Nanaimo has it all: the ocean, the parks and the snow topped mountains, islands, sailing boats and ferries, a beautiful harbour and so many more treasures. And to top it off, Nanaimo also has some fantastic viewing points where you can take all this natural beauty in.
Nanaimo has its very own mountain with Mount Benson just to the west of Jinglepot Rd. It is definitely not the easiest of walks going up to the summit, but well worth the hike (allow 4-5 hours roundtrip). Once you’re at the top you are overlooking all of Nanaimo and have a phenomenal panorama view of the city and the mountains on the Mainland. It is also a great place to see the sunrise or just to enjoy this beautiful viewpoint above the city.
Sugarloaf Mountain is a lot easier to access and is overlooking stunning Departure Bay and the ferry terminal. Park your car on Marion Drive and climb up a few stairs to see the beauty of Departure Bay and the Coastal Mountains, watch BC Ferries sailing by, or just enjoy the sights from up there.
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Jack Point is at the far end of Biggs Park close to the Duke Point Ferry Terminal. It is about a 2.5km walk through Biggs Park along the shoreline to this point, but once you are there you can overlook downtown Nanaimo, the ferry terminal and the scenic panorama. This is also a great little spot to watch the Nanaimo fireworks or bridge some time while waiting for a ferry.
What’s your favourite viewpoint in Nanaimo? Let us know in the comments below!
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