Nanaimo’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture has just published a new edition of their Parks and Trails Brochure. This colourful map clearly outlines hiking and bicycle trails through the city. There are detailed maps of Third Street Park, Bowen Park, Beban Park, Colliery Dam Park, Nect Point Park, and Downtown Nanaimo. Symbols indicate which facilities are available and on the back of the map there are photos and descriptions of the main parks.
The map follows the Trans-Canada Trail from the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal along the Harbourside Walkway to the Millstone River where it turns inland and runs alongside Bowen Park and Buttertubs Marsh to join the Parkway Trail. After passing through Colliery Dam Park, the Trans-Canada Trail heads south toward Victoria via Harewood Mines Road. Nanaimo’s largest trail networks are in Westwood Lake Park, Linley Valley Park, and Newcastle Park, as indicated on the map.
The Downtown Heritage Walk with its railroad, coal, and harbour connections shown in the brochure could fill many days of fascinating exploration. You can pick this handy map up for free at Nanaimo City Hall, Tourism Nanaimo on Bowen Road, and at the tourist office next to the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Commercial Street downtown. Also print out the Nanaimo Waterfront Walking Tour and Nanaimo Downtown Walking Tour on GoNanaimo.com.