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“Beautiful place!”

Seal Bay Nature Park
Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Courtenay
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“Beautiful place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Beautiful forest trails, the one we went on led to the beach. An easy walk, stunning scenery and overall a magical place!

Visited August 2014
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Mission, Canada
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“Nice Walking Trail”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

Enjoyed the trail area. The upper trail is mainly flat and easy to walk. The trail to the beach is a bit slopped and slippery in spots but manageable. Not so much fun walking up that part . The main beach area is large rock. Some very pretty views. If you are a geo cacher there are a few caches to find as well. An enjoyable day.

Visited August 2014
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Neenah
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“Nice walk through the woods--no mosquitos!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Nice, fairly easy walk through the woods and onto the shoreline. Nice to just sit on the shore and gaze at the beauty of the area.

Visited July 2014
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Ajax, Canada
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“beautiful scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

Seal Bay has great walking trails. Well marked and fairly level, with a few steep patches. There are benches and toilets along the way. The scenery in the forest is spectacular. I felt that I was in a primeval forest - towering trees, beautiful large ferns everywhere, dappled sunlight illuminating moss covered tree trunks. The trail down to the beach is steep, but worth it. The view across the strait is quite something. Beautiful mountains in the distance, and the occasional cruise ship in the strait. I would recommend good walking shoes. I wore sandals on this trip, and tripped a few times (no pun intended). There are several waling trails, and I'll be back to do more of them.

Visited July 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Xwee XwhyaLuq - truly a place of serenity and beauty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

Seal Bay Nature Park features easy to moderate trails. Some trails have boardwalk sections, handrails, lookouts, viewing benches and stairs and there are pit toilets in several locations. The park has an interesting history and was last logged about 1920.

The trails in the park vary - some are rougher than others with exposed rocks, mud and tree roots. The trails closer to the ocean seem to be the best maintained and smoothest to walk on. One of the trails is wheelchair accessible.

The waterfront section of the park includes the Don Apps (605 Metres), Coupland (1.5 Km) and Wheelchair Trails (2 Km). The forested section of the park includes 5 loop trails including a horse trail.

All four corners have access points to the trail system in the Seal Bay Nature Park with the parking lot on Bates Road being the most popular starting point and there is plenty of opportunity to view marine life - although we didn't see any seals this time.

Visited July 2014
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