The Harewood Plains in Nanaimo B.C is home to second growth forest and open meadows and highlights an amazing view of south Nanaimo. It is bordered by Harewood Mines Road, 10th St and McKeown in Chase River. It can be accessed via Harewood Mines road just past Rimrock Trail, or at the end of McKeown Way the first right off of Chase River road past the elementary school.
The Harewood Plains area is privately owned by stakeholders Island Timberlands and the BC Transmission Corporation (they maintain the transmission lines throughout this area). The area contains some rare plants, 10 rare plant species that are considered endangered or threatened. One extremely rare plant called the meadow bird's foot trefoil (Lotus pinnatus), is only found on the Harewood Plains and in a small area in Duncan.
This area is unprotected and at risk for being destroyed by motorized vehicles and people walking off-trail. It is important to respect the land and stay on designated trails. We entered …
Since prawning is open year round (in most areas always check the BC Sport Fishing Guide to learn of possible closures in your area)my dad and I decided to brave the unpredictable winter weather and head out just off of Neck Point Park to drop some prawn traps.
There are actually 6 species of shrimp/prawns that thrive off the British Columbia coast, but we were after the largest of the species; the local spot prawn. Large females can exceed 23 cm in total length! You can tell a spot prawn by 3 distinct white horizontal bars on their head area and two white spots on their first and fifth abdominal segment. Prawns are male in their second and third year, then becomes female in the third or fourth year, eggs can be found on the underside of their abdomen Oct - March. For conservation purposes it is suggested that these egg bearing prawns be returned to the ocean.
You can catch prawns via traps, ring nets or spear while diving. The daily limit for prawns is 200. You must obtain a licence…
There are two Wildplay Element parks in British Columbia, one located in Whistler B.C and the other in Nanaimo B.C located on beautiful Vancouver Island.
I had the opportunity to check out the Tree course (called Tree-Go) and thought I would share my experience.
The full course costs $39.99 or if you are doing the kids course, $19.99. Depending on the size of your group you may be eligible for group pricing.
The course includes a natural obstacle course within the environment including zip lines, suspended bridges, scramble nets, swinging logs and much more. It's takes about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete the entire course. (Which we were unable to do, since we had some slow people ahead).
It's important to always make sure you are clipped onto something with your safety harness at all times or you will be banned from the course.
I would personally suggest going in groups of 10 or less and try to go early in the day because it does get extremely busy on weekends.