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.
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!
We stopped for a picnic including a bottle of wine. Our kind of lunch!
Coming back we stopped at Underwood Beach to laze around in the sun.