Laburnum road eventually turns onto Rupert rd, with a very interesting riding trail at the corner of the turn on Laburnum. Enjoy the beauty. There are numerous entry and exit points, as well as trail markers at each kilometre along the way. Camping: Englishman River Falls Provincial Park has 130 sites and Rathtrevor Provincial Park 150 sites View all posts by Rick Mc. To protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff, encourage physical distancing and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is open to access the City’s finance department only. Approximately 7 km of 3 metre-wide tread surface trail finished with compacted high fines gravel. I remember Coombs and the goats! Approximately 7 km of 3 metre-wide tread surface trail finished with compacted high fines gravel. Thanks, Terri – Thank you for taking the time to give such meaningful feedback. The descriptions are very helpful. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." My husband and I have walked four Caminos so far (Portugal to SdC, SJPDP to Najera, Najera to SdC and Via Francigena). I think that sometimes WP just likes to mess with us. I rode the 7km from Parksville out to Coombs. ( Log Out /  I’m always looking for new trails! As we get nearer to moving north, I’m very interested in seeing the scenery! Were your ears burning earlier today? Once a comprehensive railroad system, the decommissioned tracks are now home to an extensive recreational trail providing almost 650 km (400 mi) of connected pathways throughout the region. Retired and Enjoying Life From the Slow Lane, Taking steps to live a healthy and enriched life. Thanks for sharing it with us. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. A phased construction process for the trail will follow, likely beginning in the summer of 2015. ( Log Out /  #MLSTL, Hi, Leanne – Thank you for your encouragement and your kind words. Here's what it says in the top right corner of the map: The low-traffic road route (with a bit of paved trail) that lets you cycle, run, walk or roll between Parksville and Qualicum Beach, via French Creek, without having to use the Highway. The Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail and the Columbia & Western Rail Trail is the longest rail trail network in British Columbia extending from Hope to Castlegar. Cheers! Hi, Helen – I am delighted to meet a fellow hiker, and Camino Trail walker. And to be able to access GOTR etc., in Coombs?! Coombstock looks like a great place. A ‘Freedom Rally’ will be be held Saturday, Dec. 19 at noon, starting at city hall in Parksville. RDN 50th Anniversary & Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail Opening Celebration Join the Regional District of Nanaimo Saturday, October 14th at Springwood Park in Parksville to celebrate fifty years of providing services in this region and take part in the official opening of the Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Hi, Marty – Thanks for reading and commenting. However, it is highly likely that you will spot an eagle (or two, or three), as well as hawks and a variety of other birds. Thank you for sharing and look forward to the next hike tomorrow. I hope that you and you and your friend enjoy the Coombs Railtrail. PQ Links Trail (Parksville - Qualicum links). What a fun trail. It is a 3 metre-wide tread surface trail finished with compacted gravel. I walked the Portuguese Coastal Camino last year and am determined to walk the Camino Frances next year – if travel restrictions lift! Trail map: Available at local bike shops and on Phil's Race Info and Maps Website: Arrowsmith Mountain Bike Club Points of interest: Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, beaches Other activities: Hiking Lodging: Parksville has several inns and other accommodations. , Hi Donna – those rail trails are brilliant aren’t they – Coombs sounds fun – I drove past … but no stopping. Three of them landed close by to where I was walking which made it easy for me to capture an okay-shot just by using my smartphone. 13.5kms long. Your posts are very inspiring to me and most others I’m sure! More reasons (as if I needed any) to return to VI as soon as we can. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. You have a wonderful way with words! It means a lot! So, it only made sense that we include this trail in our COVID-Camino (aka #30hikesin30days). . Even better. A blog about nature, home, community, books, writing, the environment, food, and rural life. Ride to Coombs using park & rail trails Starting from the main parking lot in Rathtrevor Park head up the paved access road. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Blog about our adventures as world travelers and expats living in Colombia. And as for eagles, we have many of them here on the Island, but you’re guaranteed to see them at the Transfer Station (garbage dump/landfill) that this trail passes by. , This is a fantastic challenge you have set yourselves, and a great idea! I love how communities are investing in accessible trails and rail trails are perfect for that. My mind is saying, “Let’s go!” My body is saying, “First, one more coffee!” , Your photos are beautiful on this series, Donna. Cost is in the $3-4 million range for the Parksville-Coombs stretch alone. ( Log Out /  Thanks, Terri – I greatly appreciate your kind words and encouragement. 1 h 55 m. This trail is primarily used for mountain biking, however, hikers can hike or run this if they want. Hi, Patrick – Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. It's located in British Columbia, Canada. City Services during COVID-19 City services continue to operate to support the community. Stop whatever you are doing and go right now!! Coombs is just down the road (and has a great fruit and vegetable stand) so we get there quite frequently….but usually by car! Day 5, you are killing it, and you captured an eagle with your lens!! Such a wonderful place to take visitors. . Learn how your comment data is processed. Be sure to get out to your local rail trail (and share those photos)! adding some great vistas and bird sightings into the mix and a yummy breakfast, sounds like a perfect day. Trail: Coombs-Parksville Railtrail This Trail was made possible by the assistance of Federal Gas Tax Funding. This rustic unpaved trail, just over three miles in length, runs along a route formerly used by the New York, Ontario, & Western Railway's Main Line through Parksville in Sullivan County, NY. Design work for 6km of rail trail, linking Parksville and Coombs, is planned to begin in the spring of 2014. Ah wondered when you’d highlight Coombs as I knew there was a walking trail along there. I’ll be sure to include the other one in an upcoming post! You two are wonders, that’s what you are. . Best of all, this trail is a safe and convenient way to travel between Parksville and Coombs on foot, bike, stroller, mobility scooter or horseback (ATV and motorcycles are not allowed). An additional $0.525M was made available from Community Work Funds. Difficulty: Very Easy. Wow, I’m so impressed by the distance you covered and the natural beauty. Perfect! The Coombs Wooden Shoe Dutch store has moved to a great location, still on the Alberni Highway, in the former Coombs General Store building. This Trail was made possible by the assistance of Federal Gas Tax Funding. Except for the first 200m of trail in Parksville's Springwood Park, the Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail is fully accessible. I hope that you enjoy these reflections, and will be willing to share your own. Isn’t it a cool place? Wildlife (and goats on a roof) are worth any distance hiked! Loved that the town was so pretty and that you got to eat out to celebrate at the end. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It is very helpful and greatly appreciated. 2 h 13 m. Pit2Pit, Daryl's, Jughead, and Dem Bones Loop. Totally tacky, totally a blast. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 1 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Length 17.1 miElevation gain 1102 ftRoute type Out & back That’s a massive step count so far. Something for everyone! The photos are stunning. Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. Take exit 51 off the highway. When preparing to hike the Via Francigena last summer, Richard and I did a dress-rehearsal (inclusive of full backpack and Italian lunch) along the Coombs-Parksville Railtrail. Another beautiful trail! Great photos! Coombs, BC, Canada Parksville, British Columbia, Canada Home to an eclectic seclection of art, clothing, gifts, & services. At the Coombs end, the Rail Trail starts across from Station Road and there are a number of spots where you can hop on. ( Log Out /  Police reported that first responders were called at approximately 3:15 p.m. to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Rupert Road, just west of Jones Street. Thank you for taking us along. Cassidy to Nanaimo. xx. Parksville, British Columbia. This will be part of the first phase of RDN Rail Trail development outside the municipalities. I’m loving the nature that you are surrounded by. Take care and loving your 30 day challenge – Hilary, Hi Donna – I hope my comment got through … love those train trails, then Coombs and the goat tower … fun – beautiful views too … all the best – Hilary. Five hikes completed. We have not been since this flu, of course. Show more. ( Log Out /  What a cool trail. We have eagles galore! It all looks like fun. Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet. There are numerous entry and exit points, as well as trail markers at each kilometre along the way. Hi, Janis – I like your thinking here. I have written these trails on this blog. It is hoped that it will eventually link up with the Trinity Skyline Trail. Our small town has two different ones. As you know Donna, I’m a rail trail enthusiast and this one looks great!! Last time we also saw vultures. They are now close to Goats on the Roof, a well-known landmark, and the big orange canopy on the front of the store is easy to identify. Amazing lookout just outside of Parksville, British Columbia. Then returned to Parksville. , Hi, Ann – You have been to Coombs for 40 years? moderate (8) Length: 4.7 mi • Est. Home to approximately 1,327 people and renowned for its Old Country Market featuring a family of goats living on the roof, Butterfly World which includes a small indoor … Except for the first 200 m of trail in Springwood which has an 8 % grade, the Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail is fully accessible, that is, no more than a 5 … Checked out the tourist trap. The best & most popular mountain biking trails in Parksville. I hope that all is well for you, Mark and Maya! Hi, Deb – Like you, I am extremely grateful for rail trails. I’m over on Gabriola Island and was looking to meet a friend from Port Alberni for a walk – this trail sounds ideal. . Starting from the beach near the main parking lot heading out the access road to the RDN trail to Top Bridge Park over the suspension bridge back down to the waterline trail along the railway tracks and out to Coombs. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Distance Walked: 15 km L.L. ❤. . Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. And yes, the landfill station is an excellent spot to see eagles, hawks and vultures. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The trail only officially opened Dec 23, 2016. Now I have come across goats on a roof, but would love to see a few eagles on my hikes , Hi, Sam – That’s another reason for you to come out this way. I am very grateful for ours. Fresh air, hawks, wildflowers, mountainous views, and coffee with a handsome man What is not to love about #5 of #30hikesin30days? Participants are encouraged to bring their own custom signs such as ‘No to mandatory masks’ or ‘No to Lockdown’. Hi Donna, What a beautiful trail and I’d love to see eagles and hawks. . Then take the left onto Little Mountain Road and drive to the top parking lot. Thanks, Anabel – We’ve also had our share of wet last month. You can park at the bottom of the hill and run up the steep incline in case your car can't make the 40 degree climb to the top. We often stop for an ice cream cone since many flavour options. Keep on truckin’ ! Again, not the most scenic views, but easy walking and Coombs is a true blast! Thanks for taking us along, Donna. Qualicum to Parksville Trail is a 17.1 mile out and back trail located near Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. Happy hiking. , I’m catching up to all of your daily posts today, Donna. (All true!) It’s a nice easy ride with almost no hills. And you have sunshine. Haven’t been to Coombs since 1980. I greatly appreciate it! Well - I should have anticipated this. The Regional District of Nanaimo allocated $2.676M. It definitely has my vote! This would like it is my kind of trail with minimal chance of getting lost. ( Log Out /  This 3-metre wide, compacted gravel path extends for 7 km (one way) and is fully accessible. Goat towers … love them and saw them in Portugal and South Africa – fun … totally bemusing, actually! It would be a pleasure for cyclists and pedestrians, maybe for horse-riders too, in places, with an unpaved path alongside it. I salute you and Richard! Coombs Village is located in Arrowsmith Country, west of Parksville BC, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Bike and Pedestrian Route. There's both the roadway and a separate walking/riding path, depending on your comfort with road riding. 2 Corinthians 4:16. Plotted with the plotaroute.com route planner. I like any trail that is easy and has something quirky along the way. #30hikesin30days, Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Estimated Cost: N/A. Parksville, BC is a sweet … Instead of ripping out the rails they built a trail parallel to the rail line. Hi, Jude – I agree that this is also an excellent bike path. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! So much to be grateful for! That looks like a gorgeous trail Donna…. I greatly appreciate it. I need a nap keeping up with reading your posts, Donna! Coombs Village is located west of Parksville BC, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. The trail is primarily used for running, nature trips, and road biking. , You are doing so well and it a challenge can become addictive can’t it, Donna? #MLSTL. The Regional District’s Parks and Trails Coordinator Joan Michel says the 6.7-kilometre Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail opened in late December, after crews starting building the three-metre wide path last spring. Parks and Trails in Qualicum, British Columbia, Canada. Oct. 1, 2020 12:00 a.m. News. We have 100 fully & partially serviced campsites, a pristine 2.5 acre lake, wooded bike trails, heated pool & much much more! 134 trails with 861 photos It is now the morning of Day 6. Cassidy. "This blog is like a box of chocolates. Trail planning and design may take up to a year, wrapping up in January 2015. Loving your photo’s and descriptions of the hikes too. This 3-metre wide, compacted gravel path extends for 7 km (one way) and is fully accessible. It was one of the highlights of our VF training. Coombs Creek Trail is a multiuse hard surface trail matching along Kessler Parkway between Stevens Park Golf Course and Kessler Parkway Park. , Hi Donna – your hiking inspires me – and there are so many lovely places around you to do it in! Rail Trail East 3 (GC71T3E) was created by Livingstonelookers on 3/8/2017. From Parksville, drive towards Coombs and turn left off of Bellevue Rd. Hi, Ally – Quirky is always fun. – Marty. From Parksville, it would run through the forest to Coombs and Port Alberni. - F.G. Suzanne's Life and Travel Musings from New Zealand and Beyond. Thanks, Antoinette – I greatly appreciate your kind words! Lots of fun to follow you and Richard along.xx, Hi, Erica – Oh, I forgot about the ice cream. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Thank you for continuing to follow along! I Hear the Sirens in the Street – Adrian McKinty. A diary of my life in rural north Suffolk. I am off to your site now. 25 more hikes to go. Thanks, Sue – I greatly appreciate all of the work that you and Leanne do for #MLSTL. Ride your bike to Goats on the Roof in Coombs from Rathtrevor Park & Campground. Route map for 'QB To Parksville To Coombs And Back' - a 27.62km cycle route near Qualicum Beach, CA. It is very motivating, and very much appreciated! The Coombs-Parksville Rail Trail was opened in late 2016. Trail to Coombs from Rathtrevor Park. If I want a quick and easy way to ensure that visitors get a good viewing of several eagles, I simply take them on the Coombs trail behind the SPCA. Thanks for reading and commenting. I greatly appreciate it. Hi, Hilary – Both of your comments came through. It's a Micro size geocache, with difficulty of 1.5, terrain of 2. It makes a wonderful difference to a community! Definitely a Coombs favourite!! The eclectic village is a popular attraction in the region because of the unique assortment of art, clothing, gifts, services and shops. Coombs looks like a funky place. #6 - Pit2Pit, Daryl's, Jughead, and Dem Bones Loop. Length: 4.5 mi • Est. Hi, Bernie – Coombs in a VERY COOL place. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can help answer any questions about any of these hikes. Passionate Teacher and Future Children's Author. Walk, run, or ride alone or in large groups; there's room for all. I greatly appreciate you following along! Totally agreed, Liesbet. 104,956 steps taken. Instead of ripping out the rails they built a trail parallel to the rail line. (For bottom trails stay straight on Bellevue until the end of the road. Opened for use in late 2016, this 3-metre wide, level and accessible gravel path serves as an exercise route for everyone. Pretty area and I’m still chuckling at “COVID-Camino! Let’s both keep our fingers crossed for July! A man with dyslexia writing about this and that and everything else! Parksville attractions for fun family adventures on Vancouver Island, BC. 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