Maybe it's because we're from the Toronto area but we couldn't stop gibbering about the crystal-clean air. We had a perfect day for a hike, sunny and about 8C. We entered the park at the Paradise Meadows Trailhead on Mt. Washington. We hadn't really planned this into our trip other than we wanted to take a drive up Mt. Washington.
A silversmith in Qualicum Beach highly recommended taking a hike through here so we took his advice and covered the Paradise Meadows Loop (very easy, wheelchair accessible, beautiful meadows), Helen MacKenzie and Battleship Lake Loops (a few hills but nothing strenuous). We loved every kilometre (about 8 in total) and were awed by the diversity of plants, fungi and sheer beauty of the gushing streams, mountain and lake vistas. And, OMG, the blueberries! The bushes were still laden with fruit so it was me against the bears to see who could eat the most! If time had permitted, we would have gone farther afield. The trails we hiked were extremely well maintained and there were even a few "privies" along the way. We met some really interesting people too.
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