7 Trails for 7 Days In Campbell River
“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 too many picturesque trails to hike and bike, breathtaking views, peaceful forests and mountains to climb for someone to spend only a few days exploring. So pack the camera, 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: Elk Falls Provincial Park
Known for its picture-ready views, this is a great spot to kick off the week. Explore the extensive 6km trail network, start with the classic walk down to the suspension bridge that overlooks Elk Falls, then continue to the upper trails to marvel at the old growth trees and walk along the river. Or start on the Canyon View Trail in the lower portion of the park. Use the Millennium trail to connect the two trails.
After a day at Elk Falls Provincial Park, 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, don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the ocean views. Whales have been known to swim through the passage so you never know what you may see!
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.
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 the Oyster River, ocean and mountains are all part of a casual stroll at this spot just south of Campbell River. You’ll want to pack your camera to capture all the beautiful views!
Sunday: Your choice. There’s plenty.
Seriously, there’s a lot. Don’t forget to take lots of photos and 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!