Maple Mountain, Mount Tzouhalem, and Mount Prevost are North Cowichan’s key hiking and mountain biking destinations. Additional walking, hiking, and equestrian opportunities can be found on Mount Richards, Mount Sicker, and Grace Road. 

Overnight camping, campfires, and fireworks are not permitted in the Municipal Forest Reserve at any time. 

E-bike use

The Municipal Forest Reserve is available for non-motorized recreational use, such as hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. E-bikes are only permitted if they are Class 1 (100% pedal assist, with no throttle) and have a maximum assist speed of 32km/h.  

Service notices:

Forestry gates: 

The forestry gates will be closed Friday, July 5, 2024 restricting vehicle access to Mount Prevost/Sicker/Grace Road areas as proactive approach to reduce the risk of wildfires given the high fire hazard rating. There are no restrictions on members of the public seeking to hike/bike within the Municipal Forest Reserve (MFR).  The gates reopen in the fall after the fire hazard as decreased.

Staircase to Maple Mountain Orange Trail (Arbutus Ave) Closure: From July 8 to July 19, 2024, the staircase to the Maple Mountain Orange Trail will be closed while crews replace a storm main on Arbutus Avenue.

Trans-Canada Trail / Bell McKinnon Road section: April 22 to late summer 2024: A construction detour will impact the Trans Canada Trail on Bell McKinnon between Mays Road and Herd Road. Trail users should consider detouring this section due to increased vehicle and truck traffic. 

Trails app

The North Cowichan Trails App shows all forestry roads and sanctioned trails for hiking or mountain biking. The app includes trails on Maple Mountain and Mount Tzouhalem, with expansion to the rest of the forest reserve in future years.

  • Geolocate yourself on the mountain. 
  • Find and identify hiking, biking and equine trails. 
  • Trail descriptions and elevations

Mountain access

Maple MountainHiking, mountain biking, & Equestrian Maple Mountain (GPS) (PDF) 
Mount TzouhalemHiking & mountain biking Mount Tzouhalem (GPS) (PDF) 
Mount Prevost

Hiking & downhill mountain biking 

Note: Work on new Mt Prevost trails is underway, with signage and official sanctioning to take place in spring 2024.

Mount Prevost (Original) (PDF) 
Mount RichardsHiking & equestrian Mount Richards (Original) (PDF)
Mount SickerHiking & mountain biking Mount Sicker (Original) (PDF)
Grace RoadWalking, equestrian, & river access.  Grace Road 

Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail runs through North Cowichan from Chemainus to just north of Duncan, and is part of the CVRD's Cowichan Valley Trail system.  Visit for more information. 

Report a park, trail, or bylaw issue

Report a problem

Or by phone Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 250-746-3106 | After hours: 250-746-5112 
Bylaw services: 250-746-3108  
For situations that pose an immediate risk to property, public health or safety, call 9-1-1.