From here, it is easy to navigate the trail to Timberlands Road, where the Cowichan Valley Trail ends - and the regional district of Nanaimo begins! The new trail should be very obvious, however. Note, GPX files do not contain custom colours and icons that we use on our maps; all tracks and icons will appear the same colour and styles. Trail maintenance issues are the responsibility of the Trail Steward, which is either the trail owner or a group given authorization to perform maintenance work. The route is easy to follow and accessible to virtually all levels of physical fitness. North end (N48 49.328 W124 03.097) - The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has set up a nice spit cedar fence to mark the access to the trail. The segment in Stocking Creek Park connects Chemainus to the south and Ladysmith to the north. The main feature in Askew Park is Askew Creek and the 8 kilometres of walking trails with sightseeing and resting benches. Features: The most fabulous ride in the Cowichan region. Loved the ride through the forest with thrilling ravine crossings and a few glimpses of the Cowichan River.  Twitter, The Trails Society of British Columbia Cowichan Valley c28(a&b) Nanaimo c29; Langford-Mill Bay-Shawnigan Lake c49; Victoria Seaside Touring c50 (39 km) Victoria-Cowichan-Salt Spring c51 (180 km) Saanich-Esquimalt-Victoria c52 (10-88 km) Lower Mainland. Go to the end of Robertson Road near Duncan. Sometimes BC Parks does maintenance on the section of trail that runs through the Cowichan River Provincial Park, but it's not technically their responsibility as the trail is technically outside the park boundaries. Open in your Google Maps app. Get ready for your next trail adventure with maps, directions, GPS downloads and more! The view along the Stocking Creek Park portion of the Cowichan Valley Trail in Chemainus.Submitted by Chris Istace There’s more to come. Vancouver Island (Shawnigan Webservices Inc., tourism-related business listings) News article here.This new 4.3 km section connects Chemainus in the South with Saltair in the North. North Cowichan is approved to receive $282,433 toward the Chemainus Road Multi-Modal Improvements Project that connects to the neighbouring Cowichan Valley Trail. trailsbc (at )trailsbc.ca An elderly widow in the Cowichan Valley lost $5,000 through a telephone and computer scam, and could have lost a lot more if her daughter hadn’t intervened. This short but rewarding trail provides amazing views from high on top of the bluffs of Sansum Narrows nestled between Maple Bay and Cowichan Bay. Located in the southern section of Vancouver Island, Cowichan Valley includes the communities of Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Station, Maple Bay, Crofton, Chemainus, Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake, Mill Bay, and Ladysmith. Surface: Gravel and hard dirt, some sand and rocks, but OK for a hybrid bike. Guide and map Distance: 122 Km, but there are several access points for shorter rides. At the CRD/CVRD boundary, an information kiosk provides mapping and information about the trails. Fields & Parks. Yes - you do miss a great deal of the Trans Canada Trail - but it may be a very wise decision for all but the toughest and most stubborn cyclists. Though closed and abandoned for many years, the Trans Canada Trail Foundation and partners throughout the region came together to oversee its restoration. Totem Tour Self Guided Walk – Allow 1 hour. Click the grey star at the top of the map to favourite it in Google Maps, so you can pull it up later in your Google Maps app's "My Places". Parts of the trails parallel the Cowichan Valley Trail. North Cowichan is home to over 50 parks with a myriad of features, accessibility and more. An excellent trail map is offered by the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). There is an amazing site including picnic tables and washrooms. Cowichan Valley Trail. Equestrian use is permitted in many areas, but not everywhere. Trails BC is a trail steward for a very limited number of trail segments on the Trans Canada Trail; unfortunately, if a major trail issue occurs along the Trans Canada Trail, there is often very little we can do about it - but we can try to pass on the information to the trail steward, if one exists. A new rail track link was recently established by the CVRD from Cowichan Lake to Duncan in the spring of 2011. Dogs are also able to use this trail. If you're reading this because you've already travelled that trail and find yourself at the CRD/CVRD boundary - good for you! The most spectacular, the curved Kinsol Trestle is the crowning gem of the region. Triathlon BC announces the Cowichan Challenge Triathlon, … Safety: Safe off-road cycling. Find the Trans Canada Trail nearest to you! “It was a loud, noisy dirt bike and he didn’t like it,” MacLeod says. However, generally all maintenance is performed by the operator, the Cowichan Valley Regional District: Important note! Chemainus Elementary students sang a rendition of John Denver’s “Country Roads,” renaming it “Country Trails.” From here, there are two bypass routes which can be followed. We rode from Glenora to Trestle 66. The Cowichan Valley Trail is a spectacular multi-use trail that is an integral part of the Trans-Canada Trail route on Southern Vancouver Island. Sunday, June 14, 2020. From Cook, one must follow the main roadway north to Stocking Creek (200 metres north of Saltair Road). To connect the entire Cowichan Valley region, a 12-kilometre stretch from just south of Chemainus to Highway 18 near Somenos Road needs to be built. Posted on June 30, 2014 by Bob & Patty Jackson. Finch Place offers access to the Cowichan Valley Trail. The hardest part is certainly over. When it ends at the highway, find the trail heading south, leading downhill to a tunnel under the highway. To stay on the TCT, turn right on Methuen St. British Columbia The Cowichan Valley Trail starting from the Mt. I have lived in the Cowichan Valley for over 30 years and never heard of this Scenic Route. It should be noted that the Cowichan Valley Regional District does NOT have a license to maintain the section of trail from Glenora Station (north of the Kinsol Trestle) to the town of Lake Cowichan. Posted April 27, 2019 -- Notice affects Cowichan Valley area -- A new section of Trans Canada Trail / The Great Trail in the Cowichan Valley has been officially opened. Length … Please note: This park is cooperatively managed by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Closures or obstacles along the trail - especially ones that are safety concerns or block users from passing through. North of the trestle, the trail winds its way through Cowichan River Provincial Park. The rail trail is known as the Cowichan Valley Trail, which is the Cowichan Valley Regional District's contribution to the Trans Canada Trail along with the Cowichan River Park section makes for a spectacular multi-use trail and an integral part of the TCT route on Southern Vancouver Island. Trans Canada Trail: East Kootenay & Rockies, North Burnaby / Vancouver Bike Loop (60 km), Victoria-Cowichan-Salt Spring c51 (180 km), Saanich-Esquimalt-Victoria c52 (10-88 km), BC Parkway-Central Valley Greenways Loop c36a, S Burnaby-S Van-Lulu Is Richmond-Queensborough Loop c34a, Port Mann-Golden Ears-Pitt Bridges Loop c41, Port Mann-Alex Fraser-Queensborough Bridges Loop 41a, Musqueam Cycle Loop: Point Gray and Vicinity, North Burnaby-Vancouver with sub-loops c53, South Vancouver-Burnaby & N.W Loops/sub-loops c54, Vernon to Kelowna and Kelowna Cycle Loops, Crippen Regional Park and Lakes Bowen Island w6a, Crystal Falls-Burke Mountain Village Community Loops w27, Bridges found along our trail system in Metro Vancouver, Waiver to participate in Trails BC Meetups, Cheam Cycle Journey: Othello-Hope to Agassiz for FraserFEST 2020, Kwantlen cycle Journey: Dewdney to Glen Valley for FraserFEST 2020, Kwikwetlem Cycle Journey: Three Bridges Loop FraserFEST 2020, Shawnigan Lake to Lake Cowichan on the TCT t56, Chemainus to Haslam Creek Suspension Bridge on the TCT t58, Nanaimo River to Departure Bay on the TCT t59, Wedgewood to Whistler Train Station on the TCT t60, Chekkamus Canyon to Shannon Falls on the TCT t62, Dundarave to Lonsdale Quay (2 ways) on the TCT t63, Coal Harbour to Science World on the TCT t64, New Brighton Park to Lafarge Lake on the TCT t65, Lafarge Lake to the Fort at Fort Langley on the TCT t66, Douglas Taylor Park to Wilband Park on the TCT t69, Cemetery on the Discovery Trail to Lickman Rd on the TCT t70, Chilliwack Fraser River Dikes on the TCT t71, Cultus Lake to Tamihi Rec Site on the TCT t72, Chilliwack Lake to Thurston Rec Site on the TCT t73, Hope Tourist Info to Othello on the TCT t74, Trout Creek Trestle to Glenfir Station on the TCT t53, Cowichan Valley Regional District's "Cowichan Valley Trail" page, Cowichan Valley Trail - Entire Region.pdf, Feature Trans Canada Trail segments and other iconic short and extended journeys, Equestrian Route (May Allow Cyclists/Walkers), Obstacle or Warning (click it for details), Connection Point to the Trans Canada Trail. Do keep in mind the CVRD does not have a maintenance license (or mandate) to maintain the section of rail trail from Glenora to Cowichan Lake (see comments above in "Trail Operator"). The trail which often uses abandoned rail tracks and wooden bridges, such as the Kinsol Trestle, is fairly flat and provides a well packed and sometimes paved terrain. (604) 942-6768. Feature Trans Canada Trail segments and other iconic short and extended journeys. Chemainus Lake. For cyclists hauling trailers or panniers, it may well be in your best interests to use our Bypass Route, particuarly for those travelling south (the grades between Sooke Lake Road and the CRD watershed are especially tough in this direction. If the blockage/closure can be bypassed, please include your recommended route to do so! If you need to report a closure on such a trail, please determine the trail owner or operator and send a notice to them. AGAIN, DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT NOTICES ABOUT TRAILS THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL. The files below include data for only this specific area. The trail ends abruptly 2.5 km later at the golf course. Become a member, volunteer, trail steward or just get in touch. Information such as a precise location (GPS waypoint), photo, as well as your contact information is extremely helpful to ensure the problem is accurately reported, and so we can follow up with you. They are on blue, narrow road signs as you travel from the Saltair to Chemainus Road or vice-versa. Horses are also able to use this trail. This is where you can start to ride on nice, flat rail trail!  Instagram Chemainus and The Cowichan Valley Trail. Suitable for children.  Facebook Covering over 132 km in the Cowichan Valley, the trail also traverses some villages like Chemainus and Ladysmith. On June 30th we took the Vesuvius Ferry over to Crofton and drove south to the town of Lake Cowichan. Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus, BC to Saltair BC and then to Transfer Beach Park in Ladysmith, BC is approximately 14 kilometres one-way. There are two entrances to Stocking Creek Park, both of which can be approached from Chemainus Road: Mid-way (N48 45.434 w123 47.597) - This is a good parking lot for a day trip going either way. To discover our parks for yourself we encourage you to click onto Google Maps, to see our Online Parks Map.Alternatively, we have a Parks - Recreation - Trails Map available for pick-up at the Visitor Centres, our Facilities or view it here [PDF - 992 KB]. From the trestle, it's 36 km of forested rail trail until reaching the westernmost point of the Trans Canada Trail at Lake Cowichan. “I can confirm the coroner was notified of a death in Chemainus on Sunday, Nov. 15 and is currently investigating to determine the facts surrounding the death,” read an email statement from the BC Coroners Service. The project includes pedestrian facilities, actuated crossings, protected bicycle parking and accessibility improvements. Chemanus Murals. And also, we can post the information to our site to warn other trail users. The trail also passes through quaint seaside villages such as Saltair, Chemainus and Ladysmith. Please enter your trail closure report. Dogs are also able to use this trail. We hope you took the fork to the left - and if so, the gravel trail begins to follow the gas pipeline towards Somenos. Construction of Saltair’s portion of the Cowichan Valley Trail Trail will be connected from Cook street in Chemainus and run parallel along side of the E&N rail line to Old Victoria Road cross the train tracks and continue beside the rail line to Stocking Creek Park. New Trail Opening: Saltair-Chemainus (Cowichan Valley) Posted April 27, 2019 -- Notice affects Cowichan Valley area -- A new section of Trans Canada Trail / The Great Trail in the Cowichan Valley has been officially opened. One of the most popular places to visit in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island is the world famous mural town of Chemainus. At the south end, it connects to the Galloping Goose just north of downtown at Interurban Road. Ladysmith is a great place to spend the night or to stop for lunch and supplies. 1247 Charter Hill Drive BEWARE: the signs to the entrance locations are not all that visible. Trails BC appreciates being kept aware of any issues along the trail as well. The Cowichan Valley Trail is a spectacular multi-use trail that is an integral part of The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) route on Southern Vancouver Island. Enjoy!!! Trail will run beside the old E&N railway Continue north on the trail, descending down, down, down into the valley. There are many trails meandering through the rainforest that lead to the creek and to the falls. Disclaimer: This trail information is subject to changes. When approaching Duncan, the trail splits, and the TCT takes the fork to the LEFT, leaving the rail corridor and heading north, immediately crossing a small bridge. The Cowichan Valley Trail is part of The Great Trail, the coast-to-coast network. It was built in 1921 and is the largest and highest of its kind in the Commonwealth. Cowichan Valley BC Canada Trail The Cowichan Valley is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island and is a one-hour drive north of Victoria and a 45-minute drive south of Nanaimo. The Cowichan Valley boasts the highest mean temperatures in Canada and its rainforests are home to some of the world's tallest trees. The Cowichan Valley Trail is a Vancouver Island gem, running from Shawnigan Lake to Ladysmith. Heading south from Maple Bay on Genoa Bay road you will turn left onto the newly built Stoney Hill road. Turn right, and the road reaches a paved road - Sooke Lake Road. The park is popular year round for hiking, walking , picnicking and birdwatching. At this point, the TCT separates from the Vancouver Island Spine Trail, which when complete will travel 700 km all the way to Cape Scott! This section can be very rough and overgrown - and the surface can be very muddy in places. Cowichan Valley Trail to Kon Trail to Huckleberry Trail, Maple Mountain via Osborne Yellow and Pink Trails, Echo Park Loop [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY], Fuller Lake Arena Grounds from Ashcroft Road, Cowichan Valley Trail: Chemainus to Saltair. The trail will then cross Renfrew Road. If you’re taking a course at VIU’s Cowichan campus and looking for something to do after class, or otherwise eager for some adventure, here is a list of just a few of the many hikes and trails available in the Cowichan Valley. Other local residents include deer, eagles and herons. This section of the trail has no steward or operator in place. Corrections to our online maps, which may include improvements to the trail alignment or updates about campsites, toilets, grocery stores and other details listed on our maps. We recommend using KMZ instead of GPX if possible. This road heading west travels to parkland, where a wooded trail crosses Stocking Creek, climbing uphill to meet a new section of E&N rail trail. The BC SPCA is appealing for donations after kittens were found in a zipped freezer bag dropped off in front of a branch location. With the wet weather this June the trail is muddy in spots to the extent your bike will be fishtailing and splashing thru puddles. ONLY USE THIS FORM TO REPORT ISSUES ON THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL / THE GREAT TRAIL. A blue gate on the right indicates a fomer logging road where the Cowichan Valley Trail continues downhill, heading north past the fish hatchery and over the Bush Creek bridge. An important note about the route between Shawnigan Lake south to Victoria; the route over the Malahat involves some very challenging climbs. Bisecting the park is a section of the The Cowichan Valley Trail. The trail offers a number of activity options. There will be 13 km of it to start, running along the western shore of Shawnigan Lake. Présentée par: KEEN. Consult the map for exact directions! Visit our GPS & Navigation page for instructions of how to use your smartphone as a GPS device (even when outside of data coverage) or how to import data to your Garmin unit. The trail in this region utilizes quite a bit of CN and CP abandoned rail lines and includes several restored trestle bridges, some offering magnificent views of the rivers they cross. A must-see along the trail, the curved Kinsol Trestle spans 187 metres and is one of the tallest free-standing timber trestles worldwide. Cowichan Valley has a friendly, small-town feel that is especially apparent when the smaller communities within the area come together for … Chemainus River Provincial Park The park addition is located on the Chemainus River, approximately 3 km northwest of Duncan on southern Vancouver Island. You will now find yourself in Transfer Beach Park on the waterfront, where the trail follows Transfer Beach Boulevard, then turn right onto Oyster Bay Drive, headed north to a car park on the right. The trail offers a number of activity options. Two different ways to access the falls. The segment in Stocking Creek Park connects Chemainus to the south and Ladysmith to the north. Cowichan Valley hikes and trails Mallory Marrs 01.22.18. UPDATE. North Cowichan is approved to receive $282,433 toward the Chemainus Road Multi-Modal Improvements Project that connects to the neighbouring Cowichan Valley Trail. Cowichan Valley Trail is a 67.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cowichan Valley F, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. Cowichan Valley Trail – Saywell Park $ 0.00. As like most of the rail trail, the ROW is owned by the province of BC and is overseen by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Finance Authority; however, there is no active branch in the provincial government working to keep this section of trail maintained and usable (as far as we are aware). Trail not maintained from Glenora to Lake Cowichan! Raccordant le lac Shawnigan à Ladysmith, le sentier Cowichan Valley est un vrai bijou de Vancouver Island. KML/KMZ files can be opened in Google Earth, and many smartphone apps. One benefit of apps and online maps is that they can be quickly updated, as there are always new trails in the works. A favorite stop here is at the Marie Trestle with its outstanding views - you'll probably hear hoots of pleasure from people floating down the river below on inflatable tubes. A must-see along the trail, the curved Kinsol Trestle spans 187 metres and is one of the tallest free-standing timber trestles worldwide. GPX files can be opened by most GPS software apps when KMZ cannot. Askew Park is a 3.4 hectare forested park and wilderness trail located in the heart of Chemainus, BC, Canada in the Cowichan Valley. At Lake Cowichan, the trail route basically turns 180 degrees; it heads east back towards Duncan. The Cowichan Valley includes the towns of Shawnigan Lake, Mill Bay, Cobble Hill, Cowichan Bay, Duncan, Maple Bay, Chemainus, Crofton, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Honeymoon Bay and Youbou. The project includes pedestrian facilities, actuated crossings, protected bicycle parking and accessibility improvements. Posted on June 30, 2014 by Bob & Patty Jackson. If you see any issues along the trail, snap a photo and provide a detailed description of the location (or better, provide GPS coordinates). The Cowichan Valley Trail is a Vancouver Island gem, running from Shawnigan Lake to Ladysmith. Earlier today, there was a ribbon-cutting on the Saltair Rail with Trail to honour the opening of a 4.3-kilometre section of the Cowichan Valley Trail that connects Saltair to Chemainus and Ladysmith. We are working to get a GPS track for our maps, but our current maps will continue to use the old roadside route. Note that you can click on each object on the map to obtain details about it. For those coming from Victoria, this involves a massive climb north on the Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail. Support us by becoming a member or donating funds! 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