Kitsuksis Dyke

The Kitsuksis Dyke walking path is one of the most popular spots in the Alberni Valley to go for a casual stroll.  It’s also one of the most convenient.  The Kitsusksis Dyke path is a paved walkway following both sides of Kitsuksis Creek from it confluence with the Somass River. The northern most section of the trail consists of a dirt path that passes through a mature grand fir forrest, to a waterfall at the railway trestle that spans Kitsuksis Creek.  There are two walking bridges along this loop trail. 

Along the Kitsuksis Dyke walking path you will find picnic areas, a playground, and a water park.  The walking trail is popular with young families, dog walkers (there is a dedicated dog park adjacent to the walking path), inline skaters, and cyclists.  For a trail located in the middle of the City there are relatively good opportunities to watch nature. Bird watching is good year round, black bears can be watched in the fall, and coho salmon can be watched jumping up the waterfalls after the first good rain of the fall. 

1 hour round trip
Vehicle Access: 
Elevation Gain: 
20 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
N 49° 15' 38.873'' W 124° 49' 2.064''
GPS Map: 


UPDATE - The BC Wildfire Service has declared a ban on all Category 2 fires.  This means anything larger than a campfire (0.5 meters wide and 0.5 meters high) is presently prohibited. The forest is extra dry this spring so please be very careful!

IMPORTANT – Any of the various trails described on this website might be accessed through, or pass over, privately owned land. It is solely your responsibility as a hiker to ensure that you have the appropriate permission from the landowner before travelling on any privately owned land. When travelling on privately owned land, please be respectful and responsible, to help ensure the landowners future cooperation with hikers.  

When travelling on privately owned forestry roads, make sure to stay aware and follow all posted signs. Do not enter any areas that are marked closed for active logging, and never approach any logging equipment. Island Timberlands kindly provides information on access restrictions and other important info on their BLOG.

Whenever you venture into the wilderness it is important that you make someone aware of your travel plans, in the event that an emergency situation occurs. Always make sure that you bring with you appropriate survival equipment when venturing into the wilderness for even the shortest hikes. Be mindful of the difficulty of individual trails, and do not attempt hikes that are beyond your physically abilities or training. The volunteers, and owners, of the Valley of Trails website provide information about trails and outdoor activities in the Alberni Valley, but in no way assume responsibility or liability whatsoever in regards to your safety when venturing into the wilderness. It is your responsibility to stay safe in the Valley of Trails.