Monday, 18 June 2018

The "Pub to Pub" walk is one of our "fav" coastal walks near Courtenay, BC

by Keith and Heather Nicol
 On June 15 we decided to show our son Michael who was visiting from Vancouver the so called “Pub to Pub” trail which starts along the Oyster River, roughly half way between Courtenay and Campbell River on the east coast of Vancouver Island. We love this trail since it is a scenic trail with both river and ocean/beach views. Since the trail is just 3.5 km (1 way) it is suited to a variety of options. If you have young children or walkers that would find 7 km too long a hike, you could park a car at each end and just make the 1 way trip. 
The trail starts off in the tall trees

To get there from Courtenay drive north on Highway 19A and keep an eye out for the Oyster River bridge since you want to turn right on the next road (Glenmore Road).  Then travel one roughly 1 block and then turn left on Regent and look for a parking lot with a sign Oyster River Nature Park. The parking lot coordinates are 49. 52.232 N and 125 07.616 W.  Then follow the Ferguson Trail which is well signed and easy to walk on. After about 1 km you reach the ocean and from there you follow the Jack Hames Trail to Salmon Point.

There is lots of coastal scenes to photograph
 From there the trail winds along the upper part of the beach and through the trees giving fine views of Georgia Strait and mountains beyond. There are even some picnic tables along the way for anyone wanting a scenic place to have lunch. Sometimes the trail separates into 2 trails and there seemed to be some new cedar shavings placed down on parts of the trail. After about 1 hour we came out to Salmon Point Resort RV Park and Restaurant and the trail’s end.  We fully recommend this trail since it offers scenic ocean views and can be walked by a wide variety of people. Check it out on your next trip to this area. 
Heather and Michael at the 1/2 point of the trail

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