I am grateful to live in an area that values and encourages outdoor recreation, and puts money towards these values. Ah wondered when you’d highlight Coombs as I knew there was a walking trail along there. xx, Hi, Sue – Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. Thanks, Terri – Thank you for taking the time to give such meaningful feedback. The Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail and the Columbia & Western Rail Trail is the longest rail trail network in British Columbia extending from Hope to Castlegar. A ‘Freedom Rally’ will be be held Saturday, Dec. 19 at noon, starting at city hall in Parksville. L.L. It follows the south side of the E&N tracks between Coombs and Parksville. It would be a pleasure for cyclists and pedestrians, maybe for horse-riders too, in places, with an unpaved path alongside it. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own. Thanks, Laurie – Your comments do truly make me smile. 1/6th of the way there , Hi, Lisa – I love the way that you think. Again, not the most scenic views, but easy walking and Coombs is a true blast! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It’s a nice easy ride with almost no hills. Our small town has two different ones. I’m loving the nature that you are surrounded by. Opened for use in late 2016, this 3-metre wide, level and accessible gravel path serves as an exercise route for everyone. I love how communities are investing in accessible trails and rail trails are perfect for that. I agree that rail trails are absolutely brilliant. The Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 1 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Another beautiful trail! Cost is in the $3-4 million range for the Parksville-Coombs stretch alone. HI, Gwen – Thank you so much for stopping by, reading and commenting. Pretty area and I’m still chuckling at “COVID-Camino! The trail is identified on some web-based interactive map programs (e.g., yahoo and mapquest) as "Old Railroad Grade." Thank you for sharing and look forward to the next hike tomorrow. (All true!) We have not been since this flu, of course. Interesting that you have a rail trail (like Deb has in Tumbarumba) and I found out that there’s one not far from me too – it’s in my one-day list to check it out. You can park at the bottom of the hill and run up the steep incline in case your car can't make the 40 degree climb to the top. There are numerous entry and exit points, as well as trail markers at each kilometre along the way. The trail only officially opened Dec 23, 2016. Camping: Englishman River Falls Provincial Park has 130 sites and Rathtrevor Provincial Park 150 sites This will be part of the first phase of RDN Rail Trail development outside the municipalities. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It is an awesome community! Thanks, Kate – I totally get that. Something for everyone! Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I’m always looking for new trails! It makes a wonderful difference to a community! I rode the 7km from Parksville out to Coombs. Trail: Coombs-Parksville Railtrail This Trail was made possible by the assistance of Federal Gas Tax Funding. Once a comprehensive railroad system, the decommissioned tracks are now home to an extensive recreational trail providing almost 650 km (400 mi) of connected pathways throughout the region. Thanks, Terri – I greatly appreciate your kind words and encouragement. It is hoped that it will eventually link up with the Trinity Skyline Trail. We have 100 fully & partially serviced campsites, a pristine 2.5 acre lake, wooded bike trails, heated pool & much much more! I think I need a nap! Thanks for sharing it with us. Retired and Enjoying Life From the Slow Lane, Taking steps to live a healthy and enriched life. Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. I see at least 1 flying around every time I sit out on my balcony. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). – Marty. Cheers! Show more. I hope that you and you and your friend enjoy the Coombs Railtrail. The Rail Trail is multi-use and NO ATVs, DIRT BIKES OR OTHER MOTORIZED VEHICLES ARE PERMITTED. envisioning & implementing life's next stage, "So we do not lose heart. I remember Coombs and the goats! This rustic unpaved trail, just over three miles in length, runs along a route formerly used by the New York, Ontario, & Western Railway's Main Line through Parksville in Sullivan County, NY. I’m over on Gabriola Island and was looking to meet a friend from Port Alberni for a walk – this trail sounds ideal. I hope that all is well for you and Gorgeous! I hope that you enjoy these reflections, and will be willing to share your own. You never know what you're gonna get." . It can’t help but bring a smile to your face. Thanks, Antoinette – I greatly appreciate your kind words! Length 17.1 miElevation gain 1102 ftRoute type Out & back Wildlife (and goats on a roof) are worth any distance hiked! Then take the left onto Little Mountain Road and drive to the top parking lot. From Parksville, drive towards Coombs and turn left off of Bellevue Rd. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. This 3-metre wide, compacted gravel path extends for 7 km (one way) and is fully accessible. Hi, Jo – I share your gratitude in the investment in accessible trails and rail trails. Coombstock looks like a great place. . 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