Monday, 11 April 2016

Exploring Mack Laing Park-Macdonald Wood Park in Comox

by Keith and Heather Nicol
     April’s sunny skies and warm temperatures have brought spring out in force in the Comox Valley and so we decided to check out some short hiking trails in the Comox area. We like walking looped trails and a nice one at this time of year is the Macdonald Wood Park -Mack Laing Park area of the city of Comox. We did this walk on the April 9 and parked at the end of Croteau Road where there is a small parking lot. From there we walked toward the ocean and along a very pleasant board walk with nice benches that look out to Comox Harbour. The board walk is sheltered by trees and this spot is worth knowing about even if you just come down to sit on the benches and look out at the water.

The boardwalk at end of Macdonald Wood Park is a perfect place to rest and lookout over the harbour
   From the end of the board walk the “trail” follows the coastline and after 100-200 meters heads back into the forest at Mack Laing’s old house. There are large signs that interpret various aspects of Mack Laing Park and the trail follows scenic Brooklyn Creek. When we were there various spring wild flowers were in bloom including trilliums and fawn lilies and you could hear  wood peckers and songs of other birds filling the forest with sound. The trail winds toward Balmoral Ave where a set of stairs brings you to the road. From there we walked back to Macdonald Wood Park and took a trail back down to our car. The total loop is about 2.5 km and suited to a wide range of walkers. This makes a good short walk and we recommend it for its variety of habitats. 
There are several interpretative signs along Brooklyn Creek

Spring flowers like the trillium are in bloom

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