Spit Walk Trail

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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada12.826 đóng góp
thg 10 năm 2020
The “Spit Walk” proved to be a bit of a surprise on at least two fronts. First, I was actually stupefied to learn of its existence. Despite spending a significant amount of time on Haida Gwaii (years), I had never once heard of this trail. It was only after reading a brief write-up from Ocean Sound Kayaking AND spying the trail route on a detailed map of Haida Gwaii by BRMB that my veil of ignorance was lifted. Second, the Spit Walk surprised in that it proved to be a fairly pleasant stroll.

On the one hand, it is kind of surprising I didn’t know of this trail given that it’s basically a 10 kilometer loop around the perimeter of Sandspit Airport; thus, it’s hardly a brief walk easily missed. On the other hand, I could argue that it’s not terribly surprising because no explicit trailhead signage exists. It seems like you just have to “know” or have one of those BRMB maps handy.

Beyond my ignorance as to the trail’s existence, it did surprise on a more meaningful front. Despite the mundane sounding nature of the walk (around an airport perimeter), it actually turned out to be a lovely stroll and a great way to see more of the Sandspit area. Now, a bit more on the trail:

The Spit Walk can be accessed at two major points – along Tacan Road or Beach Road. If you want to do this walk, I’d recommend starting at Beach Road adjacent to the “Spirit of Sandspit” (giant salmon sculpture) because there’s parking available at the site of the former government wharf. If you choose to start at Tacan Road, you’ll have a hard time with parking unless you park in the nearby SuperValu lot. So, for the sake of argument, let’s assume you’re starting from the “Spirit of Sandspit.” From here, just walk along the perimeter fence. The trail is wide, flat and clearly marked. It may seem a bit daunting going straight on such flat land for lengths at a time, but there are benches strewn about to allow for some rest. In addition, if you wish to break up the monotony, there are a few little side paths that provide access to the beach. If you’re visiting at low tide, I’d strongly recommend detouring off the Spit Walk and enjoying the Sand Spit (Sandspit’s namesake). There’s just something peaceful about being able to walk so far out from the mainland and using the ocean’s calm to clear one’s head.

Anyhow, if you exclude an excursion out to the beach, the physical landscape of the Spit Walk is largely grassy and flat. I might even go so far as to say it is wheelchair accessible. Indeed, I can see why many a local enjoys running or biking along this loop – makes for some good exercise.

As you finish this easy walk and emerge onto Tacan Road, the only thing to watch out for is vehicle traffic since this part of the “trail” has you walk along the side of an active road until you loop back to Beach Road. Besides that, there really is nothing to be wary of on the trail except for the odd low-flying aircraft (haha) and possible high winds.

Overall, I enjoyed the Spit Walk because it allowed me to get some exercise while also exploring something I thought was familiar. I’m not sure I’d do the whole thing again, though, because the scenery does get a little repetitive. I would, however, gladly use the trail to access the Sand Spit again!
Đã viết vào 26 tháng 11, 2020
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