Peddling Around in Parksville
Due to its temperate climate, one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Oceanside area is cycling. Here you will enjoy hundreds of kilometres of world-class trails that vary in difficulty. So, whether you are an enthusiastic recreational rider or a seasoned professional, we’ve got you covered.
Top Bridge Trail is one of the most popular spots for mountain biking enthusiasts in Parksville that are in search of their adrenaline dose. It offers 5-kilometres of intermediate to advanced level trail systems that run along the beautiful Englishman River. The mid-section of this trail passes through private property so users are asked to remain on the authorized route. At Top Bridge, take a break, a dip in the water or just sit back and enjoy the beauty of a famous salmon river.
Enjoy majestic old-growth trees and beautiful ocean sunsets are you ride along the Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park Loop. This 3.4-kilometre loop features beautiful wildflowers and is ideal for those wanting a more leisurely ride to absorb the scenery of the West Coast.
The historic Kinsol Trestle allows cyclists, hikers and equestrians the ability to experience the full Cowichan Valley Trail. Standing over 145-feet above the salmon-bearing Koksilah River, the Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing timber rail trestle structures in the world! Consider packing a picnic and stop at one of the picnic locations for lunch with a view that is hard to beat.
The Big Qualicum River Regional Trail starts at the Big Qualicum Hatchery. Amble along the riverside tree canopy as you ride along 10-kilometres of lightly trafficked trail. There are numerous spots along the river to just stop, relax and cool your feet. Bring your family and enjoy the ride through the towering, moss-covered Red Cedars.