Explore the most popular walking 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.

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!

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

This is a great hike with lots of varied terrain. The first time we did this hike we found the south entrance in Extension. Easy hike up to the ridge and spectacular views south and west. Awesome for catching the setting sun! The second time, we entered the trail from the Harewood Mines Rd end. Unfortunately we read the direction sign from one side and went to the left instead of the right, resulting in a less than interesting walk along the power line.... more like a scramble over jagged rocks. Once we realized this was not where we wanted to be, we cut up toward the SW, into the trees. Much better!
The third time.... we got it right and headed right up to the Abyss near the top of the ridge. We met a couple who said the last time they had hike there, the slope was still all forested. Now it’s a pretty sad wasteland with a ton of debris from the logging and a few spindly arbutus. It gets way better up top though, so keep going! Take a look at the big fissure, called the Abyss, (keep small dogs on a leash and watch your littles carefully - it’s just wide enough for one to slip down into) and then carry on up to the ridge. Keep going until you get a great view over the city! Then go some more til you get to the big tower. Take photos here! You might even be able to see Mt Baker in the US! Keep going and enjoy the last couple km, especially where you can see down into the Extension valley. Really pretty. The first couple times were nice and quiet, but the last time we went on a Sunday afternoon, there was a lot of rifle fire coming from the shooting range, and many people on dirt bikes and ATVs, so it kinda sounded like a war going on..... not super peaceful. A fun hike, with lots of terrain, not too hard, and pretty views. You will just have to ignore the logged areas, and try to go when the shooting range isn’t open!

Nice trail for exercise, a fair bit of surrounding noise (hwy, blasting and dirt bikes), and a lot of clear cutting :(

I really enjoyed this short but sweet walk. I'll definitely return in the summer to enjoy some of the little private beaches.

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.

walking
3 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!

walking
3 months ago

Really great walking trail! Pretty short, but it's nice to sit and listen to the ocean. Often you'll see deals or sea lions!

Nice little walk not too much of a hike. Nice for beach walks !

hiking
6 months ago

Deadly

hiking
6 months ago

Went up this last Sunday (Oct 22nd) and proposed to my now fiance. Was extremely hung over for the first half hour of the hike (lol I will never learn). Felt like I was dying half way up but push on. The weather held up and provided the perfect place to pop the question. Would definitely hike it again, but not hung over next time.
cheers.

Lovely walk along the water. Clear lagoon on one side and the strait on the other. Saw several seals or sea lion swimming off shore.

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!

7 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!

Trailhead is easy to find. Begins with an easy walk up to the Petroglyphs then leads to a 15min hike up to the Ridge. About 10-15mins past the Ridge, you'll find the Healing Circle and the Labyrinth. On clear days, you'll have great, beautiful views of all of Nanaimo. Bring a snack and plenty of water and please don't litter!

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
7 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.

it's a tough climb and tougher descent. i wish I would have taken the trail down I had taken up that follows the lower cliff face a little more. I was expecting the hike to be hard on my knees but was not expecting it to be that hard.
Fantastic views from atop, watch out for the angry wasp nest, a couple guys in front of me stirred it up and created an angry swarm. The views made the strain and sore muscles worth it, umatched views of the Georgia Strait and Salish Sea.

hiking
8 months ago

Not a trek for the faint hearted. Straight up incline at points and if you're the pack mule of the group (the big guy that carries everything) then you'll definitely feel every lunge. 3 incredible view points, including the top, that were spectacular. The way down is rough and you need to be very careful with your footing due to loose dirt and gravel.
Helpful tips:
* hike boots not sneakers
* camel packs for water (1 pack per person)
* bring a camera that can catch the mountains in the distance

hiking
8 months ago

An amazing hike. the view at the top is stunning. Highly recommend.

Long uphill hike and climb
Can be hard going
Fantastic panoramic view at the top

9 months ago

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hiking
10 months ago

Harder than I thought it would be but reaching that summit with its spectacular views was worth it!

10 months ago

Very steep in some areas but worth the view when you get to the summit

great trail from my back yard that meets right smack in the middle of the ridge:) beautiful at sunset!

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