Trails close to Country Bay Manor;
February 19th. 2015 -
I hiked the Notch Hill trail today, it is a fairly strenuous hike if you choose the straight up route, and you need to be reasonable fit, it climbs a total of 240 metres, or 787' I opted for the steep ascent on the way up, and gentler grade trail down, hiking poles would be of benefit. It takes 20-30 minutes to the summit, I choose a high overcast day to hike the trail, but still had an outstanding view of Nanoose Bay and Harbour (you may see a Navy ship docked) Mt. Arrowsmith, Nanaimo, and across Georgia Strait. It is one of the most popular trails in the area, the trail takes you through Garry Oak and Arbutus trees, and meadow that wild flowers grow in, Spring time would be a lovely time of the year to enjoy this hike.
The trailhead is on Powder Point Road/Fairwinds Drive,1 km past the 4 way stop, and on your right, approx 3.5km for Country Bay Manor. From the parking area, head up the gravel trail, there is a gate and a shed on the left when you get to the two large concrete reservoirs, follow the trail to the left, and in a few minutes you will come to a fork in the trail, take the right and head up a steep section to the top of the Notch, if you take the left fork you will come to the lower look out. On my way down, I took a side trail to the left, it looped back to the main trail further down the hill. The entire hike should take about 45-60 minutes. Another access to Notch Hill summit is at the end of Anchor Way/Chain Way. From Powder Point Road, turn right at 4 way stop onto Anchor Way, trailhead is at end of road.