7 Trails for 7 Days In Campbell River
Photo: Chris Istace – Summit of Kings Peak Strathcona Park
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” -John Muir
You’re going to need a full week in Campbell River. There are just too many stashed-away, breathtaking trails to bike and too many sweeping and spectacular paths to hike for someone to spend only a few days exploring. So pack the hiking boots, tune up the mountain bike (or schedule a rental) and make your way to Campbell River. Here are some daily suggestions to help you cover some of the coolest kilometres in Canada on your next trip to our slice of the wild. We’ll see you on the trails.
Monday: Woods Creek Mountain Bike trails
Home to seven trails of various terrain and gradient, Woods Creek is an explorer’s paradise. Traverse bridges, logs and winding corners on the more challenging trails and just cruise through the forest on the easier cross country trails.
After a day at Woods Creek, you may want to plan an easy recovery day. The Sea-Walk biking lanes run from Willow Point to Downtown Campbell River and offer spectacular views of both the beach and the mountains. The Sea-Walk is completely paved and can be done on foot or on two wheels. Whatever activity you choose, make sure to go slow. Whales have been spotted from this famous Campbell River path.
Wednesday and Thursday: Snowden Forest
Why does Snowden Forest get two days on our list? Because you can’t possibly cover all 100km of its amazing biking trails in just one day. The area’s rock bluffs and dense forest are a favourite amongst mountain bikers in BC and the well-marked trails make a visit to this expansive spot easy to navigate for first-time visitors. There is also an annual Snowden Trail Challenge event every year, that shouldn’t be missed by newcomers or experienced riders and runners.
Friday: Beaver Lodge Lands
Century-old trees cover the 415 hectares of land and trails at this hiking location that’s just as popular amongst locals as it is visitors. These lands are some of the first forest plantations in British Columbia and wildlife has taken quite a liking to the area. The well-maintained paths are accompanied by eagles, owls, deer and occasionally black bears.
Saturday: Oyster River Nature Park
Good things come in small packages and that is certainly true at Oyster River Nature Park. The area’s trails wind through just 20 acres of protected lands, but they pack a powerful punch. Views of floodplains, ocean and mountains are all part of a casual stroll at this spot just south of Campbell River. Go during warmer months and the smells from the abundant wildflowers are free, just like the hike is year round.
Sunday: Your choice. There’s plenty.
Seriously, there’s a lot. Don’t forget to share your experiences and #discovercampbellriver on your adventures!
Please be mindful when exploring, look up current conditions, check in the Local Visitor Centre and ensure that you are implementing best practices. Always let someone know where you’re going, you can look at AdventureSmart for tips when heading into the outdoors, and always follow the Leave No Trace principles. Happy travels!