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    Seal Bay Horse and Bike Loop

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    8.7 km
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    166 m
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    Seal Bay Horse & Bike Loop

    The Seal Bay Horse & Bike Loop is an 8.7 km hiking circuit near Courtenay, BC that passes through the temperate rainforest environment that can be found within the Seal Bay Nature Park. While out on this trail, hikers will be able to utilize well-groomed paths that showcase the large, moss-covered trees and variety of other flora within the pristine forest atmosphere. Remember to keep an eye out while on the trail as this route is also used by horseback riders and mountain bike enthusiasts.

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    Route Description for Seal Bay Horse and Bike Loop

    Although the trail can sometimes be a bit muddy after a heavy rainfall, the Seal Bay Horse & Bike Loop is a meticulously maintained hiking route that offers the opportunity to explore the forests of the Seal Bay Nature Park via a strong network of trails.

    Setting out from the parking area, cross over the road to the west and pick up the trail on the other side to enter into the forest. From here, follow along the well-maintained paths as they wind in between the large, moss-covered trees and other types of plant life that blanket the landscape in a vibrant green colour. The northern part of the trail is a bit rocky, but this smooths out along the southern portion to provide a gently undulating trail through the forest that will eventually bring you back to the trailhead where you began your hike. If you are looking to extend your journey, try exploring some of the other trails that dissect the park.

    Getting to the Seal Bay Horse and Bike Loop Trailhead

    To get to the Seal Bay Horse & Bike Loop parking area from Courtenay, head to the northeast for 4.6 km along Ryan Road and make a left turn on Anderton Road. Turn left after 1.5 km to continue on the road for another 1.3 km. Keep straight on Waveland Road for 2.2 km, turning right to continue for 300 m. Make a left onto Bates Road and you will find the parking area on the right after 1.2 km.

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