When locals are asked about some of the reasons they love living in Nanaimo, most will attest to the beautiful outdoor adventures. The community is home to over 200 parks and trails, and narrowing down where to can be tough! The theme for today is waterfalls, and you’ve got some great options! We recommend the waterfall walks in the spring or fall because the rainfall will add to the wow of seeing them up close.
This place is a gem. If you pick a sunny day, the spray almost looks like glitter pouring over the edge as the sunlight catches the water drops. Getting to Ammonite Falls takes a bit of pre-planning and knowledge, so we’ve mapped out the directions with the help of the Nanaimo guides at Vancouver Island Expeditions. Check out our post on directions to Ammonite Falls!
Chase River Falls aka Granny Falls in Colliery Dam Park
The walk along beautiful boardwalks and through the colourful culvert is an adventure in itself. These falls are gorgeous and not that far of a walk from the parking lot. This is a great little hike for all, and with its close proximity to downtown Nanaimo, it’s a great place to escape to nature within the heart of the city.
Bowen Park Falls
These falls are so close you can almost drive up to them. We suggest parking in the lower section of Bowen Park (near the volleyball courts) and strolling towards the river, following the sound of the running water. In autumn, the trees lining the falls have all changed colour and it’s a beautiful spot to take pictures. You can go for a walk through the park after checking out the duck pond and salmon channel.
Beach Estates Park Falls
It’s best to park in Brooks Landing (near the Tim Hortons) on Terminal Avenue. Use the crosswalk to safely cross the busy street. Across you’ll find the Church of the Nazarene, where you can access the trailhead from the church parking lot. The waterfall is found near the top of the trail but we recommend walking down to Departure Bay beach and watching the ferries dock.
Have fun, #ExploreNanaimo and please be sure to send us any photos, tips or other waterfalls that we can add to this post! Of course, make sure to plan your trip and be adventure smart! Remember to respect the terrain, environment, and other users while you are enjoying the trails. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.