Category: Outdoor Adventures

Stepping Back in Time at Morden Mine

July 10, 2015

Hi everyone – Megan here! I wanted to blog about a recent trip we took to Morden Mine and the Nanaimo River Regional Park as a family, as it was just such a great day. We started off by heading over to Nanaimo River Regional Park, located off of Thatcher Road in the south Wellington area of Nanaimo. It’s a beautiful walk along the Nanaimo River – perfect for kids with bikes (my 5 year old brought his) and walking with a stroller (our daughter likes to ride in style). The trail meanders past farms & fields and eventually along the river before […]

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Hitting the Trails with the Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club

June 18, 2015

Hey guys, TN Staffer Liam here. I had only ever been to the Doumont trails once and having it been such a long time since I had gone biking through these trails I figured I would give it another shot. This is where curiosity meets opportunity as Nanaimo has a Mountain Bike Club! A key proponent that makes the club so popular is that they offer large and small group rides for different skill levels. Also they are a club that stresses the importance of promoting positive environmental practices as well as rider safety through excellent trail design, construction, and maintenance. Doing these […]

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What’s UP with SUP?

June 16, 2015

Hey y’all! TN staffer Laura here 🙂 Van Isle Paddleboard Co. took us out for a test drive of Stand-Up Paddle boarding. I was pretty stoked because I have always wanted to try it. We went out on Westwood Lake which is an awesome place for beginners as there isn’t much of a current and it wasn’t too windy the day we went (however, the clouds were very dark and daunting!). Kate Burgan from Shaw TV joined in on the fun too! Jenn set us up on the beach and gave a demo on how to hold your paddle and […]

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WTF (What’s To Fear) at WildPlay Element Park!

August 29, 2014

Last week, Jennifer from WildPlay Nanaimo, invited the Tourism Nanaimo team to test their fear with the newly unleashed WTF (What’s To Fear) Jump. With camera in hand, I jumped into the Tourism Nanaimo van, picked up Sarah and Sam, and headed down south to WildPlay Nanaimo. Located in the Cassidy region, overlooking Nanaimo River, sits Nanaimo’s WildPlay Element Park. I’ve been to the park on a few occasions and every time I walk the paved path to Guest Services, I’m sure the bungy bridge grows taller and taller! We met Jennifer, WildPlay Element Parks Manager and our guide extraordinaire, at […]

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The Top Scenic Viewpoints Around Nanaimo

August 12, 2014

A city brimming with lush forests, beautiful beaches, scenic coastal landscapes, Nanaimo has it all! The beauty around us is best enjoyed by soaking in the views up close, so park the car and walk the (often) short distance required to really connect to the natural beauty in front of you! Near The Water The location of our harbour city provides an incredible array of beaches, from long stretching shorelines to quiet enclosed seaside coves – we have it all! Neck Point Park Neck Point Park is recognized as an environmentally sensitive area and is known for its scenic and […]

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From Bald Eagles, to Orcas, to Bison – Wildlife Viewing in Nanaimo is Endless!

July 29, 2014

Hey y’all! Here at the Visitor Centre, we get quite a few questions on wildlife viewing. Where can we see wildlife in Nanaimo? Well, depending on what wildlife you want to see, there are many different places and ways to do so! To see marine wildlife you can sit back in one of Nanaimo’s numerous parks to get your fill, or, if you’re more adventurous, get right in there and get wet and wild! You can kayak or stand-up paddle board in Ladysmith, which is just a 20 minute drive from Nanaimo, where Sealegs Kayaking is located on Transfer Beach. […]

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Easy Walking Trails in Nanaimo

June 17, 2014

This post is for everyone who loves exploring the outdoors, but does not necessarily want or is able to do long and more challenging walks. These walks are great for a short afternoon stroll, or taking the kids out on an easy outdoor adventure, while exploring beautiful Nanaimo. Although these trails are easy walking they are not all fully wheel chair accessible. Neck Point Park This park has been featured in some of our other posts, but it is just so versatile that one can hardly stay away. Neck Point park has numerous trails varying in length and difficulties. Heading […]

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Unleash Outdoor Adventure at WildPlay Element Parks!

May 8, 2014

A few weeks ago I got a text from my brother and as I opened the message, which was a video of someone bungy jumping, my first thought was, “There’s NO WAY that’s my brother bungy jumping”. My second thought: “How DARE he went with out me and my camera!” So when my cousin Liz came to visit from Calgary, and when my friend Mike came in to town on his days off from work, I decided I was going to persuade everyone to head to WildPlay Element Parks. Located at 35 Nanaimo River Road, WildPlay has everything you need to […]

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