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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  • This nature park is tucked away by Van. Island University - ample parking, lovely areas for walking, hiking, swimming, picnicing -- bring the dogs and kids .. fun for all AND a great way to relax and ...  more »
  • Colliery Dam is a great place for a stroll to spend some time with nature. If you like to fish the dam is stocked a couple of times a year with trout. You might even see a bear or two, or a cougar. Th...  more »
  • Dressed warmly to stroll through this park is a perfect way to de-stress from holiday pressures. Take your friend, your family or borrow a dog if you don't have one. Relax and enjoy!  more »
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  • 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. Lots of dog walkers in this urban get away. Fishing is allowed in the lakes and they are stocked with trout annually.
  • A super place to visit if you love nature and walking. For dog lovers, there is an off-leash area for dogs to enjoy. Parking is free and plentiful. A lovely spot in heart if Nanaimo. There is also a excellent connection to further walking trails like the Parkway Trail and Morrell Sanctuary.
  • Beautiful park, pet friendly but must be on a leash. Swimming, hiking and a great little waterfall past the 2nd dam
  • Great place for a walk around the resevoirs and feed ways, some slope not all level ground

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Where to stay in Nanaimo

Stay at one of the guesthouses and inns lining Front Street if you want to be in the heart of the city, while also enjoying the waterfront at your doorstep. For a more natural ambiance, head north of the center along the coastal highway, where you can choose from a selection of inns and resorts boasting views over Newcastle Island. If you have a car and prefer an easy route out of town, stay at one of the motels lining Island Highway to the northwest of the center.
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