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great hike lots of views. good easy trail.

Lovely easy walking short trail with many amazing views.

Nice walk on the spit! Morning of November 19th, 2018...

hiking
25 days ago

Went during low tide the walk is easier. Amazing opportunity for pics.

The trail to keep following the river is apparently closed, not sure why, signs say “do not hike beyond this point” not sure if advisory or illegal, but the trail was fine, without that it’s a very short loop, good views of waterfalls tho

hiking
2 months ago

Good for a simple short walk, once passed the industrial area some nice views of Nanaimo, keep your eyes on the water and you might see some seals

walking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with easy access. We saw some seals fishing just off the shore.

beautiful day and started at low tide just after sunrise. saw eagles, a few seabirds. very secluded. be wary of the tide - coming back was more challenging as the beach started to disappear!

walking
2 months ago

It is an amazing walk! Pet friendly and family friendly. This is a walk that I have went on ever since I was 5 years old. Amazing view and ocean!

Sand sucks, wear proper shoes.

2 months ago

Easy walk, great views, a number of well built stairs. Be careful of slippery sections. Would enjoyable during all tide conditions.

Nice long walk along the beach. Try to time it around low tide. The lighthouse is lovely with lots of historical information. We saw a small variety of sea birds but not as many as I had hoped. Overcast and drizzling, beautiful clouds but no views.

hiking
3 months ago

Interesting. Did this because raining at hurricane area and more clear below. Think we saw 2 small otters clinging to a kelp bed just offshore.

hiking
3 months ago

This was challenging for a relatively novice hiker but well worth the time. We hiked from sckultz falls to trestle, about 3 km. Phone died prior to walk so I left it in van to charge... no photos :(

Great trail but could mark the trails better.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views, easy walk with a few stairs in some places. The trail meanders around the water front, with breathtaking water views everywhere you look. Lots of benches and look out spots to stop and take in the scenery. I highly recommend this trail.

Short loop but well maintained and beautiful views.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a beautiful trail leading down to the water. Very peaceful and beautifully maintained.

The trail was marked as damaged from overuse.


The view of the waterfall was incredible. It is wide and tall. The bridge was stable and allowed views of both sides.

I’ve done this hike many times. It’s not long, and the falls are beautiful. We always head off the path at the top of the waterfalls and build an inuksuk.

3 months ago

easy walking. great views at the point.

A nice accessible walk with a few lovely views.

Nice easy stroll in the park with a relaxing feel. The lagoon is beautiful and this is a place worthy of repeat visits.

Nice trail, very easy. The swim in the lower falls was brisk but refreshing and the view of the upper falls was beautiful.

we hiked here in the evening, didn't have enough time to hike the whole thing but we enjoyed the 2 miles or so we did hike, trail starts out in the trees then goes down a large hill to the spit. good spot for bird watching, we saw bald eagles. nice ocean view with the mountains in the distance.

Make sure to check out swimming hole above upper falls, before brown wooden middle bridge down dirt path. Awesome!

hiking
4 months ago

Walking on the Spit was great. going out to the light house was way too much for me to do. Starting from the parking lot down to the beach, and out to the log stuck in the ground was 1.75 miles. Just enough for me to do. My wife as able to walk quit a distance more. The hill heading back up from the brach has an incline of about 40 deg. Quite steep. we than walked on the upper trails which was a lot flatter and easy to walk.
Getting on the spit there is a fee of 3$ for the day. well worth it.

Really nice scenery

Nice view and walk worth going for yourself

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