Top Bridge Regional Trail

Inaugurated in 1999, this rough and ready 4 km trail takes you from the ocean at Rathtrevor Beach Park to the river canyon and original crossing site of the Englishman River known as Top Bridge. In 2007, a magnificent pedestrian-cyclist suspension bridge reconnected both sides of Top Bridge, linking the community and parks that touch on the trail. Used as a film location, Top Bridge was voted one of 10 Amazing Places in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region. Whatever the time of year, there's always something of interest to see at Top Bridge.

Trail Alert, Updated March 21, 2024

A section of the Top Bridge Regional Trail between the Inland Island Highway and Industrial Way that crosses private land has been closed to public access since May 2023. The RDN has reached an agreement with the City of Parksville to realign a section of the Top Bridge Regional Trail over an existing road right-of-way and on City of Parksville-owned lands to restore public access from the resort area of Parksville to the Top Bridge suspension bridge crossing. The trail work is expected to begin in April and will be substantially complete by the fall of 2024. Intermittent trail closures will occur when trail improvements are being implemented on the new trail.

What to do
Salmon View
How to get there
Park Gate Hours

Summer (May 1 to October 30)

  • Open at 7 a.m.
  • Closed at 9 p.m.

Winter (October 31 to April 30)

  • Open at 7 a.m.
  • Close at 7 p.m.

If you do not remove your vehicle by closing time, it will be locked in until 7 a.m. the following day