Exploring the Haslam Creek Suspension Bridge

Nanaimo has a suspension bridge? Yes we do!

Hi everyone, Amanda here!  I have a secret to share with you. Not too many people know that Nanaimo has a suspension bridge.  It is one of our best kept secrets.  But I am here to spill the beans and share this little adventure with you.  I have done a few of the trails in the area, but this time was significantly shorter since we were travelling with our little guy. Warning: my pictures do not it justice 🙂

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The Haslam Creek Suspension Bridge Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail.  For those of you who don’t know, the Trans Canada Trail is the world’s longest network of trails.  When completed, the Trail will stretch 22,000 kilometers from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Artic Oceans, linking 1000 communities and 33 million Canadians.  Today more than 16,500 kilometers of trail have been developed.

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The Haslam Creek Trail is just 15 minutes south of Nanaimo near the Nanaimo Airport. You will head south of Nanaimo past the airport and turn right onto Timberlands Road.  Follow the road to the end where Rondalyn Resort is and follow the bend to the left. Keep driving past the “Do Not Enter” signs into what looks like a gravel pit area. Keep going, staying to the right and along quite a bumpy road. It’s about 1.5 kilometers along the bumpy road before you’ll see a sign for the Haslam Creek Trail, along with a marker on a tree for the Trans Canada Trail. NOTE: there isn’t really a parking area, just a pull-off on the right side of the logging road. View the map HERE.

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From the trail head to the bridge you will walk an easy 1.2 kilometers.  The bridge overlooks a beautiful creek with large moss covered rocks.  Once you have crossed the bridge you will find maps of the surrounding trails linking all the way to Spruston Road. Walking time from the Haslam Creek Suspension Bridge to Spruston Road is approximately 2.5 hours one way.

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After the suspension bridge, a lot of the hike is on back roads.  For our short walk we just followed the back road for a bit and walked down to the creek to check out the sites.

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So now you know, Nanaimo does have a suspension bridge.  The next time you are looking to get outdoors, make sure you add this to your #ExploreNanaimo bucket list!

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Adventure on,

~ Amanda

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