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RDN 50th Anniversary & Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail Opening Celebration

Date: October 14, 2017
Time: Official opening 10:30-11:30am & trail fun 12:00-4:00pm
Location: Springwood Park in Parksville

Join the Regional District of Nanaimo Saturday, October 14th at Springwood Park in Parksville to celebrate fifty years of providing services in this region and take part in the official opening of the Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail.

The official opening starts at 10:30 am; learn about past, current and future projects and services the RDN provides; register your bike and enter to win prizes. Enjoy the trail, special shuttle service to or from Coombs available from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

After the ceremony, the event moves onto the trail which runs from Springwood Park to Station Road in Coombs. Along the way there will be three water and snack stations. A free shuttle will be running from noon to 4pm between the kiosks at Springwood and Station Road. Walk or cycle one way and hop a ride back! The shuttle is fully accessible.

The Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail is a wide compacted gravel trail that is almost 7 km long, and offers plenty of room for all of those on the move or just out for exercise. Along the way, check out the best of Oceanside graffiti art, gaze down into the cool mossy depths of Romney Creek, or watch the bald eagles riding the air currents near their Church Rd area perch and nest trees.


RDN 50th Anniversary
Lisa Moilanen
Communications Coordinator
Regional District of Nanaimo

Parks to Coombs Rail Trail Opening
Wendy Marshall
Manager Parks Services
Regional District of Nanaimo

What You Should Know

Outdoor Event

  • Rain or shine, the event will go on.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather of the day.


  • Use the 'off-leash dog park' parking lot at the far west end of Despard Avenue.
  • Overflow parking is available at adjacent Springwood Elementary School.

Ceremony Site Access

  • Start at the RDN kiosk by the parking lot and follow the trail up to the ceremony site.
  • It's about 275 m from the kiosk to the ceremony site, with one easy slope.
  • Washrooms are available within Springwood Park.

At the Ceremony

  • Come visit the RDN displays, information booths, and bike registration.

Out on the Trail

  • After the ceremony, the event moves onto the trail which runs about 7 km to the kiosk at Hwy 4A and Station Rd in Coombs.
  • Along the way will be three water and snack stations.
  • Check out the Woodlot station for new trails to explore.

Food and Drink

  • Cake and refreshments will be available at the ceremony. As well as snacks and water at the trail stations.

Free Shuttle

  • From noon to 4 pm, there will be a free shuttle running between the Springwood and Coombs kiosks.
  • Walk one way, and hop a ride back. Limited bike racks available.

Fully accessible.

  • Note: There are no parking lots associated with the Rail Trail beyond Springwood Park.