Piper’s Lagoon Park Trail
The trek through Piper’s Lagoon Park follows a 1.1mi lollipop hiking route in Nanaimo, BC, that travels along the coast for some amazing views across the Strait of Georgia. Along the trail, hikers will be able to relax in the wonderful coastal atmosphere with a chance to spot local wildlife like seals and various species of birds. While the trail is family-friendly, it is also a bit rugged, which might make travel difficult for less mobile hikers or families with strollers.
To reach the trailhead for Piper’s Lagoon Park from Nanaimo, drive northwest on Departure Bay Road for 1.2mi and turn right onto Hammond Bay Road. After 2.0mi, turn right on Lagoon Road, followed by another right in 220ft onto Place Road. Follow this for 1640ft to arrive at the trailhead.
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Piper’s Lagoon Park Trail
Piper’s Lagoon Park Trail Description
Piper’s Lagoon Park is an awesome hiking route in Nanaimo that will take you right along the edge of the water to enjoy the picturesque views of the coastal landscape and a variety of wildlife that can be found in the area. The trail is fairly flat and easy to navigate; however, there are some rocky portions that might make travel difficult for some hikers. Additionally, there is a large parking area that can be found right at the trailhead, but this can become busy during peak times. Try arriving early to enjoy the trails without the crowds.
The trail sets out from the parking area and heads north along a well maintained path that is flanked by the lagoon on the left and the Strait of Georgia on the right. As you work your way through this narrow stretch of land, take some time to enjoy the calm beauty of the coastal landscape. Arriving at a junction in the trail, take the path to the left to enter into the trees and make your way along the edge of the water. Completing this hike during low tide will allow for easier exploration, but the trail is still wonderful during all times of the day. Continue along the northside of the trail loop to explore the rocky parts of the coast where you will often spot seals basking in the sun. Once you arrive back at the initial trail junction, head straight through to return back to the parking area and complete your hike.
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