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Vancouver Island is a beautifully rugged place with the Pacific Ocean hitting on the West Coast and Victoria on the Southern tip. The Island enjoys a full 4 seasons, with boating and fishing in the summertime and skiing in the winter on Mt Washington. If you are coming to visit or planning on relocating to Vancouver Island, We Canadians will welcome you. 

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Bowen Park

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Bowen Park is another Beautiful Park centrally located in Nanaimo and is easily accessed off of B

Morrell Nature Sanctuary

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Morrell Nature Sanctuary is a beautiful wooded area with an abundance of paths where you can go f

Colliery Dam Park

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Just went up to Colliery Dam Park today, took a look around and captured a few pictures.

Suragloaf Mountian

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Suragloaf Mountian is probably one of the smallest parks in Nanaimo but the views are spectacular

The Old Stone Butter Church

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The Old Stone Butter Church 1870

5455 Lemo Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 5L4, Canada 

Qualicum

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Qualicum is a small little town that is well oriented towards catering to middle-class elderly pe

Mount Washington ski resort

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What a beautiful place to ski, snowshoe, snowboard and more.

Westwood Lake and Trail

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Westwood Lake and Trail

Westwood Lake and Trail is a lake in the central part of Nanaim

Buttertubs Marsh

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Buttertubs Marsh

Sorry, no dogs allowed and not really wheelchair friendly, other than

Nanaimo Waterfront including Maffao Sutton Park

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Nanaimo Waterfront including Maffeo Sutton Park.

As a full-time resident of Nanaimo ove

Neck Point Park

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Neck Point Park

Neck Point Park is one of the most beautiful parks on Vancouver Island.

Bowen Park is another Beautiful Park centrally located in Nanaimo and is easily accessed off of Bowen Road. The park boasts beautiful nature trails some of which run along the Millstone River and has a small yet beautiful waterfall. The park also boasts an outdoor swimming pool, lawn bowling, tennis courts, horseshoe throwing, frisbee gulf, a rhododendron garden that is gorgeous when in bloom. If you have not yet been to this park it's well worth the visit.  

Morrell Nature Sanctuary is a beautiful wooded area with an abundance of paths where you can go for a really nice nature walk. Dogs are allowed and no doggie bags are provided as they are unsightly and the park would prefer the droppings just be kicked off of the path. The park has a small lake at on end and is usually a peaceful place as not a lot of people know about it. 

Just went up to Colliery Dam Park today, took a look around and captured a few pictures. It's late February now and there is some snow on the ground. 

The park itself is a beautiful park that is sort of hidden away in south Nanaimo on the corner of Sixth Street and Wakesiah Avenue. There is also another parking lot just up Nanaimo Lakes Road. 

The Park is family friendly and has a swimming area and public washrooms. There is also a walk around two small lakes and lots of beautiful scenery to take in. For those of you who have pets, there is also a dog off-leash area.

Suragloaf Mountian is probably one of the smallest parks in Nanaimo but the views are spectacular if you are up early enough the sunrise is gorgeous if not you can still see wonderful views of Mount Benson, Departure Bay, Gabriola Island, New Castle Island and more.  

The Old Stone Butter Church 1870

5455 Lemo Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 5L4, Canada 

We visited this old church on December 14, 2016 and took the attached pictures on the same day. Here are a few links that show some of the history of the building. Link 1 Waymarking  link 2 Joe Jac.com

Qualicum is a small little town that is well oriented towards catering to middle-class elderly people who are still active. The town hosts a Classic car show on a yearly basis and is easy to walk around. The town also has some good coffee shops and a very nice grocery store called Qualicum foods

What a beautiful place to ski, snowshoe, snowboard and more. This Mountain is located on central Vancouver Island and has wonderful conditions for skiing. The resort is also not as crowded as places like Whistler Mountain in Vancouver. There are some pictures here and more if you follow this link to their site Mount Washington

Westwood Lake and Trail

Westwood Lake and Trail is a lake in the central part of Nanaimo. The lake has swimming in the summertime and has a 5.51 km trail that can be walked or run year-round. The trail is open to dogs on leash with an off leash area on the backside of the lake. The trail has some hills and is not wheelchair friendly. The lake also has picknick tables a small playground and some sandy beach areas for suntanning and enjoying the sun.

Buttertubs Marsh

Sorry, no dogs allowed and not really wheelchair friendly, other than that this is also a beautiful place to go for a nice walk the path is mostly dirt and is about 3 kilometers in length. there are no hills to climb and the scenery is beautiful for this bird sanctuary that is located in the center of Nanaimo. 

Nanaimo Waterfront including Maffeo Sutton Park.

As a full-time resident of Nanaimo over the last 20 years, I've found The waterfront of Nanaimo a fabulous place to walk, run, hang out, listen to concerts, and see other activities as they arise. The pathway is easily wheelchair accessible and there is coffee and ice cream shops along with a gift shop and a waterfront bistro. Close and withing walking distance is the Nanaimo Bastion and cannons which get fired during the summer months. This is a good place to stop when passing through or visit regularly as a resident.

Neck Point Park

Neck Point Park is one of the most beautiful parks on Vancouver Island. It's located one the waterfront has a beautiful view of the north shore mountains. There is a short walk around the waterfront that is accessible to most people yet is not wheelchair friendly as there are some stairs and rough areas. The site is perfectly positioned for spectacular views of both sunrise and sunset. Parking is free as is use of the park. This park is well worth the visit.