Swallowfield Farm / Chemainus Estuary

Once the location of a 300 acre homestead & farm, is now a beautiful walk through old growth forest which leads to breathtaking views of rolling fields, the Chemainus River, and Chemainus Estuary.

Located between Chemainus and Crofton, at the end of Swallowfield Road. You will find a gravel parking area, with a locked gate. This is the beginning of the trail. First you will pass by a farmers field on your left, and forest on your right. Each side of the trail lined with massive blackberry bushes (this is also a great spot for picking when the time is right, usually mid to late summer) continuing on you will pass by massive old maple, cotton wood and fir trees. and eventually come to a ridge above a creek which is the site of the old farm house.

This is also where you will come to a fork in the road. Follow the trail Left, to the river and foot path through the old cattle fields full of trees, flowers and fauna. A popular quiet spot for locals to bird watch, fish, swim or just relax. To the right you will follow the road to endless foot paths through the Chemainus Estuary.

The Chemainus Estuary is one of Cowichan Valleys most important wetlands. With its unique combination of agricultural land, forest land, and wetland it is now under conservation thanks to Ducks Unlimited Canada’s national, private, non-profit organization committed to wetland and wildlife conservation.

 

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