Posted by: cherylyoung | September 16, 2012

Miracle Beach on Vancouver Island is nothing short of a miracle

 

 

An ideal spot for a family vacation, Miracle Beach

 Provincial Park is a wonderful summer park and

campground.

 

Located midway between Courtenay and Campbell

 River on the east coast, Miracle Beach is one of

 the most popular parks on Vancouver Island.

 

While anytime is ideal for dipping your toes in the

 ocean, the broad safe sandy beach is perfect for

 sandcastle building or studying the marine life of

 tidal pools.

 

Forest trails thread through the second-growth

 forest of Douglas-fir, Western Hemlock and

Western Red Cedar, home to many birds and

animals.

Red squirrels, black-tailed deer and raccoons can be

found around the campground.

 

Black Creek meanders through the park on its way

to the Strait of Georgia, providing an important

staging area for Brant Geese in the Black Creek

 estuary in the early spring.

 

A leisurely walk northward along the driftwood

-strewn beach will bring you to this wildlife viewing

area on Elma Bay.

 

There are 201 large private camping units.

 

Reservations are accepted and first-come, first

-served sites are also available.

 

All amenities, including showers, flush and pit

toilets, a sani-station, adventure playground and

access for the disabled are found within the park.

 

 The Visitor Centre and Nature House has saltwater

 aquariums, nature displays and offers interpretive

 learning programs in an open-air amphitheatre

 during summer.

 

Brochures are provided for self-guided nature

 walks through the park.

 

Miracle Beach Provincial Park is open all year.

 

 Fees are collected for services from May 14 to

September 30.

 

There is a winter fee with nil services provided,

which is charged from October 1 to April 30.

 

Campers must be self-sufficient and user

maintained.

Wide sandy beaches make for good ocean

 swimming.

 

The beach has rocky areas with barnacles and

 shells; footwear is recommended.

 

The most popular swimming area is located at the

 south beach day-use area.

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

Familiarize yourself with ocean currents prior to

canoeing or kayaking in this area.

 

The nearest boat launches are located north of

the park at Pacific Playgrounds and Salmon Point

 Resort, within 10 km.

 

Miracle Beach is a very popular destination during

the summer – campsites reservations are highly

 recommended.

 

 Next door to Miracle Beach is sandy

 Saratoga Beach.

 

 With its many resorts and campgrounds, Saratoga

 Beach is a good alternative if Miracle Beach is full.

 

Miracle Beach Provincial Park (137 hectares) is

located 14 miles (22 km) north of Courtenay and

14 miles (22 km) south of Campbell River, 2 km

from Island Highway 19 on a paved access road

CHERYL HOLMES YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C CANADA

www.cherylyoung.ca

www.sidneymeetup.com

 

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