Outdoor Adventure

Nanaimo’s outdoor playground is unparalleled. Located in the heart of Vancouver Island, this harbour city opens the door on 360 degrees of adventure: paddle the calm waters of more than 18 lakes in and around Nanaimo, then set your nautical compass for Newcastle Island (Saysutshun), traditional land of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Stand tall after climbing 1,000 meters to the peak of Mount Benson, and feel the immensity of the full circle view. The thrill-seeking travellers surmount heart-pounding challenges with adventure courses, bungee jumping and zip-lining through the tree-tops.

Your Nanaimo Adventure 360°

With something to do at every turn, travellers to Nanaimo can tick off outdoor adventure bucket lists. Try biking down lakeside trails, gain altitude as you trek up paths to panoramic views, and even tee-off with friends at one of our golf courses.

Read more about the outdoor adventure possibilities and see related stakeholders in Nanaimo below.

Biking Hiking Golfing


Biking in Nanaimo

Tear up single track at Westwood Lake or on the Fine China Trail, located on Weigles Road off Doumont Road. Find smooth pavement on the E & N Trail or Parkway Trail.
Stop by our Visitor Centres to pick up a map of local cycling trails, or visit one of our local bike shops.


Nanaimo Hiking Trails

Trails in Nanaimo go everywhere, from the oceanside to mountain summits. No matter what part of the city you’re in, you’ll find a walking trail or park close by, offering hours of quiet outdoor recreation.

Follow the loop trails to scenic viewpoints around Newcastle Island, Biggs & Jack Point Park, Westwood Lake, Neck Point Park, and many more of Nanaimo’s scenic parks and trails. For a more adventurous trek, hike to the summit of Mt Benson. The ultimate Nanaimo hike, Mt Benson offers spectacular views of Nanaimo, the Strait of Georgia, and the surrounding region.
There are over 200 trails and parks in Nanaimo and Region.

For more information about hiking trails, biking trails, or guided tours, stop by our Visitor Centre and pick up Parks & Trails brochure which features a map and details of all parks and trails in the area. Don’t forget – our Visitor Centre is dog-friendly! We are located next to an off-leash dog park so pop in for a doggie treat after your furry friend has a play

City of Nanaimo – Parks & Trails Brochure
City of Nanaimo – City of Nanaimo Off-Leash Dog Parks
City of Nanaimo – Cycling Map for Nanaimo
City of Nanaimo – Transit & Bus Routes Map for Nanaimo


Golf in Nanaimo & Region

One of the main advantages of being in Nanaimo, which enjoys Canada’s most comfortable climate, is that you can play golf almost any day of the year. Along with fair weather, you’ll find impressive fairways, well-groomed greens, and magnificent scenery. There are several stand-out courses within the city limits. In all, you’ll find many excellent courses all within an hour’s drive of the city

Tee times in the central Island area are typically easy to get, even in the high season. However, an added plus in the off season is that green fees drop while the weather is often still holding beautifully. The social aspect of golf is well-recognized with most of the local golf clubs featuring casual dining, relaxing lounges, and an array of welcoming special events.

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