Hiking in Comox Valley & Campbell River
Walk along the ocean, wind your way through ancient rainforest, climb into the mountains and enjoy a wander through the meadows of Forbidden Plateau. There are hundreds of kilometres of trails in the Comox Valley and Campbell River region just waiting to be explored.
The more than 40 municipal parks in Courtenay and Comox offer up a range of accessible trails and a variety of terrain on self-guided trails. Cumberland's forest trails attract hikers leading for solitude.
Seal Bay Regional Nature Park contains a network of wooded trails on the Comox Peninsula. The paths are great for hiking and biking and some are wheelchair accessible. A steep path leads to the beach where visitors often see seals, sea lions, bald eagles and other wildlife.
The meandering trails that follow the Puntledge River at Nymph Falls Regional Nature Park are popular with visitors and local residents.
Within the City of Campbell River, there are more than 50 kilometres through its 1,500 hectares of parkland and natural space. Several routes wend through the Beaver Lodge Forest Lands, and the trail to the mouth of the river at Dick Murphy Park at Tyee Spit is a good choice for a family-friendly excursion.
The Canyon View Trail is a well-maintained loop, which winds along the Campbell River and crosses an 80-foot suspension walkway that spans the canyon. The trailhead is at the John Hart Generating Station off Highway 28, 10 minutes west of the town. Further west on Highway 28, Strathcona Provincial Park has a variety of routes that range from moderate to difficult.
Elk Lake Provincial Park has six kilometres of trails that travel through old growth Douglas fir forest and to Elk, Moose and Deer Falls along the Campbell River. Detailed trail maps are located at the day-use areas and in the campground.
MOUNT WASHINGTON - STRATHCONA
Mount Washington Alpine Resort is a prime destination for subalpine hiking and wildlife watching, right on the doorstep to Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island's largest nature preserve.
Trails lead off into Paradise Meadows and Strathcona Provincial Park and the loop trail to Battleship Lake and Lake Helen Mackenzie often reveal sightings of island deer and Roosevelt elk.
Hikers discover the unique flora and fauna in the mile-high alpine life zone and interpretive signs along a self-guided tour explain the distinct landmarks. Please remember to tread lightly and always pack out everything you pack in!