Nanaimo has long been considered a go-to destination for many throughout the world. While it is true that the city is full of mouth-watering restaurants, unique shops, and much more, today we are going to take a look at a few of the best parks for some of the city’s top outdoor activities. The surrounding wilderness is perfect for those interested in hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, and simply enjoying nature, but the Nanaimo parks are where a lot of the fun is at.
Campsites and Newcastle Island
The city of Nanaimo is home to more than 631 hectares of parks, including 13 city destination parks, 90 neighbourhood parks, and 12 off-leash dog parks. Additionally, there are more than 140 kilometres of trails, two outdoor music amphitheatres, 65 playgrounds, and 26 sports fields. These numbers are impressive to say the least, and show yet again that Nanaimo truly is paradise for those looking for an outdoors adventure.
There are numerous campsites throughout many of the Nanaimo parks that offer instant access to nature as well as wildlife watching and activities that are sure to get your heart rate up. The local Visitor Centre is a great resource that will help you decide which Nanaimo parks are great for what and the staff there is incredible friendly! Many parks offer guided wildlife tours where you are to catch a glimpse of area bears, birds, and whales in their natural habitat.
The Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park is one of Nanaimo’s best parks, located across from the downtown waterfront and accessible by boat or ferry only. It is a wonderful spot for visitors interested in camping, walking, and hiking and offers views of various historical points.
WildPlay Element Park
Also located in Nanaimo, the WildPlay Element Park is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Situated along the Nanaimo River, this 17-acre park is home to a wide range of vegetation, scenery, and fun. From the 46m bungee jump to the gently guided zip line and aerial adventures, this Nanaimo park is like no other. The lush Douglas fir forest and high river canyon edges offer impressive views and serve as a fantastic backdrop to many thrilling outdoor activities.
Before you book your trip, be sure and research Nanaimo’s parks and plan your trip around the many opportunities for outdoor adventure. As one of the top destinations in British Columbia, Nanaimo has made a name for itself as the perfect location for those looking for culture, fine dining, breathtaking scenery, and incredible outdoor adventure.
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