Living Forest River Walk

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3.5 km
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25 m
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Living Forest River Walk

The Living Forest River Walk is a wonderfully scenic out-and-back trail in Nanaimo that will take you along the edge of the Nanaimo River for some beautiful views across the estuary. Along the trail, you will pass by some remnants of the area’s industrial past and hike through some amazing stretches of forest terrain. The route is made up of relatively flat and wide trails that are accessible for hikers of all ages and skill levels.

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Route Description for Living Forest River Walk

Hiking the Living Forest River Walk is a fun, family-friendly adventure in Nanaimo that will allow you to experience the natural beauty of the forests and waterways along the Nanaimo River Estuary. Setting out from the trailhead next to the Living Forest Oceanside Campground, make your way east along the wide, well-maintained trail and cross over the small creek. On your left you will pass by a giant iron wheel that stands as a remnant of the area’s industrial past. Continue along the trail as it skirts alongside the flowing waters of the Nanaimo River on your left, with an amazing forested area on your right. Shortly after entering into a thick forest canopy, you will arrive at the end of the trail. Head back and retrace your steps along the river while taking in a few final views of the estuary before arriving back at the trailhead where you began.

Getting to the Living Forest River Walk Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Living Forest River Walk from Nanaimo, head south along BC-1 for 3.8 km and turn left onto Maki Road. In 650.0 km, you will arrive at the parking area on the left.

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  • Backcountry Campsites

    Living Forest Oceanside Campground

  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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