The Comox Valley offers fantastic walking and hiking trails for all levels
One of the best things about living in the Comox Valley is the opportunity to hit the trails any time of the year. From a laid-back stroll along the seaside to a dawn-to-dusk workout up Mount Albert Edwards, there is something for everyone in this Land of Plenty.
Relaxed routes abound throughout Comox Valley Parks
Trying to choose a favourite walking or light hiking trail in the Comox Valley is like choosing a favourite child – it simply can’t be done. I find the best approach is to think about where you want to wander. Seal Bay Park allows for ocean vistas among towering conifers, Wildwood and One-Spot Trails offer that meadowy-country feel, while the Lazo Wildlife Park appeals because of the interesting flora and fauna.
Then again, why not check out the Comox Valley Regional District’s Parks page for a good list describing locations and attractions of various Valley parks? Start at the top and do them all!
A mix of hiking opportunities at Mount Washington’s Paradise Meadows
The trails that make up Paradise Meadows are varied both in terms of length and difficulty, but their beauty is consistent. Ranging from three to more than twenty kilometers in distance, they’re well worth the drive up the mountain. So pack a lunch and make a day of it! Make sure you’re prepared for alpine conditions and, of course, if you’re thinking about heading up between November and March, you’d better pack snowshoes, too!
Looking for a hiking challenge? Strathcona Provincial Park hits the mark
There are numerous advanced hikes within the snow-capped peaks of Strathcona Park. BC’s oldest provincial park offers hikers both day trip and overnight backpacking challenges. Mount Albert Edwards and the Comox Glacier are perennial local favourites that will test even experienced hikers. Like with any remote hiking areas, these trails are not necessarily maintained, natural hazards exist and weather conditions can change quickly, so plan accordingly!
Whatever your ability or energy level, you can find a trail to fit the bill within the Comox Valley.