Explore the most popular lake 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.

on Morrell Nature Sanctuary

12 days 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

1 month ago

Are any of the mountain bike trails around Westwood on this app?

Westwood laje trail

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!

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.

5 months ago

I would definitely not call this a moderate hike! There are some ups and downs but all in all it's a really great walking/running loop with beautiful views of the lake. I would definitely recommend this loop to anyone looking for a nice walk or a nice run!

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.

Great hike around the lake. Little to no elevation gain. Trail is shared among everyone, hikers, joggers and mountain bikers. Well marked and great views!

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!



Friday, April 14, 2017

Nice walk around the lake with some great view points..
Dogs are on leash unless in the off leash area ( the off leash area not being very scenic under the power lines)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It's a nice little walk with some nice sceneries!

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.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Nice little trail. Easy to follow. Saw some turtles :)

mountain biking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Way to easy for biking though

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!

Friday, June 05, 2015

Beautiful, easy walk. We usually do this walk on Christmas when we are visiting Nanaimo.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Short but Nice. Beaver there too.

1 month ago

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