- Difficulty Easy
- Time 0.5 hours
- Round-Trip 1.3km
- Elevation Gain minimal
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver n/a
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
The Enchanted Forest on Pender Island is located in a lush west coast rainforest on the Southern Island. The walk through the forest is fairly easy, with a trail that descends down to a waterfall (dry in the summer) and viewpoint.
From Spalding Road, walk under the wooden sign and enter the forest. Go left on the trail that is parallel to the road and continue until you reach a junction. Continue on the trail to the left towards the waterfall as the trail heads deeper into the forest and begins to descend.
Not too far along the trail, you reach a wooden bench with a view of the waterfall. The waterfall is usually dry during the summer months and after long periods of sunshine, however it's a rellaxing sight to see the water flowing over the edge during the fall and early spring.
Continue down the trail as it descends quickly before going up a few rocky steps. The trail passes through a grove of trees, including the beautiful arbutus trees with their shedding bark. A short distance further and the trail ends with a semi-obstructed view through the trees of Bedwell Harbour.
Return via the same trail, walking back uphill and into the forest, passing the wooden bench by the waterfall and returning to the junction. To do a short loop through the forest, go left and follow the boardwalks as you enjoy the trees and fauna of the rainforest. Go right at a second junction to continue looping through the forest, then a few more steps and you've reached the wooden sign where you began your hike.