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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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  • Highly recommend. Great park for swimming. There is an area for older kids and adults to jump into the water and swim to a floating dock as well as a beach area for younger kids to swim and dip into t...  more »
  • So pretty and relaxing, great for dogs too! We used to live right beside here and would come here all the time!  more »
  • The Colliery Dams Park is one of the most historical parks, originally the lakes were created to wash coal. it features some great natural beauty, easy walks around two small lakes, right in the middl...  more »
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  • Spectacular sampling of old growth trees right in the heart of Nanaimo. Perfect spot to cool of on a hot day because the trees & the lakes cool the air. Paths are paved & dirt with roots helping to make steps on the hills so it's easy for pretty much any ability. A large part of the park had off leash dog walking area but they do warn you on the signs that dogs should be wearing a current licence tag. There's plenty of parking from access off Harewood Mines Rd, 6th or 7th st or pretty close by bus access from Harewood Ave.
  • 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.
  • Imagine a wilderness paradise hideaway in the city. Even has a beautiful waterfall.
  • Such a great park I'm so glad they're fixing up the pond
  • An opportunity to walk through a west coast forest, along the waters of the colliery dam. A piece of Nanaimo history.

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