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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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!





 

 

Sand Sculpting Canada 150 in Parksville

Sand sculpture 1
“Coming together” sand sculpture
Sand sculpting

An amazing year and “Canada 150” theme for the sand sculpting festival in Parksville!

Iron Horse
Iron Horse

Beautiful weather and just the right kind of sand can help the artists produce fantastic sculptures like the “Iron Horse” above.

The Last Spike
The Last Spike

The detail on “The Last Spike” is phenomenal!

Native Bear
Native Bear

The size and realistic features make this bear one of the many fantastic sand sculptures you can see in Parksville on the beach for a month. Come on down and spend some beach time! 🙂

Parksville Beach psychedelic here!

Englishman River on Canada Day

Englishman River on Canada Day
Englishman River fun
Englishman River fun in the sun

A beautiful summer day yesterday at Englishman River Provincial Park. Lots of young peeps swimming in the cool waters or just hanging out.

Large tree hug
Large Douglas Fir tree hug

The Douglas Firs trees along the banks of the river are hundreds of years old and they enjoy hugs.

Smiling stone face
Smiling stone face

This happy stone face greets you at the top of the hill heading towards the falls.  It is hard not to smile back at him on this fantastic day of celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday!

Georgia Strait ocean views here!