This 12km hike behind Ladysmith follows access roads up and around Stocking Lake. It is easy trail but is gains more than 300 metres in elevation. The trail around the lake is relatively flat but the access road to get up there to start the hike is a good climb.
This section of the Trans Canada Trail runs from Spruston Road to Timberland Lake.
The trail is half single track near the Spruston Road end, then turns into logging road. It's well signed. Some of the signs can be tough to see in the trees though so keep a lookout at logging road forks to make sure you are the right track.
Note: There is no bridge over the Nanaimo River at this time.
A 3.8 km hike from Haslem Creek to Christie Falls along the Trans Canada Trail.
The official start to this part is at the entrance to the Haslem Creek trail but you can drive a kilometre south along rough logging roads and start hiking there. The route passes under the power lines and into the bush. You can drive in a truck to 1.5 km south of the Haslem Creek trailhead. The road isn't very exciting to walk on.
Right next to Duke point ferry terminal is a beautiful Park and trail to the point. After driving past some of the industrial area you park, walk under the highway, and then are treated with amazing views of Nanaimo.
The trail starts with flat easy trail then goes up and over some small stairs and down the other side. From there you take the easy trail around to jack's point. You can explore the shoreline in a few of the places. The trail is 5km to the point and back.
The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a 47km coastal hike on the southern west coast of Vancouver Island. It runs from China Beach near Sooke to Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew. It has considerable elevation gain and loss and can be very muddy in sections. All that up and down amounts to over 8000 feet. It stays near sea level for the most part so there are a lots of small ridges and valleys. Most people take about 4 days to hike the entire trail or you can day-hike from any trailhead.
This 2-2.5 hour hike to a crashed World War II bomber is extremely muddy but worth the work. Make sure you take enough water and food for the day and a compass and GPS to find your way out. It's easy to get turned around in the boggy areas.
Follow the trail in the from the road, through an abandoned building, down the hill and through the marsh. The marshy area is usually marked by flagging and rope. At the end of the marsh you'll find the plane on the hillside.
Mount Arrowsmith is an iconic hike and climb in mid Vancouver Island. It can be seen from the water, the highway driving by or any of the surrounding peaks. It's steap ridges turn into snowy and icy climbs during the winter.