August 26, 2015

Little Qualicum River Regional Park

Recently while visiting the east side of Vancouver Island, we went for a walk through Little Qualicum River Regional Park near Parksville.

Little Qualicum River Regional Park is part of the Regional District of Nanaimo, and was acquired by the district in 1999.

The park runs along both sides of the Little Qualicum River immediately downstream from the much larger Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. The two parks connect through hiking trails, though I'm not sure we ever found the connection. I'm not sure we were even looking for a connection.

The regional park is 44 ha in size and is largely undeveloped, with various trails, of varying degrees of difficulty, all leading somewhere, and some obviously to the little river itself.

The regional park is largely undeveloped, though there are camp sites, and several walking trails. And the trails are quite invigorating, for exercise and for the sheer beauty of the park. There are many birds to be heard and sometimes seen, and a variety of animals can be stumbled upon, including, though not on our visit, bear, deer and cougar.

And Canada's most dangerous spiders, which are small yet highly poisonous. Which we did see. Often, as it turned out.

Photos by Jeem. Copyright 2015 by Jim Murray.

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