Uplands Park Elementary3821 Stronach Drive,(250) 758-3252
McGirr Elementary6199 McGirr Road,(250) 758-8946
Four Seasons Montessori4960 Hammond Bay Road,(250) 758-8979
Randerson Ridge Elementary6021 Nelson Road,(250) 758-5076
Rutherford Elementary School5840 Hammond Bay Road,(250) 758-5331
Frank J. Ney Elementary5301 Williamson Road,(250) 729-8045
Dover Bay Secondary6135 McGirr Road,(250) 756-4595
ALinley Valley - Linley Valley is a hidden gem in Nanaimo. An hour or two can be spent surveying the main trail or several hours can be spent exploring wetlands, streams, natural woodlands, and meadows and bluffs on the interlinking trails. Cottle Lake is tucked in the forest and is home to ducks, geese and a Cutthroat trout.
Eagle Point - Eagle Point can be reached by people using several different trails that lead down to the same long stretch of beach. At high tide this beach can seem a bit boring, but when the tide is out, Eagle Point has big, beautiful, sandy beaches. The beaches are populated with huge trees that are home to some of Nanaimo’s eagle population; hence the name Eagle Point.
Neck Point - Neck Point Park is located just north of Pipers Lagoon. Like Pipers Lagoon, Neck Point is full of stunning ocean and mountain views. Neck Point is also a “hotspot” among Nanaimo’s divers and divers from out of town. The top of the small cliffs are a popular lookout to spy the otters “torpedo-ing” in the shallows. Park benches and picnic tables make it more comfortable for visitors trying to catch a peek at the sea lions and orcas that have been known to pass by.
Pipers Lagoon - This is one of the best Oceanside parks in Nanaimo. The lagoon is the size of three football fields. Pipers Lagoon has parking at one end of the lagoon and the small bank leads walkers between the lagoon and the surf. There are many viewpoints along the way that offer an overview of the lagoon and the outer coast. Onlookers can catch a sight of the fisherman’s cabins built in the 1930s on spectacular Shack Island at the end of the park.
Rutherford Ridge - Rutherford Ridge appeals to all those interested in rock climbing or simply getting their heart rate up! The magnificent views of the city of Nanaimo and the views of the mountain make it worth trekking up the rocky terrain.
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