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Top 10 Nanaimo Walks


Walking and hiking around Nanaimo are popular among visitors and residents alike, and there are so many great locations to do so.

This article will focus on the more leisurely trails, rather than strenuous hikes (I’ll save that for another post). The following walks are great for a shorter stroll, and perfect for taking the kids out on an easy adventure.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 Nanaimo walks!

Neck Point - a view from one of the Top 10 Nanaimo walks.

A view from Neck Point

Top 10 Nanaimo Walks

Organized from North Nanaimo continuing on and through to South Nanaimo.

#1 – Neck Point Park

Named for a gravel bar connecting the park to a large rock out in the water, Neck Point Park offers stunning ocean views. The rock off the gravel bar is the perfect location to sit and watch sea lions and, if you are lucky, sometimes even orcas as they pass by. The trail that runs through the park is mostly developed and consists of a few boardwalks (with stairs), lookouts, and information boards. The shoreline and rocky bluffs offer many nooks and crannies to explore.

Insider Tip: In the forested section of this walk be sure to watch out for the fairy houses scattered among a few of the large trees.

Location: North Nanaimo – at the end of Morningside Drive (off Hammond Bay Road).

Wheelchair / Stroller Accessible?: Much of the park is wheelchair accessible, however along the shoreline it is not, and as mentioned above, there are a few stairs leading up to the elevated boardwalks.

Length: Approximately 1.5 km loop.

Dog Friendly?: Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.