An alternate access to Rathtrevor Park, in case they ever start charging for parking again. Park at the intersection of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive and follow the trail along Englishman River. The old boardwalk has been removed but there is a sketchy trail along the bank of the river. Alternatively follow Shorewood Drive to Mariner Way to get to beach access. At high tide it may be necessary to use other beach accesses to get around breakwaters people have built out into the intertidal zone.
This hike combines 4 short natural trails with a longish paved trail along Laburnum Road. The highlights of the trail include streamside walks along salmon bearing creeks, wacky woods and distant views of Arrowsmith across pastoral landscapes. Start at the Interpretive Display where Grandon Creek crosses Crescent Road.
This is one of my favourite off leash dog parks, it is picturesque and historically interesting: the site of an old coal mine and a major mining accident. You can do a figure 8 route by starting at either end: at the park access on Labieux Road, or the access on Shenton Road. Or park in the Diver Lake Park in the middle and do a short loop in both directions. Signs posted in the park explain where and when the off leash area is in effect. Check out this site for other dog parks: https://www.nanaimo.ca/docs/recreation-parks/recreation-facilities-and-schedules/dogbrochure.pdf