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Colliery Dam Park, Nanaimo

(4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • A typical west coast forest walk. Nothing too hard for those who need a cane like me. Dogs love it. It is a little wet in there which makes it special. It is a rain forest ya know!  more »
  • This park is multi-use. the upper portion, accessible off Nanaimo Lakes Road, is an off-leash dog park. It's a very good one, for dog owners, as there is access to water. Not the best spot to hike if ...  more »
  • Trails are well groomed; not too crowed; and sunshine! Lots of breaks in the trees along the pathways allowing for sunshine to filter in...lovely.  more »
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  • This park is awesome. It's a lot of fun in all the seasons. Summer is especially busy with tons of people swimming at both the upper and lower dams. The upper dam is complete with a dog off leash area, with lots of trails and board walks for the little fur babies, this area will keep you in natures entrance for hours. Lots of access points to approach from and the main entrance usually had lots of parking room.
  • Beautiful quiet trail with a nice off leash area for dogs. Makes for a serene and easy hike.
  • Great place to take a walk with the kids during the day. Minimal lighting however- not recommended when it's dark.
  • Pretty neat little park for a dog walk, or just a regular one. Close to town but nice and forrested.
  • Oct 2016.Great little park.I like coming here to listen to the Ravens calling out with their sounds.