Colliery Dam Park, Nanaimo

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This park is one of Nanaimo's larger destination parks popular especially in the summer as a fresh water swimming spot (no lifeguards on duty). It is also a dog walking destination as the trail around the upper dam is a designated dog off leash area.

There are some steep trails and narrow bridge crossings along the upper dam trail. The walking trail around the upper dam is a dog off leash area between 6am-10am and from 4pm to park closing.

There are two parking lots one along Nanaimo Lakes road which will lead you directly out to a bridge between the two dams. The second is at bend in the road where Wakesiah becomes Sixth Street. The lot at Sixth and Wakesiah is the best location to park for those with mobility issues.

The Colliery Dams are a rare link with Nanaimo’s industrial heritage. Built in 1910-11 by the Western Fuel Company to supply water for coal washing and for use by miners, mules and horses in the mines, the water system quickly developed an important secondary use. Homes near the pipeline were allowed to tap the line for domestic uses and eventually this water was carried to most of the homes in South Harewood.
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  • 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 muc...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Great place to walk. Sandy beach. Swimming. Great dog walking. Off leash area by the water Many trails to follow Lots of parking.
  • Beautiful place for a nice shady walk in the summer or view autumn colours before winter. This site also has some rooted local history. But it's a favourite among the locals for jogging, walking the dog or getting away from the business of a work week. I like the forest more than the dam sites but in general it's all beautiful. It's close to the University so you'll see a lot of students getting a run in here. Photographers also love it here for it's diversity. Check it out!
  • Nice Park with wide paved trails through tall trees. Very well used Park but not crowded. Off leash dog area is great!
  • I love hiking here. There are so many trails to explore! There is also an off leash dog park.
  • Beutiful scenery. Nice place to go for a quick forrest walk around some small lakes.
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