Distance Walked: 7.2 km (Trail length is 4.5 km. Again we added extra loops.)
Time Spent Walking: 2 hrs
Trail Rating: Easy
The current 4.5 km Nanaimo Waterfront Walkway is a multi-use path that extends along the Newcastle Channel and downtown waterfront. It has been developed and refined over the past 30 years. This first-class trail is an excellent example of what can be achieved when government, businesses, communities and individuals work together. A strategic plan is currently in place to extend this walkway an extra 8 km, and to further link this path to existing Nanaimo trails. You can read more about this vision and planning here.
Something for Everyone:
This highly scenic, fully accessible path truly offers something for everyone. After 10-days straight of various hikes, it was precisely the relaxed trail that we needed. As a bonus, marinas, shipyards, fishing docks, parks, sculptures, gardens, coffee shops, restaurant patios and funky boutiques line much of the trail. Let me show you in pictures.
Surfaces (Walkway and Docks):
A Feast for the Eyes Around Every Corner:
I swear that I could walk this trail every day forever and see something new each time. Today the ‘fried egg plant‘ especially caught my eye. Truly, there was a visual (and gastronomical) delight around every corner. If you live in this area, don’t miss exploring this walkway. Better yet, take me with you. I already wish to return!