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 the 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.
It takes a lot of time in the seat to become a great rider, but the trail isn’t the only place to improve your riding skills. Check out the Stevie Smith Pump and Jump track, in the middle of Nanaimo, to improve your ability to create momentum and to practice landing big jumps with grace and style. Connect with the locals to learn about our riding community and what’s new in the world of MTB.
Road riders will appreciate the 20km Nanaimo Parkway Trail, a paved, mixed-use trail that runs parallel to the highway and connects many of our parks and recreation facilities. A great ride for all ages.
We’re a very pet-friendly community, with a dozen off-leash parks to explore with your fur-children and many pet-friendly hotels. Pick up some useful information in the Tourism Nanaimo Visitor Centre while your pup makes friends in the fully fenced, off-leash dog park.
If it can be done outdoors, it’s probably happening in Nanaimo. Join us and enjoy the great outdoors.
Adrenaline pumping to scenic serenity, these adventures should top your “Must Do” list.
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