Pachena Bay Campgroundis mostly made up of beach front sites (or at least a few steps from this beautiful beach) and is about 20 mins from Bamfield. There are two routes you can take to get to Pachena. The Port Alberni route is about an hour and a half on a gravel road, or through Youbou, which is 2 and a half hours. The Pachena Bay Campground is owned and operated by the Huu-ay-aht First Nations community. This is also the head of the world-famous West Coast Trail.
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 …
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.
As the summer heats up many local Nanaimoites adventure out to Nanaimo river to cool off. Considered one of the best steelhead rivers in the country, it is also a plethora of amazing swimming holes. Some are easy to find and can become quite busy on the sunny hot days, some take a bit of hiking to access but on thing is for sure - it's the best swimming Nanaimo has.
In 2000 The Land Conservancy of Canada acquired a 56 hectare property near the Nanaimo Airport. This park is one of the few remaining natural forests along the lower portion of Nanaimo River. A developed trail network provides the outdoor enthusiast plenty of space to walk, run, cycle and swim.
There are a ton of family friendly spots, including near the Bungy Zone or in Cedar near the fire station where the water tends to be calmer. The "trestle" (up Nanaimo River Rd) tends to be more young adult orientated as well as "Yellow Gate" (the gate is actually red now) these spots used to be less busy bu…