Holland Creek Trail • Cowichan Valley Hiking
Holland Creek Trail is nestled in the rugged forested cliffs above the town of Ladysmith in the Cowichan Valley. A magnificent hike for families!
Looking for the perfect family hike in the Cowichan Region? You’ve found it.
On our first hike of Holland Creek trail our kids were 10, 8, 7 and our Golden Retriever was 4 years old. Holland Creek Trail was the perfect length and difficulty level for our kids. It’s also the gateway trail to more advanced hiking in the area.
The trail is located behind the Vancouver Island heritage oceanside town of Ladysmith with easy access off of Island Highway #1.
Overview Of Holland Creek Trail
Don’t let the proximity to the hillside town of Ladysmith fool you into thinking this trail isn’t worth a hiker’s time. Holland Creek Trail loops all the way from the oceanside picturesque Transfer Beach Park to the rugged steep cliffs above Ladysmith. The trail is full of natural beauty.
One of the reasons this trail is loved by the town and visitors alike is the varied level of difficulty. Much of the North side of the creek is a well groomed urban walking path with some parts even wheelchair accessible, while the South side of Holland Creek Trail is deeply wooded, rugged with plenty of elevation changes. Hikers will find wooden bridges, rustic stairs, rope supports and our favourite, waterfalls.
During the Winter and Spring months Crystal Falls is especially majestic. In the Fall come and see the spawning salmon as they fight and jump up stream to lay their eggs. The salmon find a little help along the way in the century old collier dams that were built in the 1900’s during the coal mining boom.
What Is A Collier Dam Anyway?
Read up and impress those you are hiking with!
“Weirs were constructed in the early 1900s to collect water to wash coal at Transfer Beach. A wooden flume diverted water to a reservoir to supply the coal washing bunkers at the current site of the horseshoe pitch at Transfer Beach Park.” Tourism Ladysmith