It was busy Jan 2, 2017.
The trail only officially opened Dec 23, 2016.
I rode the 7km from Parksville out to Coombs.
Checked out the tourist trap. Then returned to Parksville.
Cost is in the $3-4 million range for the Parksville-Coombs stretch alone. Instead of ripping out the rails they built a trail parallel to the rail line.
- Approximately 7 km of 3 metre-wide tread surface trail finished with compacted high fines gravel.
- Except for the first 200 m of trail in Springwood which has an 8 % grade, the Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail is fully accessible, that is, no more than a 5 % grade.
- The Rail Trail is multi-use and NO ATVs, DIRT BIKES OR OTHER MOTORIZED VEHICLES ARE PERMITTED.