Parksville’s Little Mountain offers spectacular views

    View from Little Mountain near Parksville, Vancouver Island, British Columbia Little Mountain near Parksville is one of those local secrets that can be easily missed if one isn’t paying attention or seeking out a particular hiking opportunity.
Arbutus trees on Little Mountain, Parksville, Vancouver Island, British ColumbiaNestled in the heart of the Errington/Parksville area, Little Mountain offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from sheer limestone bluffs that rise 300 feet above sea level. Mountains, agricultural land, forests and endless sky fill the eye.

Hiking trail on Little Mountain, Parksville, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

There are some pretty hiking trails at the top of Little Mountain, as well as at the bottom

Although there is a network of hiking trails at the bottom of the mountain, easiest access to the viewpoints is obtained by driving to the top of the mountain, scrambling over low barricades, and trekking a short distance in. Less than a five minute walk from your vehicle you will be swept away by the stunning beauty of the area.

Bluffs and views from Little Mountain, Parksville, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

It’s a sharp 300-foot drop off those bluffs in the foreground – yikes!

As one whose stomach plummets at the mere thought of looking down from great heights (when did that start to happen, anyhow???) I chose to not get too close to the edge of the bluffs. There is no fencing or barrier of any sort to prevent a heart-stopping (in the most literal sense of the word) plunge. We were up there on a dry day, but according to local information the rocks can be very slippery regardless of weather conditions. Common sense dictates staying away from the edge, and if you are taking a dog with you, make sure it is kept on leash. Keep young children close at hand as well.

Mountain bike trail on Little Mountain, Parksville, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Mountain bike trails can also be found on the mountain

There is a network of pretty trails that wends its way around the top of Little Mountain, between rock faces and among arbutus trees. Additionally there are mountain bike trails for those who are so inclined.
Little Mountain is relatively easy to find. From Highway 4A take Bellevue Road, then take the second left off Bellevue – Little Mountain Road. Follow to the top, park your vehicle and head out on your adventure.
GPS co-ordinates for Little Mountain are:
Lat. 49.294959 Long. -124.324636
N 49 17.698 W 124 19.478

Shirley

About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers.
In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.

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2 Responses to Parksville’s Little Mountain offers spectacular views

  1. Hello, Shirley I am editor of the Nature Group journal, which I compile for my nature group. May I use your article on Parksville’s Little Mountain to show our readers what a beautiful place it is? My niece lives in Nanoose Bay and speaks highly of the country.
    shirleymflanagan@aol.com is my address. Please let me know. Thanks

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