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Dave and Valerie backpack the CNPR Trail, Alberni Inlet Trail from Franklin Flats to Port Alberni.

The start of the Franklin Flats CNPR trail.

The start of the Franklin Flats CNPR trail.

We started at the South end of the CNPR Trail. To access this trailhead drive South on the Banfield road, turn West at the “Camp B” sign, drive until you can see the water, stop, look right and the trail should be obvious. Read the rest of this entry »

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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:

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 Read the rest of this entry »

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Running in Ontario: Guelph Lake and TransCanada Trail (Caledon East area)

Look how many trails there are!

I’m just back from a one-week trip visiting family in Ontario. This is a great thing about running – not much equipment needed. It’s something you can keep up while travelling. As opposed to other sports, like swimming or cycling – where you need to either get to a specific place (a gym or a pool) or need a lot of equipment (bike, kayak…).  Although I was a bit worried this time – my knee is still not 100% healed after my spontaneous decision to run the Victoria Marathon last month.

First stop was Guelph, visiting my dad. I knew there was a river with a trail beside it about 1 km from his seniors home. So I jogged down to check it out – and was very pleased to find that there was a whole network of mountain biking trails in there, along the river and through the forest and up to Guelph Lake! They are exactly the kind of trails that I love to run on – narrow rolling and winding dirt paths, meandering through the forest. I went for Read the rest of this entry »