Photo by Dana Wacker

Blueback Beach is one of Nanaimo’s best-hidden gems. Located in North Nanaimo, below roughly 200 stairs, the beach offers breathtaking views of the coastal mountains and sunset all at once. The shore itself is a mixture of small-to-medium sized rocks at first, but quickly transitions into a long sandbar, making it a great place for swimming, wading, and floating. Despite the stairs, the walk to the beach is actually quite short, only 300 meters.

The park is open all year-round, making a great place to beat the heat in the summer or a quiet hideaway in the winter. Regardless of the season, the stairs themselves are a popular place for those in search of a high-intensity workout.


  • Birdwatching
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming
  • Running


  • Not wheelchair accessible

How To Get To Blueback Beach

  • To get to Blueback Beach, follow the Island Highway north until Mary Ellen Drive (behind Chapters and Save On Foods). Turn right onto Mary Ellen Drive
  • Turn right onto Dover Rd.
  • Follow Dover Rd until Blueback Road, turn left.
  • Follow Blueback Road straight to the end, the parking lot for Blueback Beach access is at the end of the road.

Also, Nanaimo transit routes #20A and #40 have a stop there on Blueback Road & Dover.

Blueback Beach Parking

Parking for Blueback Beach is available off Icarus Drive, in a private parking lot with room for roughly 15 vehicles. There is on-street parking available as well, but we recommend opting for the parking lot if possible.