Building on the hard work of Nanaimo area Trans Canada Trail (TCT) volunteers, the RDN officially opened the first piece of TCT between the City of Nanaimo and the Cowichan Valley Regional District in early 2001. Key links in the still roughly developed backwoods TCT route include the Extension Ridge, Pipeline, White Pine and Haslam Trails. Most of the approximately 20 kilometres of trail is situated on private forest lands, licensed public access to which is greatly appreciated. An impressive suspension bridge over Haslam Creek was installed in 2002 and a crossing over the Nanaimo River to link north and south stretches of the RDN's TCT will be completed in the years to come. From the Haslam Creek Bridge and Timberlands Road area, continue trekking south to Ladysmith on the Cowichan Valley Trail. For information on the TCT in the Cowichan Valley, contact CVRD Parks at 250-746-2620.
The bridge crossing at the Nanaimo River is still is in the concept development phase. Wading or swimming in the river is not recommended.