Self Guided Tours
You may enjoy forest adventures, winter sports and summer recreation opportunities. The famous Piper’s Pub is two minutes away, and six minutes from enjoying yoga studios, coffee shops, shopping malls and Costco. Our children will like that Frank J Ney Elementary School is a 20 minute walk, and a 20 minutes bus ride to Ecole Hammond Bay french immersion school and Dover Bay Secondary School.
As the economic hub of central Vancouver Island, Nanaimo boasts both a vibrant business community and an exceptional quality of life. Nanaimo is the fastest growing community on Vancouver Island. The city is a regional centre for health services including the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, as well as technology, retail, construction, manufacturing, education and government services. Nanaimo is a central transportation and distribution hub for Vancouver Island. Air Canada and WestJet offer direct flights to Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto from the Nanaimo Airport, an all-weather facility. Seaplanes and Helijet link downtown Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver in 20 minutes. BC Ferries provides vehicle and passenger service between Nanaimo and Vancouver as well as Richmond from two terminals located in Nanaimo. Vancouver Island University offers various disciplines.
Explore 400 acres and miles of trails crisscross the moss covered rocky knolls with oceanviews and deep forest valleys, and anyone looking for relaxing or challenging bike rides or hikes through the forest and hilltops would do well to check it out.
Visitors will find rugged rock cliffs, with pebble bay beaches, and winding trails through Garry Oak groves. The headland area in the north section of the park is a great spot to watch for Orca and Sealions and otters. During herring season the beach is awash with the roe (January).
Watch the lagoon empty almost completely when the tide goes out, leaving a nutritious muck that attracts all kinds of bird life. Swimming and wading along the beach and driftwood logs is refreshing year round.
Favourite Day Trips
Saysutshun Newcastle Island)
Visit the jewel of Nanaimo Harbour with a five minute foot ferry ride from Maffeo-Sutton Park on the Nanaimo Harbour Ferry’s ‘pickle boats’. Great beaches, a lake, trails for hiking and biking, an historic pavilion with cafe and just a great place to spend the day.
Lovers and friends stroll along the boardwalk, reaching parks, shops, floating cafes, yachts, beaches, playground and a crab pier.