Explore the most popular hiking trails near Nanaimo with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A go to for a nice afternoon. Great views of the mountains and water. A nice little butt burner.

walking
5 days ago

Beautiful trail with easy access. We saw some seals fishing just off the shore.

walking
14 days ago

It is an amazing walk! Pet friendly and family friendly. This is a walk that I have went on ever since I was 5 years old. Amazing view and ocean!

People should be mindful that this is not a hike for most but a great walk. Just stop, listen, and smell the air. Look for owls and listen to the bull frogs.

Great climb easy to follow the orange markers

Great trail easy to follow the orange markers. Great climb, it was a misty day so didn’t get to see the views but the hike a beautiful.

28 days ago

Easy walk, great views, a number of well built stairs. Be careful of slippery sections. Would enjoyable during all tide conditions.

Steeper then anticipated. Surface was very lose. Easier up then down.. But worth every step. Beautiful view from the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun and challenging hike. 3hr40min round trip "straight up" route (that included quick water breaks and 20 mins at top for lunch and photos). Enjoyed the different types of terrain and the workout. Amazing views all around. Can be slippery on loose gravel/rocks/ground so be mindful of that as well as all the tree roots.
Lots of fun and would definitely do it again!

This is just Westwood Lake, NOT Westwood Ridge..

nice short walk for me little pain in the arse with people riding bikes or joggers think that u have to move out their way

Easy hike with beautiful scenery. Many options to make it more challenging if wanted.

Easy quick trail

Challenging hike if you use the "to the top trail" but can be easier if you use a different one. amazing view of Nanaimo. Well with it. It took my husband and I 4 hours round trip including a 30 minutes so and lunch at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Great quick family hike!

Amazing views, easy walk with a few stairs in some places. The trail meanders around the water front, with breathtaking water views everywhere you look. Lots of benches and look out spots to stop and take in the scenery. I highly recommend this trail.

I can't speak for all of the trail maintenence, signage, or facilities. However, I would suggest going in the morning. at 6pm this Monday there was a man sittinng alone in his car and two other men exchanging a brown bag. Wish I was making this up.

Great walk for the family! Ran into an owl and a deer!

1 month ago

easy walking. great views at the point.

Nice easy stroll in the park with a relaxing feel. The lagoon is beautiful and this is a place worthy of repeat visits.

Many very steep sections that require scrambling on all fours. Nice park with a nice view, but I give it three stars for the roughness of the trail, poor marking in a couple of spots, and value of the view (it's a city view, not spectacular in my opinion). I'm 43, in pretty good shape and my knees and hips are hurtin. Possibly worth doing once for bragging rights, but not worth a repeat trip:) Took 1hr32mins to top, and 3hrs10mins round trip w time at the top.

Fresh blackberries along the trail and nice smooth surface for running or walking. It's an easy walk around the lake surrounded by beautiful forest. I loved it, would be a great place to picnic or take the kids too. Lots of parking too, and I went this past Sunday.

Just made it to the top with my kids. Great workout and great view of Nanaimo.

nature trips
2 months ago

Was a really hard hike for me, as I haven't hiked anywhere, in a while. My legs were sore for 2 days but I would do it again, the weather was perfect, a little bit cloudy with a cool breeze. So lucky! Beautiful view with some great company :)

hiking
2 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike, lots to see. Only two things keeping it from being 5 stars is the constant noise from the nearby rifle range and that portions of the trial you are going up the Downhill bikers trails. Make sure you bring water, you will need it. Dogs will have an issue as there are sections that require you to scale a rock wall (8 feet or so) with a rope.

Great trail by the sea. Many options to shorten or make it longer, so absolutely great with small kids.
Fairy doors add extra magic for the kids:-)

I love the fairy forest you can find here! Plus the views!

However some people keep stealing the fairy doors some kids are making :(

3 months ago

Supper great hike! Even though it was very steep at some points well worth it for the view at the top.

on Morrell Nature Sanctuary

walking
3 months ago

Great place to walk, even have a smaller loop that kids can run around in.

It took my girlfriend and I about 4 hours round trip. This includes the time we stopped at the top for photos. They way up is physically tiring, but not exactly difficult. The way down seemingly takes forever, but was much easier in terms of exhaustion.

The view is great, the exercise was great and I’d do it again.

Side note - it may be difficult for older dogs.

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