Qualicum Cottage Lane

One of the first impressions that one gets of Qualicum Beach is the old world charm of some of its older residential streets. The narrow lanes and quaint cottages of the original beach front village seem to have been directly transported from the English countryside. Many of the older cottages have spectacular ocean views and are slowly being replaced by newer homes and extravagant renos. But for a little longer take a walk on the Quiet Side along Buller Road, Beach Terrace, Hoy Lake Road, Alder, Poplar and Bay Streets. Peak into picturesque Country Gardens through handcrafted gates and fences. Experience the timeless beauty of narrow streets designed more for pedestrians than rushing vehicular traffic.

Directions: From the Courtesy Boat Ramp between the public washrooms and the Beach Hut Concession Stand on the Old Island Highway, walk west along the beach for approximately 30 minutes to the Beach Access at the end of Buller Road. Turn left at the “Gables” then left on the Old Island Highway at St Andrews Lodge and Cottages. Turn right on Beach Terrace, right on Crescent Road West and then immediately turn right into the parking area for the Grandon Creek Trail. Head up Grandon Creek and at the top of the stairs at the end of the trail, turn left on the path that runs along the side of West Hoylake Road. Turn left on Arbutus Street and right back onto Hoylake Road. Turn left on Alder Street, cross Crescent Road and continue on Alder to Poplar Avenue. Turn right. At the end of Poplar, turn left on Bay Street. Follow Bay down the hill back to the beach. Turn right on the Old Island Highway and follow the Beachfront Promenade back to the beginning.

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Muskoseepi Park (Between 100 and 86 Ave)

Start this trail at the Muskoseepi Park Pavilion, take the pedestrian underpass under 100th Avenue then turn left and follow the trail to 102nd Street.  Turn right and follow 102nd Street ( the original Carriage Lane, an area of older historical buildings) to the park access near 86th Avenue.  After entering the park turn right and follow the trail back to the beginning.

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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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