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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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


 

Moorecroft Park Nature

Moorecroft Park Nature
Moorecroft park views
Moorecroft park views

A beautiful day for a short hike at Moorecroft Park!  The ocean and mountain views are magnificent.  Spring is in the air.

Moorecroft Park ocean view
Ocean views

On the Eastern side of Vancouver Island this park offers views of the British Columbia mainland and Georgia Strait.  Great place for kayaking or paddle boarding.

Rocky shore Moorecroft Park
Rocky shores

The shores and beach is very rocky making it a great place to warm up in the sunshine.  Also a great place to find some privacy and serenity.

Enos Lake hike here

Arbutus tree
Arbutus tree

Many Arbutus trees are present on the shoreline.  This indicates some major wind in the winter months.  Today there is a slight breeze which is perfect to check out the inland trails.

Spring forest moss
Spring forest moss

Throughout the forest bright green moss envelopes the ground.  After a wet winter this moss is doing very well.  The deep forest is so peaceful.

Moorecroft Park map
Moorecroft Park map

Moorecroft Park is easy to hike and there is a visitor map right at the parking lot.  Take the time to visit this small but beautiful natural park on Vancouver Island.

Englishman River blog here

 

Florencia Bay Beach

Florencia Bay beach driftwood man
Florencia Bay beach
Florencia Bay beach
Florencia Bay beach

Located in the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island is a beautiful piece of nature called Florencia Bay beach.  A short walk in to the beach brings you into a natural paradise of sun and sand.  I have been visiting this beach for many years and it is still very untouched and natural.

This beach is very easy to walk and is surrounding by trees, sun, and surf.  What more could you want in life?  Listening to the sound of the water breaking in on the shore is very relaxing and clears your mind.  As humans we think too much.  Calming the mind is important to your health.

Florencia Bay beach driftwood man
Driftwood man

Lots of driftwood washes up here and some artistic folks enjoy the peaceful atmosphere to create their masterpieces.  I was very impressed with the above Driftwood man.  He stood tall on the beach and appeared as a watcher of all activities.  I have seen similar driftwood creatures on other beaches but this art is fantastic.

Surfing at Pacific Rim National Park here!

Florencia Bay beach go play outside
Go play outside

This is a perfect beach for a long walk when the tide is low.  There are lots of interesting shells, rocks, and sea creatures to be seen.  In addition this is a fantastic beach to go play outside!

I hope you get a chance to visit your favourite beach this weekend.  Nature soothes and heals the tired human soul.  Above all being beside or in the ocean is my Zen place to be.

Similarly more to read on Pacific Rim National Park – Wickaninnish beach here

I am very grateful to all of you who visit my blog.  I am very happy to share my experiences of nature with you.  Please comment and share with your friends.  Thank you very much!