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Mountain Biking and Hiking This Fall and Winter
Posted: Nov 8, 2023
Fall and winter in Parksville present a magical combination of crisp air, rustling leaves, and a call to the great outdoors. For those eager to explore the verdant forests and sweeping vistas of Vancouver Island, a host of trails beckon. Here, at the Oceanside Village Resort, we not only provide a cozy base for your adventures but are also ideally located close to some of the best mountain biking and hiking trails in the region.

Savor the Comfort of Oceanside Village Resort During Winter Months

Before we delve into the trails, it's worth noting how the resort itself morphs into a haven during the colder months. Every cabin at Oceanside Village Resort is equipped with a fireplace, casting a warm glow and offering a snug spot to relax after a day of adventures. The plush interiors, coupled with the gentle flicker of the fire, make for a perfect winter cocoon. Plus, our indoor swimming pool ensures that even the chilliest days have a splash of fun.

Notch Hill Loop: Panoramic Views and Gnarled Trees

This 2.9 km loop trail, located northwest of Nanaimo, is a delightful short hike that takes you uphill through a dense, picturesque forest. The trail is moderately steep but rewards hikers with unparalleled views of the Nanoose harbour and the sprawling landscapes of Nanaimo. The gnarled trees, unique to this forest, add a touch of mystique. Once at the summit, the panoramic views are nothing short of breathtaking.
  • Trailhead Location: Head northeast on Powder Point Road from Nanoose Bay for 3.4 km.
  • Trail Highlights: Steep inclines, twisted trees, and summit views of Nanoose Harbour.
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Hammerfest: A Cyclist's Paradise

For mountain biking aficionados, Hammerfest is a dream destination. Located by the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, this vast trail network offers a range from flowy cross-country loops to challenging downhill runs. Maintained by the Arrowsmith Cycling Club, the trails cover a whopping 70 km with a myriad of routes suitable for all skill levels.
  • Trailhead Location: Access from Errington Road, near the gate to Englishman River Falls Provincial Park.
  • Trail Highlights: Cross-country loops, downhill runs, proximity to Englishman River.
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Englishman River Falls Trails: Nature's Serenade

Nestled along the serene Englishman River, these trails promise encounters with two majestic waterfalls, deep canyons, and a lush canopy of old-growth forests. Ideal for families and leisure hikers, the well-marked trail guides visitors through the heart of Vancouver Island's diverse ecosystems. The falls, especially the lower one, offer a refreshing dip for the daring during summer months. The autumn, however, brings with it the spectacle of spawning salmon.
  • Trailhead Location: Explore from the trail near Errington, British Columbia.
  • Trail Highlights: Waterfalls, deep canyons, old-growth forests, and salmon viewings.
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In Conclusion

Whether you're a hiking enthusiast, a mountain biking pro, or someone seeking serene nature walks, the trails around Oceanside Village Resort promise memorable experiences. And after a day of outdoor adventures, return to the resort's comforting embrace, where warm fireplaces and tranquil surroundings await. Book your fall or winter getaway with us and immerse yourself in the best that Parksville has to offer.