Cowichan Valley Trail


Trail Length: 14 kilometres

Difficulty: Easy - Family
Park Amenities:
Dog Walking
Interpretive Signs
Wheelchair Access

Ladysmith to Chemainus Trail - Biking and Hiking

Trans Canada Trail / The Great Trail in the Cowichan Valley

The Cowichan Valley Trail starting from the Mt. Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus, BC to Saltair BC and then to Transfer Beach Park in Ladysmith, BC is approximately 14 kilometres one-way. The biking and hiking trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail / The Great Trail in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

Cowichan Valley Trail Route

The 5 kilometre or so section of the trail from the golf course in Chemainus to South Saltair BC is an absoulte treat. The compact gravel, 3 metre-wide year-round trail follows along the same route as Chemainus Road and the railroad tracks. Yet, most of the trail, is hidden from view by the trees lining each side of the trail.

Chemainus Trail Highlights

Much of the trail is under the cover of trees, therefore on the hot summer days, you are biking in and out of shade with sections of sunshine. Best of both worlds. The trail is level and generally easy going, with some slow, long rolling hills to climb. Along the trail there are few resting areas and signage is very good.

Stocking Creek Falls

Sections of the trail from Chemainus to Saltair do cross some side-roads so to access the trail on the other side. Be aware of traffic. There is a 0.2 hiking trail along the way called "Stocking Creek Falls". Watch for the trailhead entrance on your right if you are coming from Chemainus, BC. It is a short trail leading down to a beautiful waterfall. Bring a lock to lock up your bikes so you can explore the area.

 A Little Pavement Never Hurt Anyone

From North Saltair BC to Ladysmith there is a section of the trail which follows along Chemainus Road. Not a big deal. There is a designated bike lane which takes you to Ladysmith, BC where you can connect up with the trail again and continue to Transfer Beach Park in Ladysmith BC.

The Great Trail In The Cowichan Valley

There are some 200+ kilometres of recreation trails on Vancouover Island which play a part in the 24,000 kilometre Great Trail that connects Canada from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Ladysmith, Saltair and Chemainus Trail

The Great Trail in the Cowichan Valley


Cowichan Valley Trail

How To Get ToCowichan Valley Trail

The southern trail head is located on Henry Rd in Chemainus at the local golf course. Across the street from the Mt. Brenton Golf Course is a big gravel parking lot. Start here. There is another trailhead entrance in Chemainus on Chemainus Road opposite the Chemainus Theatre.

In Ladysmith, follow the highway into the community and turn east onto Transfer Beach Blvd, following the signs, to Transfer Beach Park.
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