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Nanaimo Newcomers Club

 Sugar Loaf Mountain

What a spectacular view of Departure Bay and Newcastle Island! 

 Englishman River Falls Provincial Park.  This is a short walk where you can enjoy the spectacular upper falls and the small lower falls.  If you're a camper, there's a nice campground with a walking trail that hooks up to the Falls parking lot.  

Englishman River Estuary is located in Parksville at the end of Plummer Road. Be sure to watch for a great variety of wildlife that lives in and around the Estuary. You may also want to take a few minutes to visit the Englishman River Art Gallery where local artists, along with other well-known Canadian and international artists, are featured.

Moorecroft Regional Park  Formerly a United Church camp, this area still features many of the cabins, a view across Georgia Strait and a forest walk through the Meadow.Take Highway 19 to Northwest Bay Road and then turn right onto Stewart Road.                                                                                                                                                                                                        


Notch Hill is an ambitious walk that offers a view of Nanoose Harbour and the north end of Nanaimo and Lantzville.  From Highway 19, take Northwest Bay Road and turn right at Powder Point Road, then watch for the small parking lot to the right for the start of the trail.

 Lantzville  If you like to walk on the beach, check the tide tables for low tide, then park on Oar Road to access a large stretch of sandy beach.  Seabold Road also offers access, but be prepared to walk up and down a long flight of steps.

Neck Point Park is one of Nanaimo's most popular parks.  It's located near the north end of the city off of Hammond Bay Road.  The area was the site of many vacation cottages used by residents of the city over 40 years ago.The last piece of the park was just acquired by the city, and it's now become a popular setting for weddings where it overlooks Hammond Bay, Piper's Lagoon and Shack Island. At low tide, the "neck" gives walking access to the rocks off shore.


Ammonite Falls  is one of three waterfalls in a series of canyons in the bedrock of Mount Benson's foothills. Simple maps can be found on the internet which will guide you on a challenging walk to the falls.  

Westwood Lake Park  Most of the 6 km trail is level, making it an easy walk or jog. It is also a good spot for an afternoon of swimming, kayaking, or just relaxing. 

Buttertubs Marsh is a 2 km walk on a packed dirt path. Take your binoculars as there are many different birds that make their home here, or stop over during migration. From Bowen Road, turn onto Buttertubs Drive. Continue to the end of the road where you will find a parking area on the left.

Morrell Nature Sanctuary is a privately owned nature reserve leased and managed by Morrell Sanctuary Society.  William Morrell, a local contractor, donated the land in 1973 for the public's enjoyment.  The Society offers many programs for school children, and raises funds through donations and their popular plant sales.  The trails total about 11 km and are well-marked within the Sanctuary borders.  There is a connecting trail to Westwood Lake for those who may be more ambitious.  The Sanctuary can be accessed from Nanaimo Lakes Road just west of the Parkway (Highway 19) overpass.

Commercial Street
Take a stroll down Canada's greatest street! Commercial Street was ranked #1 out of 6000
nominations in the Great Places in Canada 2011 contest.