Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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

easy walking. great views at the point.

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 :(

on Morrell Nature Sanctuary

walking
1 month ago

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

too short maybe good hike for young hikers

nice walk I took my little buddy there alot of dogs

2 months ago

nice walk with the dog, great at sunset

Nice hike. Really enjoyed the walk and the kettle house doors were a nice touch.

They have expanded the trail; now enters into a larger trail section. Look for the signs when walking it!

walking
4 months ago

Nice walk along the ocean. Awesome on sunny days, you can see all the mountains across the water.

We really enjoyed a lovely quiet gentle hike at Morrell this February. It’s not strenuous but not necessarily an easy-breezy walk either, as the path gets pretty narrow and there are a LOT of exposed roots, making tripping a hazard if you’re not watching the ground. (This is not an accessible trail for those who would typically have difficulty navigating stairs, for example.) There are excellent trail signs and lots of information signs on the flora and fauna of the area. There’s a fair bit of traffic noise near the parking lot, but as you get closer to the pond and Morrell Lake, it’s much less. There are some trail options, such as walking the Hydro line or the fire access road, which might be better for those running. We did a 3.5 km loop with about an altitude change of 7 flights of stairs according to my iPhone. We really liked the special stand with the bucket of dog treats, a big bowl of water for the dogs, and the separate bin for dog doo. Everything about Morrell was thoughtful and welcoming. We wondered why we hadn’t been here in so long - it’s a great, interesting, short easy hike. A nice alternative to the 6k around Westwood if you’re short on time.

Beautiful stroll in the woods. We only did one of the super short walks, but I'll definitely be back! There were little gnome homes in the trees along the one loop.

10 months ago

Trailhead is easy to find and the hike has little to no elevation. Great views all around and if you're lucky, sea otter sightings around the point!

Easy walk through this location. Little to no elevation gain. Many, different trails in a contained area. So you can make this a 1km walk or a 5 km walk and be amongst nature. We shared the trail with hikers and trail-runners and dog walkers. Bring water, pick up after you dog and please don't litter!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice and easy out and back trail near the Duke Point ferry. The trail is very nice with a couple options for beach walking when the tide is out. There are a couple sets of wooden stairs that are in good condition. Good views of Nanaimo, Mt. Benson, and the ocean.

Nice bike trail

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

easy

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Done it well over a hundred times. some routes still challenge me.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Very nice. Too short

First time. Snow covered. Better if dogs could be off leash.

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Nice trail. getaways. Need to take a boat shuttle there

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

March 31st, Pretty much had the trail to ourselves. Got lucky with unseasonably warm day.

hiking
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

It was beautiful and awesome. Also had a good time slipping into the water after trying to be cool walking across a slippery log! :D Be careful kids!

hiking
Saturday, July 27, 2013

Short but Nice. Beaver there too.

camping
Thursday, January 24, 2013

i like this small island a lot i would recommmend camping over night note it is only tenting!!, it has a great history of mining underneath it and the chance to see the old quarry sites for sandstone mining. The trails around the island are well worth the hike and i would recommend this being a five minute boat ride over to the island via public foot ferry it is 9 dollars for a round trip

hiking
4 days ago

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