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I admit I have not done a good job of exploring Nanaimo but the walk around the Colliery Dam was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Alan H
Ladysmith, Canada
tranquil trails in nature

Most of the pathways are paved so it makes it nice for strollers and wheelchairs. The trailway is... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
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Nanaimo Lakes Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I admit I have not done a good job of exploring Nanaimo but the walk around the Colliery Dam was awesome, the tree's gave forth with an array of colours and the waters were exceptional, well worth the hike around it and I will head...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Alan H
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Most of the pathways are paved so it makes it nice for strollers and wheelchairs. The trailway is near the water for fishing or bird watching. There are open bathrooms here in summer. There are lots of signs to read a bit about the dam...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BrianM3366
Reviewed 23 September 2018

Colliery Dam Park has an established history as a local swimming hole during the hot summer months. The development of the nature trails through the adjacent forrest are marvelous! Easy to navigate paths that loop around the dam system, with some gentle hills. This park...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank cranberryhill2018
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Came here from Saskatchewan to visit a friend in winter. Everyone was complaining about the snow in Nanaimo that year. I needed a magnifying glass to find a little crust of snow on the ground. The park is a grade hidden treasure for walkers and...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank eigonosensay
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

So much to see. Lots of stops and really nice paved trails. Little information signs and beaches. An off leash dog area, where they can swim.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Dave S
Reviewed 28 April 2018

We love walking our dogs here even if we're just passing through Nanaimo. A little off the beaten path, but once you know it's there it will keep you coming back. Options for a short trail loop or much longer ones, with lots of opportunities...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Marilyn M
Reviewed 5 April 2018

There is an off leash area for the dogs that is just wonderful. Many trails through the park. We can fish in the lake, view the ducks, view the otters. People are so friendly as you walk on the trails.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Patsy201
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Colliery Dam park is the best place within the Nanaimo city limits to let your dogs roam around off-leash. Be careful though, there is a designated woofie area at this park. The furry kids can only be let off their restraints in the upper park...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Gordon M
Reviewed 5 February 2018

This nature park is tucked away by Van. Island University - ample parking, lovely areas for walking, hiking, swimming, picnicing -- bring the dogs and kids .. fun for all AND a great way to relax and unwind !

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Colliery Dam is a great place for a stroll to spend some time with nature. If you like to fish the dam is stocked a couple of times a year with trout. You might even see a bear or two, or a cougar. The trails...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Sher M
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Alysha D
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Response from Sher M | Reviewed this property |
As others have said, there's a nice spot in the off leash area of the park where the dogs can be off leash and lots of kids swim there too. The trail is somewhat steep but it's short. There's also an area on the first dam... More