Moorecroft Regional Park, Nanoose Bay

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Spending a peaceful few hours hiking Moorecroft Regional Park between Beachcomber Regional Park and Schooner Cove in Nanoose Bay, BC, is a great way to soothe the soul.

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A dog-friendly park with spectacular ocean vistas is the perfect place to explore with your fur-buddy. My Boston Terrier had her nose to the ground and only looked up to take in the ocean views once we had scaled the rocky ledges.

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And under a ten minute drive through bucolic countryside, down Northwest Bay Road from Parksville and another amazing place, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

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This park offers sweeping ocean views, multiple small islands floating in the distance, hiking trails through a lush tropical-like forest and wildflowers, picnic tables, a rocky beach, and peace and quiet. There is also a pond nestled beside one of the trails, buzzing with butterflies and dragonflies.

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Pure bliss.

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Apparently you can swim and paddle here as well, perhaps when the ocean water warms up.

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