A favourite park among the dog walking set as the trail around the upper dam is a designated off leash area.
Add some variety to the usual Buttertubs trail by including a loop through Nanaimo’s Third Street Park. Park at the Miners Cottage off Jingle Pot Road. Parts of this route make up the first segment of the Trans Canada Trail on Vancouver Island.
Here are the maps for three routes in Linley Valley. Two from the north from the end of Burma Road:
and one from the southeast from Robin Hood Drive.
Cable Bay Trail / Joan Point Park
Another favourite off leash dog park. Check out https://www.nanaimo.ca/docs/recreation-parks/recreation-facilities-and-schedules/dogbrochure.pdf for more details.