We’ve seen a flurry of stunning fall pictures shared on Instagram. Thank you to everyone using the #ExploreNanaimo hashtag so we can share!  We thought we would add just a few autumn walks to your list to see in the Nanaimo & Region. Here are a handful of our fall favourites!

 five fall walks in Nnanaimo

Jack Point & Biggs Park

Address: 501 Duke Point Highway, Nanaimo

 What you Might See or Experience:

  • Sea Lions off the point or if you are really lucky harbour porpoises
  • Eagles & herons
  • Unique sandstone formations
  • Boardwalks & stairs

Helpful Tips:

  • It’s a 2.5 km loop but quite a few stairs
  • To get there, drive all the way to the end of Jackson Road and there is a parking lot there – walk through the tunnel under the Duke Point Highway to get to the trail entrance
  • Bring a snack to enjoy at the tip of the trail, there is a bench and lots of rocky shores to sit and have a quick break
  • Bring your camera, we’ve seen Sea Lions up close
  • GOOGLE MAP of Jack Point & Biggs Park

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Bowen Park

 Address: 500 Bowen Road, Nanaimo

 What you Might See or Experience:

  • Duck pond
  • Fish swimming up the salmon ladder
  • Fallen totem poles
  • Waterfall
  • A stunning number of maple trees and fallen leaves

Helpful Tips:

  • We suggest using the lower entrance off Wall Street (across from Nanaimo Curling Centre)
  • A perfect backdrop for fall family pictures
  • If you go on a weekday when the Bowen Park Complex is open, you can ask for duck food and head to the duck pond (we stock up at Buckerfields for our weekend visits)
  • GOOGLE MAP of Bowen Park

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Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park

Address: End of Morden Road, South Nanaimo

What you Might See or Experience:

  • Coal Mine history & building remnants
  • Only remaining coal tipple on Vancouver Island
  • Fish swimming upstream to spawn
  • Railway ties from the old railway that would bring the coal to the river to be loaded up and shipped out

 Helpful Tips:

  • Wear shoes or boots that can get dusty/muddy/wet on this 1.2 km walking trail
  • It’s a very wooded trail so go early enough in the day that it won’t get too dark
  • Be careful of fast flowing water in the river
  • Check the community bulletin board to make and check for any recent bear sightings
  • GOOGLE MAP of Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park


Chase River Estuary Park

 Address: 1160 Island Highway South, Nanaimo

 What you Might See or Experience:

  • Chum and Coho salmon swimming upstream
  • Owls, ducks, herons & bald eagles
  • Insects, bugs and critters living in the tall grasses
  • Beautiful views
  • Boardwalk and benches to enjoy the view

Helpful Tips:

  • It’s mucky/muddy/sandy in parts so dress appropriately
  • Interesting tip: Police searching for culprits on the run managed to track footprints in the freshly fallen snow up to and along what is now known as Chase River!
  • Bring your camera and bird watching books to look up all the varieties along the 1.3 km trail
  • GOOGLE MAP of the Chase River Estuary Park


Sandwell Provincial Park

 Address: End of The Strand Road, Gabriola Island

 What you might see or Experience:

  • Beautiful fall colours while driving into this park
  • A unique view to Entrance Island lighthouse
  • Fabulous spot to watch the storms roll in from the Georgia Straight
  • View of mainland mountain ranges on a clear fall day
  • At low tide you can view a petroglyph carved in the sandstone

 Helpful Tips:

  • From Nanaimo this is a great day trip! If you are interested in some other Gabriola Walks to fit in click HERE for a list
  • You can rent scooters and bikes from Pages Marina in Silva Bay and “Scoot” from park to park to make it an even more adventures day!
  • If you forgot to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the picnic area there are some delicious Restaurants/Pubs/Cafes to fuel up between walks
  • For a link to a map of Gabriola Island click HERE
  • GOOGLE MAP of Sandwell Provincial Park

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Happy fall trails, please be sure and comment and let us know if there are any other helpful hints we can add, other parks we can share or pictures to include!