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Colliery Dam Park, Nanaimo

Categories: Dams, Nature & Parks
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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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  • 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. 
  • This is a wonderful sanctuary to view and experience the peacefulness and the beauty of nature. I sure hope it is kept with all the discussion about the condition of the dam and it's ability to withst...  read more »
  • We had a family birthday there. Very scenic and clean. The only problem is as I have mobility issues, I couldn't get into the water. 
  • Pretty neat little park for a dog walk, or just a regular one. Close to town but nice and forrested.
  • Great place to bring dogs off leash in the upper dam area
  • Really nice park with a great swimming hole
  • This lovely park is nestled in a forest with hiking paths branching in every direction. The beauty and the serene atmosphere allows you to relax and recharge. My girls and I have discovered this gem and spent almost everyday swimming from April till Sept last year. Our summer spot. ENJOY!
  • We now stand a chance to save Colliery Dam Park! Thanks everyone! Harewood 4 Life!
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