My wife and I decided to take the trip to the island, when we were visiting the Canada Day festival at Nanaimo - partly just to get away from the crowds. The ferry leaves every half an hour and we were lucky to catch one immediately at about 11.30. It was full, but only a short 10 minute ride to the landing stage. On arrival, we made our way to the main pavilion. We expected to be able to get walking maps, not least because there was a great detailed map in the entrance way. However, none were available. The pavilion looked and felt run down, but we managed to buy some more water, realising too late that we should have brought some food with us for a picnic, as the food at the pavilion was very limited and looked very unappetising.
We set off counter clockwise around the perimeter path, which runs close to the beach most of the time. It is well marked, with small map posts at the majority of path crossing points. The views are fantastic and with a bit of forward planning, we could have spent all day there. The complete walk, with stops took us about 2 hours 45 minutes. At one or two points the path was not obvious and we got stuck once scambling up rocks to return to the proper path. Quite a few boats were moored up in creeks and coves, as this seems popular for diving and swimming.
We saw lots of wild life, including a snake.
If you like walking, want some peace and quiet with nature, and fantastic views, this is the place - but come prepared!
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