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Trans-Canada Trail at Cassidy
You can access the Trans-Canada Trail from three locations in Cassidy. One is off a logging road that starts at the end of Timberland Road just past the Rondalyn RV Resort. The second point is at the end of Spruston Road. The third access is located along the Nanaimo River Road where you can walk either to Nanaimo River or the small settlement of Extension.

Rondalyn RV Resort
To get to the trailhead for the Rondalyn RV Resort, continue on the road as it makes a left. Ignore the Trans-Canada Sign that is near the resort's main entrance; this is not the start. Continue on this road for 1.8 km (1.1 miles) past the Malaspina College Heavy Equipment Operators' Program Training Centre.

Mindy's Bridge
Follow the dirt road along the fence line that borders the gravel pit next to the centre. Make sure you keep to the left as you go past a gate to an active logging area. The parking lot and a sign appear just past this junction. The trail will now lead you around the gravel pit to a suspension bridge crossing Haslam Creek called Mindy's Bridge.

Hiking Trail
The trail continues on past Mindy's Bridge and tends to be more suited for hiking rather than cycling. If you are cycling make sure that you have a mountain bike as this section of the trail is quite rough with lots of small boulders exposed.

Swimming Hole
For swimmers there is a small swimming hole downstream from Mindy's Bridge along Haslam Creek. Be careful on the slippery rocks as the trail descends very steeply. There are a couple of small pools in some sandstone shelves plus a gravel beach. Please watch young children and non-swimmers along the Haslam Creek as it can be dangerous.

Spruston Road
The section of trail off Spruston Road starts just past Loftus Road and the Mountainaire Resort. The parking lot is just before McKay Lake Forest Service Road. You can either go on the White Pine Trail which takes you back to Mindy's Bridge on Haslam Creek or to Darryl's Way which takes you to the Nanaimo River.

Darryl's Way
If you do decide on taking Darryl's Way just remember the trail stops at the Nanaimo River with no way of crossing the river. This section of trail is quite overgrown and in terrible need of clearing and is more suited for horseback riding. If you do hike, keep a reminder of the way in as you can get lost on the way out.

Nanaimo River Road
The third section of the Trans-Canada Trail that can be accessed from Cassidy is up the Nanaimo River Road. Turn off Hwy 1 on Nanaimo River Road past the Bunjy Zone. Once you pass the turnoff for White Rapids Road, travel another 3.6 km up Nanaimo River Road to some gates. Look for a small Trans-Canada Trail sign on the gate going towards the Nanaimo River.

Pipeline Trail
If you head south you will end up on the section where there is no crossing across the Nanaimo River and Darryl's Way. The other way going north follows the Pipeline Trail - a multi-use trail that will take you into the small settlement of Extension, eventually north to Nanaimo.

Be Prepared
On certain sections, especially Darryl's Way take some extra surveyor's tape or Compass (GPS) to help guide yourself out of the trail. Remember the trail is rough in spots so don't hike alone plus make sure you let someone know where you're going. Please take the usual wildlife precautions.

Rondalyn RV Resort
If you happen to be in the Cassidy area and need a place to stay, try the Rondalyn RV Resort. The resort is very clean featuring a heated pool, hot tub, golf course, local trails, RV and tenting sites. The owners are extremely helpful and can help you with directions to Mindy's Bridge.

Trail to Mindy's Bridge
Trail to Mindy's Bridge

 

Mindy's Bridge
Mindy's Bridge

 

After Mindy's Bridge going north
After Mindy's Bridge going north

 

After Mindy's Bridge going north
Haslam Creek swimming hole

 

Nanaimo River from Darryl's Way
Nanaimo River from Darryl's Way

 

Mindy's Bridge
Mindy's Bridge

 

Darryl's Way
Darryl's Way

 
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