Heart Lake Trail
Heart Lake Trail

Heart Lake Loop Trail

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Heart Lake Loop Trail

Distance: 6.3mi
Elevation: 1,171ft
Time: 3-4h

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The Heart Lake Loop Trail is a 6.3mi lollipop hiking route in Ladysmith, BC, that climbs uphill along Holland Creek to arrive at the serene shores of Heart Lake. Along the trail, hikers will pass through amazing stretches of forest terrain and experience some beautiful views of the rugged Vancouver Island landscape. Although there are some steep sections along the trail, this route is largely made up of wide logging roads, making it perfect for casual hikers that are looking for a solid, intermediate length hike on the island.

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Getting there

To reach the trailhead for the Heart Lake Loop from the Ladysmith Museum, drive southeast on 1st Avenue for 2133ft and turn right onto Methuen Street. After 2133ft, turn left to enter the parking area.

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Older Children only

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Heart Lake Loop Trail Description

Although this route mostly consists of old logging roads, the Heart Lake Loop is a fun hiking adventure that will allow you to experience some breathtaking views of Vancouver Island, as well as a peaceful lakeside setting where you can relax for the afternoon. Setting out from the trailhead off Methuen Street, follow the trail west as it skirts alongside Holland Creek and turns to the south. Reaching a junction in the trail, follow the path to the right to continue alongside the creek at the foot of a steep hill. This route will take you on a steep climb through the forest until you arrive at the tranquil shores of Heart Lake. Take some time to relax by the calm water and take in the scenic views before completing the loop and descending back down the hill while taking in the stunning sightline across the island. After reaching the junction with the main trail, follow it to the right to head back to the parking area where you began your hike.



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