We like to do this one on our bikes, with a stop for lunch in Coombs. Hi, Jo – I share your gratitude in the investment in accessible trails and rail trails. I need a nap keeping up with reading your posts, Donna! This would like it is my kind of trail with minimal chance of getting lost. It's located in British Columbia, Canada. The photos are stunning. - F.G. Suzanne's Life and Travel Musings from New Zealand and Beyond. Hi, Janis – I like your thinking here. An additional $0.525M was made available from Community Work Funds. Views from this trail are not as diverse or as stunning as others that we have hiked. Share Village Way Path. Thanks, Antoinette – I greatly appreciate your kind words! I’m loving the nature that you are surrounded by. Hi, Marty – Thanks for reading and commenting. Thanks for reading and commenting. It means a lot! Stop whatever you are doing and go right now!! View all posts by Rick Mc. Another beautiful trail! Passionate Teacher and Future Children's Author. 134 trails with 861 photos Approximately 7 km of 3 metre-wide tread surface trail finished with compacted high fines gravel. We often stop for an ice cream cone since many flavour options. 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. Plotted with the plotaroute.com route planner. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I am grateful to live in an area that values and encourages outdoor recreation, and puts money towards these values. Thank you for taking us along. It is an awesome community! I greatly appreciate it! Keep on truckin’ ! ( Log Out / It was one of the highlights of our VF training. This Trail was made possible by the assistance of Federal Gas Tax Funding. I remember Coombs and the goats! Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail - Updates & Status. ❤. Great photos! Cassidy to Nanaimo. Colin Michael Lucien Jonathan Nelson’s Blog. The best & most popular mountain biking trails 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. The descriptions are very helpful. A blog about nature, home, community, books, writing, the environment, food, and rural life. Change ). Coombs looks like a funky place. 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. Perfect! #MLSTL. Learn how your comment data is processed. You have a wonderful way with words! Your posts are very inspiring to me and most others I’m sure! Walking Time: 3 h 9 m Camping: Englishman River Falls Provincial Park has 130 sites and Rathtrevor Provincial Park 150 sites , You are doing so well and it a challenge can become addictive can’t it, Donna? Coombstock looks like a great place. Fresh air, hawks, wildflowers, mountainous views, and coffee with a handsome man What is not to love about #5 of #30hikesin30days? Let’s both keep our fingers crossed for July! Coombs Creek Trail is a multiuse hard surface trail matching along Kessler Parkway between Stevens Park Golf Course and Kessler Parkway Park. As you know Donna, I’m a rail trail enthusiast and this one looks great!! L.L. The ride up Laburnum is one of the most serene but gruelling rides in the area. It all looks like fun. It’s a nice easy ride with almost no hills. Definitely a Coombs favourite!! Something for everyone! Opened for use in late 2016, this 3-metre wide, level and accessible gravel path serves as an exercise route for everyone. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. So much to be grateful for! Thanks, Terri – Thank you for taking the time to give such meaningful feedback. I hope that all is well for you, Mark and Maya! Cost is in the $3-4 million range for the Parksville-Coombs stretch alone. Wow, I’m so impressed by the distance you covered and the natural beauty. PQ Links Trail (Parksville - Qualicum links). Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. PARKSVILLE — A multi-purpose trail described as a “game-changer” linking Parksville and Coombs has opened. HI, Gwen – Thank you so much for stopping by, reading and commenting. Find the right bike route for you through Parksville, where we've got 97 cycle routes to explore. Parksville attractions for fun family adventures on Vancouver Island, BC. 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). Hi, Deb – The eagles out here are incredible. 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 … Totally tacky, totally a blast. ( Log Out / More reasons (as if I needed any) to return to VI as soon as we can. Last time we also saw vultures. I’m always looking for new trails! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. (For bottom trails stay straight on Bellevue until the end of the road. Instead of ripping out the rails they built a trail parallel to the rail line. Be sure to get out to your local rail trail (and share those photos)! . To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. . Hi, Patrick – Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. We have not been since this flu, of course. View all posts by Retirement Reflections. – Marty. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! This Trail was made possible by the assistance of Federal Gas Tax Funding. Totally agreed, Liesbet. 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. It works like magic every single time! So, it only made sense that we include this trail in our COVID-Camino (aka #30hikesin30days). I love seeing all the bald eagles. You two are wonders, that’s what you are. Design work for 6km of rail trail, linking Parksville and Coombs, is planned to begin in the spring of 2014. A 52-year-old Coombs man is dead following a head-on collision on Thursday, Dec. 17 in Qualicum Beach. I hope that you and you and your friend enjoy the Coombs Railtrail. Enjoy the beauty. Lots of fun to follow you and Richard along.xx, Hi, Erica – Oh, I forgot about the ice cream. What a cool trail. Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Cassidy. What a fun trail. Thanks, Terri – I greatly appreciate your kind words and encouragement. I passed by Goats on the Roof on my way from Parksville to Tofino. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I think that sometimes WP just likes to mess with us. It makes a wonderful difference to a community! Our small town has two different ones. It is very helpful and greatly appreciated. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. City Services during COVID-19 City services continue to operate to support the community. And yes, the landfill station is an excellent spot to see eagles, hawks and vultures. Ah wondered when you’d highlight Coombs as I knew there was a walking trail along there. Then returned to Parksville. "This blog is like a box of chocolates. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can help answer any questions about any of these hikes. Walk, run, or ride alone or in large groups; there's room for all. 2 h 13 m. Pit2Pit, Daryl's, Jughead, and Dem Bones Loop. One of my bucket list photos! Parks and Trails in Qualicum, British Columbia, Canada. I like any trail that is easy and has something quirky along the way. 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. Ok I will add this to my list. The 1.5-mile hike and bike path provides access to the Trinity River levee, as well as the Oak Cliff neighborhood. Hi, Hilary – Both of your comments came through. Checked out the tourist trap. ( Log Out / Parksville Mountain Bike, E-Bike, Hike, Trail Running trails, British Columbia. I rode the 7km from Parksville out to Coombs. I hope that all is well for you and Gorgeous! Retired and Enjoying Life From the Slow Lane, Taking steps to live a healthy and enriched life. A ‘Freedom Rally’ will be be held Saturday, Dec. 19 at noon, starting at city hall in Parksville. We have eagles galore! 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. . To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 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. Length 17.1 miElevation gain 1102 ftRoute type Out & back Coombs Village is located west of Parksville BC, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. I was chatting with Erica and she mentioned how much she enjoyed your posts. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The trail is primarily used for running, nature trips, and road biking. Cost is in the $3-4 million range for the Parksville-Coombs stretch alone. ( Log Out / I greatly appreciate it. 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 % grade. , Hi Donna thanks for linking up at #MLSTL and I’m loving your daily posts on your 30 hikes in 30 days. Parksville, BC is a sweet … 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. I salute you and Richard! Coombs Village is located in Arrowsmith Country, west of Parksville BC, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. , This is a fantastic challenge you have set yourselves, and a great idea! Trail: Coombs-Parksville Railtrail You are doing great with your hike challenge. Instead of ripping out the rails they built a trail parallel to the rail line. #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). That looks like a gorgeous trail Donna…. Halfway up the hill there is a bench on the left hand side with a trail behind it. Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet. . I Hear the Sirens in the Street – Adrian McKinty. Then take the left onto Little Mountain Road and drive to the top parking lot. Coombs Country Campground CCC is a 34 acre RV park & campground located 5 mins from both Parksville & Qualicum Beach on the way to Tofino. It definitely has my vote! And to be able to access GOTR etc., in Coombs?! There are numerous entry and exit points, as well as trail markers at each kilometre along the way. It is now the morning of Day 6. A man with dyslexia writing about this and that and everything else! 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. I am off to your site now. Thanks for sharing it with us. 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 will be part of the first phase of RDN Rail Trail development outside the municipalities. Even better. The eclectic village is a popular attraction in the region because of the unique assortment of art, clothing, gifts, services and shops. 1 h 55 m. This trail is primarily used for mountain biking, however, hikers can hike or run this if they want. Isn’t it a cool place? ( Log Out / Pretty area and I’m still chuckling at “COVID-Camino! I see at least 1 flying around every time I sit out on my balcony. 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. The first sections of trail, totalling approximately 10km, will connect the City of Parksville with Coombs and with French Creek. Hi, Bernie – Coombs in a VERY COOL place. 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. From Parksville, it would run through the forest to Coombs and Port Alberni. Thank you for continuing to follow along! I remember that you posted your hikes daily, Donna. As this trail runs directly behind the Parksville-Qualicum SPCA, where Richard and I volunteer, we have been on it numerous times before (usually with a dog in-tow). Most people get on their bikes to ride here in the months of July and August. Thanks for taking us along, Donna. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I’ll be sure to include the other one in an upcoming post! This 3-metre wide, compacted gravel path extends for 7 km (one way) and is fully accessible. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. , I’m catching up to all of your daily posts today, Donna. 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. Laburnum road eventually turns onto Rupert rd, with a very interesting riding trail at the corner of the turn on Laburnum. There's both the roadway and a separate walking/riding path, depending on your comfort with road riding. 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 … There are numerous entry and exit points, as well as trail markers at each kilometre along the way. Hi, Ally – Quirky is always fun. Hi, Jude – I agree that this is also an excellent bike path. I have written these trails on this blog. 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. What a great hike! As we get nearer to moving north, I’m very interested in seeing the scenery! Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." Haven’t been to Coombs since 1980. It follows the south side of the E&N tracks between Coombs and Parksville. moderate (8) Length: 4.7 mi • Est. The Coombs-Parksville Rail Trail was opened in late 2016. I am very grateful for ours. ❤ . Ride to Coombs using park & rail trails Starting from the main parking lot in Rathtrevor Park head up the paved access road. Thanks, Laurie – Your comments do truly make me smile. 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. Were your ears burning earlier today? Cheers! Nice that you were able to re-visit it this year. . . 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. My mind is saying, “Let’s go!” My body is saying, “First, one more coffee!” , Your photos are beautiful on this series, Donna. A diary of my life in rural north Suffolk. , Hi, Ann – You have been to Coombs for 40 years? 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. Loving your photo’s and descriptions of the hikes too. Bike and Pedestrian Route. It's 7 kilometres from Springwood Park in Coombs is a small community situated on provincial highway 4A west of Parksville. 104,956 steps taken. Their cones are HUGE!! 1/6th of the way there , Hi, Lisa – I love the way that you think. Pretty cool! Interesting that you have a rail trail (like Deb has in Tumbarumba) and I found out that there’s one not far from me too – it’s in my one-day list to check it out. I need a nap just reading about it! . Show more. Route map for 'QB To Parksville To Coombs And Back' - a 27.62km cycle route near Qualicum Beach, CA. That’s a massive step count so far. And you have sunshine. Happy hiking. It's a Micro size geocache, with difficulty of 1.5, terrain of 2. It is very motivating, and very much appreciated! I think I need a nap! Change ). Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The Rail Trail is multi-use and NO ATVs, DIRT BIKES OR OTHER MOTORIZED VEHICLES ARE PERMITTED. We got wet today . , Hi Donna – your hiking inspires me – and there are so many lovely places around you to do it in! We have 100 fully & partially serviced campsites, a pristine 2.5 acre lake, wooded bike trails, heated pool & much much more! Trail to Coombs from Rathtrevor Park. This trail offers access to either Coombs or Parksville (depending on where you start). Well - I should have anticipated this. I greatly appreciate you following along! Hi, Natalie – The eagles in that area are quite confident. #6 - Pit2Pit, Daryl's, Jughead, and Dem Bones Loop. The Regional District of Nanaimo allocated $2.676M. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I’m over on Gabriola Island and was looking to meet a friend from Port Alberni for a walk – this trail sounds ideal. Goat towers … love them and saw them in Portugal and South Africa – fun … totally bemusing, actually! #MLSTL, Hi, Leanne – Thank you for your encouragement and your kind words. Approximately 7 km of 3 metre-wide tread surface trail finished with compacted high fines gravel. It follows the south side of the E&N tracks between Coombs and Parksville. Estimated Cost: N/A. 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