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Access the trail systems of some of British Columbia's most revered Provincial Parks.
A Family-Friendly Option Nearby
For family-friendly hiking close to Parksville Qualicum Beach, visit Englishman River Falls Provincial Park. Three kilometres of trails weave through the old-growth trees and offer payoff views of the upper and lower falls. In the summertime, locals like to cool off in the clear, deep waters of the swimming hole below the lower falls.
A Bucket-List Hike
The historic Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail is about a one-hour drive from Parksville Qualicum Beach and a must-see for hikers. This trail was created in 1912 by the Canadian Pacific Railway and winds its way up Mount Arrowsmith for 10 kilometres.
Hikers can take the four-to-five hour loop hike called Judge's Route to reach lush meadows and alpine ponds with spectacular views of the island. With the proper equipment and expertise, more adventurous climbers can continue to ascend the summit at 1,819 meters.
Learn more about all the inspiring parks and hiking trails you can explore here.
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