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According to the city of Nanaimo, “Neck Point is a destination waterfront park for Nanaimo and the region. The park is recognized as an environmentally sensitive area and is well known in the community for its historic, scenic and natural features. Additional land was aquired in 2009 and the park now provides visitors with 36 acres of a waterfront setting to explore. Visitors will find rugged rock cliffs, with pebble bay beaches, and winding trails through Garry Oak groves. The park is a great location for photographers wanting to capture the essence of Nanaimo and the west coast lifestyle.”
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Neck Point Park
1055 Morningside Dr
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According to the city of Nanaimo, “Neck Point is a destination waterfront park for Nanaimo and the region. The park is recognized as an environmentally sensitive area and is well known in the community for its historic, scenic and natural features. Additional land was aquired in 2009 and the park now provides visitors with 36 acres of a waterfront setting to explore. Visitors will find rugged rock cliffs, with pebble bay beaches, and winding trails through Garry Oak groves. The park is a great location for photographers wanting to capture the essence of Nanaimo and the west coast lifestyle.”
“Another of Nanaimo's famous waterfront parks. Pipers Lagoon Park features scenic trails with ocean viewpoints making it a perfect place to enjoy sunrises and sunsets. Built on an isthmus that extends out to a rocky headland, this 8 hectare park features twisting trails that lead to a number of seaside lookouts. From the headland you'll have a great view of historic Shack Island and the southern point of Neck Point Park. Pipers Lagoon is an ideal bird watching retreat. Seagulls, sandpipers, horned grebes, loons, kingfishers, oyster catchers and great blue herons a just some of the varieties of bird life. It's also a great spot for beachcombing year round and in the summer some hardy folks even swim here. On windy days bring your kite and watch it dance.”—-City of Nanaimo
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Pipers Lagoon Park
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“Another of Nanaimo's famous waterfront parks. Pipers Lagoon Park features scenic trails with ocean viewpoints making it a perfect place to enjoy sunrises and sunsets. Built on an isthmus that extends out to a rocky headland, this 8 hectare park features twisting trails that lead to a number of seaside lookouts. From the headland you'll have a great view of historic Shack Island and the southern point of Neck Point Park. Pipers Lagoon is an ideal bird watching retreat. Seagulls, sandpipers, horned grebes, loons, kingfishers, oyster catchers and great blue herons a just some of the varieties of bird life. It's also a great spot for beachcombing year round and in the summer some hardy folks even swim here. On windy days bring your kite and watch it dance.”—-City of Nanaimo
From City of Nanaimo: “Maffeo Sutton Park is Nanaimo's signature park overlooking our world famous harbour. The park is a central point along the Harbour Front Walkway. The park hosts countless community special events. It is a great year round destination for walking, playground playdates and picnics. Features and amenities include access to the walking trail, Playdock destination playground (limited wheelchair access), Swy-a- Lana lagoon and swimming beach (no lifeguards), Lions Pavillion covered stage, Spirit Square, ferry access to Newcastle Island ferry, and washrooms. There are a number of public art pieces located throughout the park and along the walking trail. A planning process is currently under-way for phase two of updates to the park. The name remembers two individuals: Pete Maffeo and Joe Sutton. Pete Maffeo was a popular mayor and ice cream shop owner who was admired for community service and sport involvement. Joe Sutton was the caretaker of Deverill Square Park for many years.”
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Maffeo Sutton Park
100 Comox Rd
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From City of Nanaimo: “Maffeo Sutton Park is Nanaimo's signature park overlooking our world famous harbour. The park is a central point along the Harbour Front Walkway. The park hosts countless community special events. It is a great year round destination for walking, playground playdates and picnics. Features and amenities include access to the walking trail, Playdock destination playground (limited wheelchair access), Swy-a- Lana lagoon and swimming beach (no lifeguards), Lions Pavillion covered stage, Spirit Square, ferry access to Newcastle Island ferry, and washrooms. There are a number of public art pieces located throughout the park and along the walking trail. A planning process is currently under-way for phase two of updates to the park. The name remembers two individuals: Pete Maffeo and Joe Sutton. Pete Maffeo was a popular mayor and ice cream shop owner who was admired for community service and sport involvement. Joe Sutton was the caretaker of Deverill Square Park for many years.”
“Kins Park is located towards the south end of Departure Bay (Kin Beach). It is a great spot for an afternoon outing with a grassy area with picnic tables and benches overlooking both the beach and playground area. Departure Bay Beach is a great place for beachcombing anytime of year. During the sumer months there is a designated unpatrolled swimming area. The playground within the park is fenced.”—-City of Nanaimo
Kinsman Park
“Kins Park is located towards the south end of Departure Bay (Kin Beach). It is a great spot for an afternoon outing with a grassy area with picnic tables and benches overlooking both the beach and playground area. Departure Bay Beach is a great place for beachcombing anytime of year. During the sumer months there is a designated unpatrolled swimming area. The playground within the park is fenced.”—-City of Nanaimo
City of Parksville, “Established in 1963, the waterfront Community Park is the jewel of Parksville. The park land is steeped in history; Parksville's namesake, Nelson Parks, had a small shack near the land that currently makes up the Community Park. It is said that at a social event in his home, he remarked that it looked as though everyone around was present, so the settlement should be called "Parksville". To this day, the 39 acre Community Park lives up to its name and remains a gathering place and site for events and festivals. There is plenty of space on the beach for everyone and the park offers recreational facilities to satisfy the whole family.”
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Parksville Community Park
193 Beachside Dr
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City of Parksville, “Established in 1963, the waterfront Community Park is the jewel of Parksville. The park land is steeped in history; Parksville's namesake, Nelson Parks, had a small shack near the land that currently makes up the Community Park. It is said that at a social event in his home, he remarked that it looked as though everyone around was present, so the settlement should be called "Parksville". To this day, the 39 acre Community Park lives up to its name and remains a gathering place and site for events and festivals. There is plenty of space on the beach for everyone and the park offers recreational facilities to satisfy the whole family.”
Englishman River Falls Trail is a 1.3 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Parksville.
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Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
2245 Errington Rd
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Englishman River Falls Trail is a 1.3 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Parksville.
Mount Washington is a mountain on the eastern edge of the Vancouver Island Ranges of British Columbia and the site of the popular Mount Washington Alpine Resort. It is located approximately 25 km from the Comox Valley.
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Mount Washington
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Mount Washington is a mountain on the eastern edge of the Vancouver Island Ranges of British Columbia and the site of the popular Mount Washington Alpine Resort. It is located approximately 25 km from the Comox Valley.
“One of the park’s main attractions is the annual run of thousands of Pacific salmon circling in the pool below Stamp Falls before ascending the fish ladders on their way to spawning beds. Lookout points along the river offer excellent views of the salmon fighting their way up the falls and fish ladders. This natural phenomenon occurs every year, starting in late August with sockeye and continuing with coho and Chinook right into December. The salmon are a draw for black bear as well, who head to the river for an easy meal. As always when in wilderness areas, safety precautions should be taken. While fishing within the park boundaries is not permitted, this park is a popular base camp for anglers fishing other parts of the Stamp River, as well as visitors traveling to and from the Pacific Rim.” —BC Parks
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Stamp River Provincial Park
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“One of the park’s main attractions is the annual run of thousands of Pacific salmon circling in the pool below Stamp Falls before ascending the fish ladders on their way to spawning beds. Lookout points along the river offer excellent views of the salmon fighting their way up the falls and fish ladders. This natural phenomenon occurs every year, starting in late August with sockeye and continuing with coho and Chinook right into December. The salmon are a draw for black bear as well, who head to the river for an easy meal. As always when in wilderness areas, safety precautions should be taken. While fishing within the park boundaries is not permitted, this park is a popular base camp for anglers fishing other parts of the Stamp River, as well as visitors traveling to and from the Pacific Rim.” —BC Parks
Elk Falls Provincial Park: A popular destination family campground on Vancouver Island! Explore the incredible camping, hiking, biking, and fishing opportunities this region has to offer. Be sure to check out the new suspension bridge!
Elk Falls Provincial Park
Elk Falls Provincial Park: A popular destination family campground on Vancouver Island! Explore the incredible camping, hiking, biking, and fishing opportunities this region has to offer. Be sure to check out the new suspension bridge!
The Historic Kinsol Trestle is open to the public for cyclists, hikers and equestrians to experience the full Cowichan Valley Trail in the Cowichan Region. The Kinsol Trestle is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route and by far the largest and most spectacular. The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. At 187 metres in length and standing 44 metres above the salmon bearing Koksilah River, the Kinsol is an incredible structure.
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Kinsol Trestle
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The Historic Kinsol Trestle is open to the public for cyclists, hikers and equestrians to experience the full Cowichan Valley Trail in the Cowichan Region. The Kinsol Trestle is one of eight trestles along the Cowichan Valley Trail route and by far the largest and most spectacular. The Kinsol Trestle is one of the tallest free-standing and most spectacular timber rail trestle structures in the world. At 187 metres in length and standing 44 metres above the salmon bearing Koksilah River, the Kinsol is an incredible structure.
“A small village at the end of Highway 14 on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, Port Renfrew calls itself The Jewel of the West Coast, where you can experience the tranquility and beauty that has made the West Coast so famous. Port Renfrew is situated on the inlet known as Port San Juan, named Puerto de San Juan in 1790 by Manuel Quimper, a Spanish explorer who charted the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the late 18th century. Port Renfrew provides visitors with the quintessential West Coast experience. It has all the makings of a fabulous outdoor destination, with wildlife, rivers, lakes, beaches, camping, hiking, fishing, surfing, and huge old-growth trees. Port Renfrew is best known as the trailhead for both the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail and the historic West Coast Trail, a world-famous hiking trail built in 1907 to save sailors shipwrecked on the rugged coastline. Both routes are rigorous hikes, with steep grades and roaring surf at almost every turn.”
Port Renfrew
“A small village at the end of Highway 14 on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, Port Renfrew calls itself The Jewel of the West Coast, where you can experience the tranquility and beauty that has made the West Coast so famous. Port Renfrew is situated on the inlet known as Port San Juan, named Puerto de San Juan in 1790 by Manuel Quimper, a Spanish explorer who charted the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the late 18th century. Port Renfrew provides visitors with the quintessential West Coast experience. It has all the makings of a fabulous outdoor destination, with wildlife, rivers, lakes, beaches, camping, hiking, fishing, surfing, and huge old-growth trees. Port Renfrew is best known as the trailhead for both the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail and the historic West Coast Trail, a world-famous hiking trail built in 1907 to save sailors shipwrecked on the rugged coastline. Both routes are rigorous hikes, with steep grades and roaring surf at almost every turn.”
This rough and ready 5-kilometre trail connects Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park with the Top Bridge Crossing, a magnificent pedestrian-cyclist suspension bridge spanning the Englishman River.
Top Bridge
This rough and ready 5-kilometre trail connects Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park with the Top Bridge Crossing, a magnificent pedestrian-cyclist suspension bridge spanning the Englishman River.
A favorite destination on Vancouver Island is Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, which straddles the Little Qualicum River and incorporates the entire southern shore of Cameron Lake.
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Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
4001 Alberni Hwy
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A favorite destination on Vancouver Island is Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, which straddles the Little Qualicum River and incorporates the entire southern shore of Cameron Lake.
Bowen Park is located in the heart of the city. A series of interpretive trails meander along the Millstone River. A leisurely stroll leads to a scenic waterfall and fish ladder. Visit the duck pond and an amazing rhododendron grove with over 350 different species.
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Bowen Park
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Bowen Park is located in the heart of the city. A series of interpretive trails meander along the Millstone River. A leisurely stroll leads to a scenic waterfall and fish ladder. Visit the duck pond and an amazing rhododendron grove with over 350 different species.
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Sidney
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Chinatown
500 Fisgard St
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Food scene
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Nori Japanese Restaurant
6750 N Island Hwy
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Cactus Club Cafe
5800 Turner Rd
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