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Extension Ridge from Extension Road, Nanaimo [Trip Report]

The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) sections on Vancouver Island offer so much variety. I’m always keen on new trails that are different than anything I’ve experienced before. Yes, most of the sections around Nanaimo are still dirt single track with trees around. Most trails are like that. But the views and twists and turns and connections to other trails are always different. I get a kick out of all the different trail connections along the way.I was roaming farther and farther down the island, hiking parts of the Trans Canada Trail but hadn’t seen on section right in my own backyard, in Extension. The Extension Ridge trail connects the Abyss trails off Harewood Mines road south to the Extension Area. From there, it continues to Nanaimo Lakes Road.

Extension Ridge is a beautiful part of the trail with single track winding all the way up and along the ridge. A power line crossing offers some mixed views, nice to see the neighbouring hills but for that you get to see the powerlines and towers as well.Some photos below are from the last trip I had out there. It was an overcast, wet day, perfect for keeping the heat down while hiking.

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