Sunny spring picnic! Alberni Inlet CPNR Trail, Underwood Cove.

Underwood cove with Chocolate Lilies.

Underwood Cove with Chocolate Lilies.

It was a beautiful sunny spring day in Port Alberni, so a picnic hike along the CPNR trail was the agenda.  Here is the ACRD’s brochure and map of the trail: http://www.acrd.bc.ca/cms/wpattachments/wpID213atID603.pdf

The start of the trail is at the entrance to China Creek Marina.  This is the highest part of the trail but it offers an excellent view south at Underwood Cove and across the inlet.

This trail is an old railway bed from a century ago that never was finished.  Chinese labourers built it, but construction was stopped at the start of WWI.  At some point, someone thought it would be a wonderful hiking/running trail and cleared it.  Now its a spectacular easy scenic oceanside trail, perfect for a sunny day.

Old bridge a century old in perfect condition!

Old bridge – a century old and in perfect condition!

After the descent to Underwood Cove, where I worked on a fish farm in 1981, the trail goes to the northern terminus point of the rail line, where construction stopped, which is this concrete bridge,with the year 1913 cast into it.  The trail goes right over this never-used bridge, which is in pristine condition even after a century of water flowing through it!

An old fallen tree provides a good bridge.

An old fallen tree provides a good bridge.

Wild flowers a plenty.

Wildflowers a plenty (Western trilliums).

It was our first time using the picnic pack that Santa brought us for Christmas!

It was our first time using the picnic pack that Santa brought us for Christmas!

Picnic time!

Picnic time!

We stopped for a picnic including a bottle of wine.  Our kind of lunch!

Tankie even chilled for awhile...

Tankie even chilled for awhile…

Dave wandered the shoreline, sipping his wine.

Dave wandered the shoreline, sipping his wine.

Beach at Underwood point.

Beach at Underwood point.

Coming back we stopped at Underwood Beach to laze around in the sun.

One last stop to smell the flowers.

One last stop to smell the flowers.

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