This post is for everyone who loves exploring the outdoors, but does not necessarily want or is able to do long and more challenging walks. These walks are great for a short afternoon stroll, or taking the kids out on an easy outdoor adventure, while exploring beautiful Nanaimo. Although these trails are easy walking they are not all fully wheel chair accessible.
Neck Point Park
This park has been featured in some of our other posts, but it is just so versatile that one can hardly stay away. Neck Point park has numerous trails varying in length and difficulties. Heading from the parking lot into the foresty area and to Sunset Beach is wheelchair accessible on a wide well maintained gravel path. If you like the walking along the shoreline Neck Point Park has an approx. 1.5km loop. This trail has a few stairs (most of them you can avoid by choosing an alternative route, passing the stairs) and goes a little bit up and down, but nothing too difficult. This part is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
If you are a bird lover or just want to spend a few minutes outside, Buttertubs Marsh is a great option. This two kilometre trail is a flat and easy gravel trail and goes around the marsh. Stop at one of the observation decks or tower to look out for some birds, you might even see some turtles. This park has a large parking lot available and you can access it from two ends; one on Third Street and the other on Buttertubs Drive.
The Harbourfront Walkway and Maffeo Sutton Park
Nanaimo has a very scenic walkway right along the waterfront in downtown. This trail is fully paved and very easy walking. In the beginning you will pass little shops and cafes and after that the path will take you into Maffeo Sutton park, where you can stroll through the park or sit on a bench, overlooking Newcastle Island. The entire seawall is great for some stunning scenic views and photo opportunities.
Where do you like to visit for a nice, relaxing stroll?