Features: 
Forested trails, Horseback riding, Mountain biking

This is a multi-use trail used by horseback riders, cyclists and walkers, built completely within the Agricultural Land Reserve.  Many parts of the trail offer good views of active farms and other sections run through the forest. The trail surface changes over the extent of the trail between compacted native soils and varying sizes of compacted gravel.

Location

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.

Features

  • The One Spot Trail was built primarily for horseback riding.There are a few sections with packed gravel but much of the trail has a dirt surface. Walking, cycling and horseback riding are all permitted as this is a multi-use recreational trail
  • 17.5 km of trail in three separate trail sections
  • Length of trail runs through Agricultural Land Reserve offering good views of a variety of active farm operations and their respective crops
  • Roadside parking for horse trailers on Burns Road and Tsolum River Road, park benches

Park Etiquette

  • Leashing is required due to close proximity of the trail to farm operations and farm animals. Due to the rural location of this trail expect to see a variety of wildlife on or near the trail.
  • This is a multi-use trail, heavily used by horse riders, cyclists 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.

History

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.