Parksville Wetlands walk

Parksville wetland maple tree sunshine
Parksville Wetlands walk

It was a wonderful summer day to have a Parksville Wetlands walk.  A great place to enjoy many different species of plants, animals and fungi.

Parksville Wetlands Walk
Great trails for dogs

A short distance to the trail head we passed through rolling meadows with hard hack blooming.  There is a gravel trail to walk on that changes into a soft forest path as you enter the main trail.  Also there is a sign so you know you are in the right place!

wetland meadows
wetland meadows

Over the railroad track and into the forest we go.  No trains are running on this track today but maybe one day the train will go by as it use to.

railroad tracks
old railroad tracks

The Oceanspray was blooming and the white flowers were draped everywhere on the paths.  I felt like I was in a magic forest.  It was very enchanting.

Enchanted forest
Enchanted forest

Beautiful red columbine flowers were also in bloom.  They are vibrant red in color so they really stand out.

Wetland Flowers
Red Columbine and Oceanspray blooms

In conclusion, I am very thankful for all these day trails in the Parksville area.  Easily accessible and a great place to find peace and serenity.  Chill out time in nature is important to body, mind and soul.

Also Enos Lake hike here!


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Sebastian Beach

Sebastian beach
love the blue colors
Sebastian beach

Coming back from a trip to Nanaimo we stopped at Sebastian beach.  The blue colors were spectacular and the view was magnificent.

Sebastian Beach shoreline
rocky shore

An easy beach to walk and lots of shells and rocks to beach comb.  There are private homes on this beach but many are well hidden behind greenery and beach logs.

Sebastian Beach waves
beach waves

Also this beach area would be a fantastic place to kayak or paddle board with some gentle waves hitting the shore today.  The water is fairly shallow on the beach side which would be good for kids.  A little deeper out and the swimming is great!  Be careful on the rocks which are very slippery when wet.

interesting sandstone rocks

I love to walk on the sandstone rocks with all their wonderful patterns and shapes.  On one side you can look deep into the ocean and if you are lucky,  see some sea creatures.

Sebastian Beach North Views
views to the north

Views to the north Courtenay area are clear and spectacular.  You will definitely be amazed by all the nature vibes.

In conclusion, take a quick trip to Sebastian beach next time you are near Lantzville on Vancouver Island.  Besides the beautiful views it is a nice location for a coffee break or a picnic.


Enos Lake hike blog here!

Horne Lake Adventure

Horne Lake Adventure
Horne Lake Adventure
Beautiful Horne Lake

On a beautiful Saturday morning we decided to head out on a Horne Lake Adventure.

Horne Lake
Beach view

A lovely view of the lake from the beach.  Great picnic sites are available with fire pits.

Horne Lake Cave entrance
Horne Lake Main Cave entrance

Hiking up to the Horne Lake Caves we travel through an ancient mossy Pacific rain forest in its perfection.  The Main cave entrance is unique in its unfolding columns of stone.

Horne Lake Cave
Entering the main cave

We didn’t have our flashlights with us to explore the inside of the cave but it was exciting to poke our heads in!

Inner Main Cave
Just inside the cave entrance

We really had a great Horne Lake Adventure and we are already planning our next one.

Terrace Beach Lookout here!


Terrace Beach Sunset

Terrace Beach sunset
Terrace Beach sunset
Terrace beach sunset

Nature is an amazing place to spend time especially for a Terrace Beach sunset!  After a wonderful day hiking the Wild Pacific Trail we took another walk to the beach for this spectacular sunset.

Terrace Beach sunset 2
Beautiful Pacific Rim sunset

Terrace Beach is located in the town of Ucluelet on the Pacific Rim of Canada.  It is a wonderful place during the day for beach-combing, paddle boarding or just to enjoy the sun and surf.   The sunsets are fabulous here and I am thankful to see this particular one.

Terrace Beach sunset colors
Terrace Beach sunset colors

Fall is the time for many different colors especially during sunset.  Chill out on the beach and enjoy the atmospheric peacefulness.  The moment of the sun setting had an ethereal presence about it.

Terrace Beach Sunset Love
Sunset love

Enjoying a sunset is easy everywhere so take the time to catch one once in awhile.  You will be happier that you did because nature is the mirror image of spiritual reality.

Wickaninnish beach in Pacific Rim National Park here


 

Enos Lake hike

Enos Lake hike 3
Enos Lake hike
Enos Lake, Nanoose

Nature time this week included a Enos Lake hike in Nanoose on Vancouver Island.  Easy to access the trail and the hike to the lake is around 30 minutes.

Enos Lake Hike 2
Easy hike downhill

The trail is downhill to the lake and is in good shape.  Not many people were present which was a real bonus for enjoying the quiet nature.

Enos Lake Hike 3
A healthy beaver pond on one of the side trails

We took the wrong turn on the trail and ended up by a large beaver pond that was buzzing with insects!

Common whitetail dragonfly
Common whitetail dragonfly

There were lots of the Common whitetail dragonflies flying around.  They are amazing fliers and fun to watch.  During the heat of the day we were lucky the mosquitoes were scarce!

Enos Lake Hike Lily Pads
Water lilies (Nymphaeaceae)

Lots of frogs were croaking as well.  They would probably love to hang out on these lily pads.

Enos Lake nature path
Enos Lake nature path

We found the right path to the lake.  It is a bit more challenging with lots of exposed roots from the large Douglas Fir and Red Cedar trees.  It’s all downhill to the lake from here!

Enos Lake hike ravine
Winding our way down the deep woods ravine to Enos Lake

I really love the nature in these deep woods ravines.  Lots of big trees and knarley landscapes.  We see glimpses of the lake below now.

Enos Lake hike 3
Enos Lake

A beautiful lake in nature is uplifting and spiritual.

Go play outside!

Little Qualicum Falls hike here!