Working Farms Please Leash Your Pet
Leash pets and keep dogs out of farm fields to avoid stressing or hurting livestock. Please report incidents to 250-218-2365 or email
Enjoy an outing in farm country on the One Spot. Located within the Agricultural Land Reserve the trail pasts several active farms and patches of second growth forests.
The One Spot Trail is located primarily along the former railway grade of the Comox Logging & Railway Company. The trail is named after the first locomotive to work on the grade, the “One Spot”. It was a wood burning Baldwin engine, built in 1909. The One Spot engine operated in this area for 34 years before it was scrapped in 1943. The track was removed in 1954 after the main logging operations at Headquarters were shut down.
With much help from the Comox Valley Land Trust, the Back Country Horsemen of BC and the Comox Valley Naturalists, the Comox Valley Regional District officially opened the One Spot Trail in the fall of 2004.
Through MoTI permits on the old rail grade, the CVRD has continued to build and maintain new sections of the One Spot Trail both north and south of the Tsolum River. A connection to Wildwood Forest was opened in 2013 after private property owners granted the CVRD a statutory right-of-way across their land to connect the two trail systems. This right-of-way forms part of the Bob Webb Trail. The CVRD will continue to work towards its goal of a completed trail running from Courtenay to the Oyster River, the northern extent of the Comox Valley Regional District.
The One Spot Trail now has three separate completed sections:
- Tsolum South – A continuous 8.5 km stretch of trail starting just south of Cessford Road and running continuously to Todd Road just south of the Tsolum River.
- Tsolum North – A continuous five km stretch of trail beginning on the main trail of Tsolum Spirit Park and continuing to Spike Road
- Macauley Road – There is a four km section of trail accessed off Macauley Road in Black Creek. The trail runs south and almost connects with Hamm Road
The long term goal is to have a continuous trail running from the City of Courtenay all the way north to the Oyster River. A bridge across the Tsolum River is needed to link the Tsolum North and Tsolum South trail sections as well as a few more sections of trail north of Spike Road to connect with the Macauley Road trail across Hamm Road.
- Leashing is required and strictly enforced due to close proximity of the trail to farm operations and livestock. Incidents with dogs off leash or on a farm property, whether they are chasing/harassing livestock or not, will result in fines. Letting dogs run off leash could result in a $100 fine. Allowing dogs to run at large, attack or pursue livestock is also punishable under the Livestock Act.
This is a multi-use trail popular with horse riders, cyclists, runners and walkers. Bikers should call out to walkers and equestrians to warn them of their approach. Trail users are asked to give way to farm vehicles when necessary as the trail passes by many active farms.