Originally I called this ride the Monster, because it went all over the place and covered everything. But it's not that long with an eBike! We mapped it out on our last ride at 44 Km. One of our newest team members pointed out that the circuit looked like a T-Rex! With a bit of imagination of course. If you have one single day to ride the area, this is the most comprehensive ride.
THE T-REX CIRCUIT : 44Km. 300 metre difference. About 5-6 hours with lots of photo stops! A full wonder-filled day.
This ride covers five of the major attractions in the Coombs/Parksville/Errington region.
- Top Bridge Regional Park
- Rathtrevor Beach and Campground
- Parksville Beach and the boardwalk
- Old Country Market in Coombs with the goats on the roof, by way of the rail trail
- Englishman River Falls is that extra little bit if hard core riders want to extend their ride!
We strive to give you the best circuits to enjoy your ebiking rides, roads with slower traffic, less traffic, or none at all. You can pop onto the circuit at any point of course, depending on where you're at. And if you turn on your mapping apps, either your wrist devices or cellphone apps, you can draw your T-Rex, just like we did.
For this article, we are starting off at Bellevue road, right in the centre of the map, we rode mostly downhill along Allsbrook road, all the way to Top Bridge. It's a dead end, so traffic is limited. At the end of the paved road, there is a gate down to a parking lot, and another gate with a bike bypass on the right. A quick roll down the path gets you to the suspension bridge.
Lock your bike and click on the alarm if you want to go for a dip. Beautifully eroded stones to treat your eyes, and an arch on the downstream side.
In and out of Top Bridge park, for a matter of a few hundred metres, is the only place you will encounter a dirt road. (The Parksville to Coombs section or the Rathtrevor perimeter are pedestrian/bike paths with no traffic.)
Once you exit the park, you have a serious climb out. But not painful at all with an eBike! This is Chattel road, it will take you up to the weigh stations beside the highway overpass. Under you go, after your left turn.
At this point, you can either stay on the 19a, Parksville's main drag, or use the side street, Resort way, for a short while anyhow. After this you'll see the park entrance sign, right and down the hill you go, into the park and right through the parking lot to access the beach. One of the nicest beaches on Vancouver Island.
After you marvel at that beach expanse, head up-island to the best bike and pedestrian path in the area. Photoshoot time!