Km route that takes in the Fanny Bay Conservation Area and Wacky Woods. It starts on Ships Point Road across the road from a Salmon Viewing Area.
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.