Whenever we travel, one of the things I like to check out are the running routes near where we are staying. I’ve become a bit of a running tourist. I just finished an 8k run from the Tanglewood vacation rental. If you like to run, this is a great spot to do it!
Tanglewood backs on to Rathtrevor Provincial Park near Parksville, BC. Rathtrevor park is an oceanside park filled with hiking/walking/running trails. In addition to a beautiful beach front trail that runs the whole length of the park, there are also forrest trails just to keep things interesting and perhaps a bit cooler on the warm summer days. The terrain is generally flat and the trails are well maintained and groomed.
The 8K route I did today was nothing short of amazing. To warm up, I turned left out of the subdivision driveway onto Resort Dr. and went past several beautiful resorts to the end of the road and back. There is a running trail along the road or if you prefer asphalt, that’s an option too as the road is very quiet and safe.
After finishing up with the out and back, I ran past the park entrance and the general store and onto Plummer Rd. It’s a bit narrow for about the first 100m but after that the shoulders are wide and there is plenty of room to run. Big perk here is that you are running right beside Englishman River and you follow it until it empties into the ocean. Where Weller Rd swings right, there is a wide trail to the left that you can follow into the bird sanctuary. The trail brings you out onto Mariner Way. Mariner is a wide, flat, quiet street with plenty of amazing glimpses of the Coast Mountains north of Vancouver. Mariner intersects with Shorewood Dr. Stay on Shorewood until you come to the park access gate. Shorewood takes a hard right and the gate is immediately in front of you.
The park run is spectacular! I chose to go left at the fork just inside the gate and within about 30 seconds, I came out onto the magnificent beachfront trail. The view of the bay, the blue snow covered mountains across the strait and the beach directly in front of you is breathtaking. Stop and enjoy it for a minute.
Proceed along the trail from the north side of the park through to it’s southern end. At that point, you have a couple of options. You can go down onto the beach and come back onto the Tanglewood property from that side or you can turn right and follow one of the many
trails that will lead you back to the park access road. (You’ll know it when you see it!)
Head up the hill, (it’s not that big,,,), and then take the cut off trail about halfway up. It takes you through the forrest and back out onto Resort Dr. The Tanglewood driveway is on your left.
If you opt to go straight at the fork in the road, the trail will take you toward the campsites and the ‘farm trails’ which go through some beautiful grassy fields or you can run through the campsites and enjoy the smell of campfires and the relaxed vibe that comes along with camping.
This is an easy, gentle area to run in. There are seasonal water stations through the park as well as several washroom facilities. The hill at the end of the route is fairly mild and the cutoff trail is a great finish to an amazing run.
When you’re done, the property has large areas where you can stretch out and recover. All in all, Tanglewood is a runner’s dream with plenty of options for every skill level.
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