On Vancouver Island in Comox Valley near Courtenay, the Mt. Washington Cross Country Ski Area has 55km of daily groomed trails through fabulous mountain scenery meandering by alpine lakes and meadows. This area is known as one of the finest places to nordic ski in the Pacific Northwest with scenic trails through rolling meadows along challenging climbs and descents.
If you are looking for some nightlife, you may want to check out the Waverley Hotel Pub in Cumberland.
To reach Mount Washington from Namaimo, follow the Inland Island Highway to Exit 130 (its about a 90 minute drive).
Please Note: Strathcona Parkway requires good winter tires OR that you carry chains with you.
Road Report - this is an external link to the most current road conditions available on the road to the mountain. You may search from there for other BC road conditions. The Toll Free number you may call is: 1-800-550-4997.
BC Ferries - Nanaimo Ferry terminals are serviced from Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen on the Mainland