Pipers Lagoon

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One of the most picturesque trails in Nanaimo.  The view of the Shack Islands will warm the heart of any Newfie.  When the tide is out you can cross the lagoon’s outlet to the isthmus and the Shack Islands

 

Directions:  From the intersection of Hammond Bay Road and Stephenson Point Road, drive east on Stephenson.  Keep to the left just after Budehaven Drive and park near the end of Stephenson Point Road in front of 2 large concrete road dividers, across from a fire hydrant and the Public Access to the Viewpoint.

The trail starts behind the concrete barriers and follows the power line a short distance before heading up hill.  Keep to the right and follow the trail to Ellis Place.  Turn right on Planta Road and then right on Walkway Road, – the trail just past Devon Estates.  Turn left on Bonnie Drive, right on Hammond Bay Road and right on the “Beach Access” trail beside Chinook Road.  Keep to the right near the bottom and cross the park to the beach.  Continue past the parking area and information sign out on to the isthmus.  It is necessary to scramble up over the first rocky headland unless the tide is low enough to walk around on the gravel beach.  Keep to the right on the trail around the second rocky headland and pay attention to the sign asking you to respect and preserve the native plant community.  Return the way you came, making a short detour to the washrooms before turning left on the trail behind the washrooms.  Follow the trail up hill to Hammond Bay Road; turn left and left again on Planta Road.  Turn left on Budehaven Drive and take the trail at the end.  Turn right after the fence then keep to the left staying on the trail rather than the road.  Keep to the right at the bottom, turn left on Stephenson Point Road and return to the start.  Total time for this 4.59 Km trail is 1 hour 20 minutes.

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Hemer Provincial Park

 

 

Located on Holden Lake south of Nanaimo, this forested park is popular with local residents, who mainly come here to explore the extensive trail system. The marsh area at Hemer Provincial Park is also a favourite destination for bird watchers and ornithologists. A viewing platform over the marsh, approximately 1 km from the parking lot, provides the opportunity to observe various types of ducks, Trumpeter swans, Bald eagles and turkey vultures, as well as beavers.
Approximately 11 kilometres of easy walking trails weave through the park along Holden Lake and through the marsh areas. The trails are forested, primarily with mature coastal Douglas fir, red alder and big-leaf maple. Trails are not marked but are easily identifiable and well maintained. Hemer Park provides day-use opportunities at Holden Lake, a peaceful setting for paddlers, boaters and anglers.

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Lantzville Beach

Lantzville Beach

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This is one of several beautiful ocean front walks along the north shore of Nanaimo. Frequent beach accesses allow the walker to create short 1-2 hour loops, by returning to their starting point along residential streets. As with all beach walks, be aware of the tides. Although some may be tempted to turn left at this beach access and head west around Blunden Point, it is strongly recommended that you don’t try to round the point. One slip and you could be in very serious trouble. The return route along Dickenson Road takes you right past the Village Pub in Lantzville, a great place to reward yourself with your favourite beverage. Alternatively, take the route shown here along Jacks and McGill Roads.

Directions: Starting at the end of Sebastion Road in Lantzville, head east along the beach for a little over 1/2 hour. Turn right up the stairs by the large concrete double outfall. At the top of the stairs turn right on Ptarmigan, continue through the walkway to Medds Road and turn right on to Dickenson Road. Turn right on Lantzville Road and right on Sebastion Road to return to the start.

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Icarus Point

Icarus Point

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This is one of several beautiful ocean front walks along the north shore of Nanaimo. Frequent beach accesses allow the walker to create short 1-2 hour loops, by returning to their starting point along residential streets. As with all beach walks, be aware of the tides. This walk, in particular, has a sandy beach revealed at low tide that makes for easy walking, compared to the cobble stone beach closer to shore. Just compare the photos of two different trips to this beach. This 5.6 Kilometer loop takes about 1 1/2 hours.

Directions: Drive to the east end of Waldbank Road (the east extension of Dover Road) in the Uplands Area of Nanaimo. Park and take the stairs marked with the “Public Access” sign down to the Sealand Road right of way. Turn left, go to the beach and turn left again. Approximately 45 minutes after starting turn left up the stairs by a large double outfall. At the top of the stairs, turn left on Ptarmigan Way, continue along Icarus Drive to Waldbank, turn left and return to the start.

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