June 2021 — A favourite ride to the Old Country Market in Coombs, The Goats on the Roof. The blue line in the middle of the map.

With a Bark Echo eBike, it’s a fun easy ride.

PARKSVILLE TO COOMBS : 10.5 Km. 125 metre climb. Under an hour.

Your rides parked at the Boardwalk, Parksville Bay

The trail follows the old abandoned train tracks

Smooth level gravel path, all the way to Coombs

1 — Taking off from the Parksville Bay boardwalk, northwest end, wiggle your way through the residential neighbourhood, close to the Middle School on Despard.

2 — Past and up behind the dog park, is where you can spot the trailhead, follow it up and left, there’s a gravel ramp to cross the first of two train tracks. A few S turns and past the second barrier (remember to power-off in this technical part of your ride), on your right, is where the nice wide gravel trail to Coombs starts. All along the train tracks.

3 — Keep an eye out for Mount Arrowsmith ahead to your left, snow covered year round at 1,818 metres up.

4 — Bome Cheese is on the way. Artisan cheeses and a dining patio. You can spot their sign when riding up to the Goats, it’s across the road on your left. Worth the detour! (1876 Alberni Hwy)

Ducky rides along for the view of Mount Arrowsmith

Cross the highway here if you need to go to Bome Cheese

Destination : Coombs Country

5 — A pleasant 10.5 kilometre ride to Coombs, up 125 metres (easy on an eBike!), it will take you about a hour to get there. Power-off before the crowds. So much to see and do there. Make sure to lock your bike and take the battery key with you.

Parksville to Coombs by the rail trail

6 — Lots of APPs available to help you navigate while biking. We use Trailforks, there’s also MAP my RIDE, AllTrails, Bikemap …


The Bark Echo eBikes Team