Hiking in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island
The beauty of this region stands out especially well from great heights. Hiking in Nanaimo is a rewarding way to spend a Sunday afternoon, or a Friday night !
Provides outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to climb a 6 hour trek up and down a mountain within 10 minutes of Nanaimo. Accessable from Witchcraft Lake on Benson View road , this hike overlooks Westwood Lake and goes through old growth forest, streams and waterfalls. Views of the city and beyond are spectacular.
Neck Point Park
This 17 hecatare waterfront park features stunning views and a real west coast feel. A popular place for snorkelling in the summer, the park also has benches and several lookout points.The parking lot is located off of Hammond Bay road.
This 90 acre parkland offers a network of well established trails that wind past a waterfall, a fish ladder and a nature centre. Colourful gardens surround the variety of amenities available in the park from lawn bowling to swimming. The large rhododendrons are a highlight.
Cable Bay Trail
A great place to watch sea lions from October to April or seals playing in Dodds Narrows. The 2 kilometer trails leads through mixed forest before crossing a stream by the ocean.
Buttertub Marsh offer superb opportunities for wildlife observation with 4.5 km of trails. Surrounding wetlands provide important habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife species. Trails ramble through 49 acres of natural paradise for the birders.
Walk or cycle or run around this 152 acre man-made lake. A 6 km trail following the contours of Westwood Lake offers beautiful scenic viewing opportunities.
Whether your taste is for a vigorous 8 km run, a quiet nature walk, a step into history, a leisurely stroll to one of the many restaurants and pubs along the way, or simply the best seat in the house for the many harbor activities, the Harbourside Walkway offers it all.
With an area of over 1,000 acres, this is the last remaining large expanse of natural habitat located within the boundaries of Nanaimo. It contains a mix of mature Douglas fir forest with many old growth trees, open meadows and woodland, sun-drench bluffs and hidden wetlands.
Morrell Nature Sanctuary
This 275 acre second growth forest allows a first hand look at the flora and fauna found in the region. Over 11 km of walking trails thread their way through a mixed Douglas Fir forest which surrounds Morrell Lake, a small creek and a beaver pond. Great for birders as well.
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