Do you know all the best spots to go for a dip on the weekends? Well, we know one lesser-known place that you've probably never heard of. There is a hiking trail that will take you to a secret suspension bridge and swimming hole in B.C., and you'll have a splashing good time.

Located on Vancouver Island, Top Bridge Trail needs to on your summertime bucket list. It is about four hours from Vancouver and one of the most magnificent spots to enjoy the sunshine.

It is away from all the big crowds you'd find at more popular swimming holes, so you can swim without worrying about people bumping into you.

The woodland pool is part of the Englishman River and has crystal-clear blue water. But that isn't all; there is a suspension bridge here too.

The pedestrian bridge will let you enjoy a birds-eye view of the water below your feet. Or you could use it to capture a photo of your friends swimming directly below.

Getting to the bridge and natural pool is super easy too. You can park on either side of the bridge, and you'll be there in a few steps.

There is even a handy bathroom next to one of the parking lots so you can easily change into your bathing suit.

Some sections of the water are rather deep, and you'll see people cliff jumping off the rocky ledges. It sure makes for an exciting way to spend the weekend.

Just make sure to be careful, as the depth varies dramatically. Other sections of the river the water will only go to your ankles.

In one of the shallow areas, you'll find a long stretch of rocks where you can sit and soak your feet. It would be a peaceful spot to relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the water.

If you are feeling up to it, there are five kilometres of hiking trails to explore. They will take you all the way to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and along towering trees.

Top Bridge

Price: Free

Address: Englishman River Regional Park, Nanaimo G, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can cross a suspension bridge and go swimming.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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