Distance Walked: 7.22 km
Walking Time: 1 hr, 45 min
Trail Rating: Easy (with options for moderately steep climbs and rock scrambling)
Address: 1055 Morningside Drive, Nanaimo
Neck Point Park is surrounded by rugged rock cliffs and pebble beaches. It offers 36 acres of waterfront forest with several short trails, including a 1.8- kilometre loop around its perimeter. Boardwalks and lookouts provide numerous vista points overlooking the ocean to the mountains and islands beyond.
In 1994, at the age of 76, Annie Clark helped to initiate the process to protect this area from commercial or residential development. If you’ve been following this series, you’ll note that Annie joins Gertrude Moore, Widow W. J Westwood, Elizabeth Rath and Anne Klees in being directly or indirectly instrumental in protecting historic, scenic and environmentally sensitive areas on Central Vancouver Island.
This small park is a wonderful place for slow exploration of its captivating nooks and crannies (waterproof hiking boots are best for this purpose). In order to reach our minimum goal of a 7 km hike, we walked some of the loops more than once.
Neck Point is popular with locals and tourists, young and old alike. By 10:30 am, the parking lot was filled with over 50 vehicles. We arrived early to spend some quiet time with these guys.
Adding some controversy, Fairy Houses have been nailed into the bottom of some trees by park users, offering several trinkets inside for children to explore, take or trade. Word on the street is that people either love or hate these whimsical additions. What are your thoughts?