So you’ve moved to the Island, now what?
So, you’ve moved to the Island, now what?
Vancouver Island has so much to offer and it is as limitless as the time you have to explore.
I thought it might be fun to start pointing out some must see places on Vancouver Island as there are many hidden treasures, places to go and things to see. Last weekend, my wife and I went for a walk to explore the Haslam suspension bridge. Who would have thought? I used to think that Timberlands Road was a place where are the dirt bike enthusiasts went to have an afternoon of fun but halfway out that road is a jewel that everyone should see. The Haslam Creek Suspension Bridge is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cowichan Valley H, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking.
The Haslam Creek Suspension Bridge Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail. For those of you who don’t know, the Trans Canada Trail is the world’s longest network of trails. When completed, the Trail will stretch 22,000 kilometers from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Artic Oceans, linking 1000 communities and 33 million Canadians. Today more than 16,500 kilometers of trail have been developed.
The Haslam Creek Trail is just 15 minutes south of Nanaimo near the Nanaimo Airport. You will head south of Nanaimo past the airport and turn right onto Timberlands Road. Follow the road to the end where Rondalyn Resort is and follow the bend to the left. Keep driving past the “Do Not Enter” signs into what looks like a gravel pit area. Keep going, staying to the right and along quite a bumpy road. It’s about 1.5 kilometers along the bumpy road before you’ll see a sign for the Haslam Creek Trail, along with a marker on a tree for the Trans Canada Trail. NOTE: there isn’t really a parking area, just a pull-off on the right side of the logging road. View the map HERE.
From the trail head to the bridge you will walk an easy 1.2 kilometers. The bridge overlooks a beautiful creek with large moss-covered rocks. Once you have crossed the bridge you will find maps of the surrounding trails linking all the way to Spruston Road. Walking time from the Haslam Creek Suspension Bridge to Spruston Road is approximately 2.5 hours one way.
I would love to hear about the places you were surprised to find as I am going to start sharing the places to start adding to your adventures. Stay tuned for more exciting places to explore.
Brian McCullough, RE/MAX of Nanaimo
#1-5140 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, BC V9T 2K8
Office: (250) -751 – 1223