Friday, July 10, 2009

Parksville and the Englishman River

Just returned from visiting Parksville a small resort town just north of Nanaimo. The weather was great and we manged to get a reservation at Parrys RV Park and Campground on very short notice.

Parrys happened to be more than we expected. The facility was clean, well organized and very close to Rathtrevor Provincial Park and the Englishman River. Parrys website is found here

The Englishman River proved to be a jewel again and provided most of the recreation for our short visit. Top Bridge Regional Park where you can find a very nice swimming hole is located a short bicycle ride away from Parrys by using the regional trail that starts near Tuan Road and Hwy 19A. Unfortunately there is a lack of signs pointing for directions to this trail.

Once at Top Bridge Regional Park there are a number of swimming areas along the rocks and pebble beach. The Englishman River flows through a narrow gorge where a rock outcrop nicknamed 'The Nose' provides an excellent platform for jumping into a deep pool formed in the canyon walls.

The area is popular with the young kids and this day a brave person drove his 4x4 down onto the rock surface from the parking lot. Unfortunately the music that was played from the truck's boom-box did not appeal to some other people that were visiting and sharing the park at the same time.

Non-the-less Englishman River and Top Bridge Regional Park are definitely a great place to visit every time we visit Parksville.

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