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The Active for Life philosophy is to enhance the quality of life and leisure by promoting life-long physical, intellectual, social and cultural activity."

Visiting and enjoying your local parks and trails is a fantastic way to stay Active for Life. Try walking or biking at Westwood Lake Park, the Parkway Trail

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Below are a number of suggested routes on local roads and trails. The routes range from 10, 15, 20, to 100 kilometers loops. Our descriptions are provided to give cyclists some information on the difficulty of the terrain, the distance and other important bits. Please note that GNCC provides this information freely under the understanding that you take responsibility for your own safety and assume all risks.

Parkway Trail (20km)

The Parkway trail offers cyclists of all ages and abilities a safe, fun and accessible route to many of Nanaimo's parks and recreation facilities and other city amenities. The 20 kilometre paved and tree-lined corridor provides a recreational playground where cyclists and pedestrians can move safety throughout the community away from vehicular traffic. Access the parkway trail via Mostar road, Northfield road, Townsite road or Jingle Pot road.

E&N Trail (8 km)

The E&N trail is one of the most popular trails in Nanaimo. Cycling, rollerblading skateboarding and walking are welcome on this multi-use trail. The E&N trail extends 8 kilometres from Rosehill avenue to east wellington road. Access the E&N trail via Townsite road, Waddington road, Boundary avenue, Northfield road, Bowen road or Wellington road. The E&N trail provides access to schools, shops, parks, trails and other recreation facilities.

E&N Trail & Parkway Loop (28 km)

Are you looking for a challenging bike ride or a great workout? The E&N trail and parkway trail loop offers 28 kilometres of paved multi-use trail which is great for cyclists. Use the Dunster connector off Mostar road at the north end of Nanaimo to connect from the E&N trail to the Parkway trail.

Colliery Dam Park

From south Nanaimo, use Fourth street or Wakesiah avenue. Enter Colliery dam park via Wakesiah avenue. From central and north Nanaimo, use the Parkway trail. Enjoy a beautiful bike ride through lush green colliery dam park. Colliery dam park offers a variety of unpaved trails under the lush forest canopy. Fishing, swimming, cycling, running, hiking or just relaxing are just a few of the activities that Colliery dam park offers.

Bowen Park

Bowen Park is a great destination for family cycling, the perfect spot for early riders to pactice their skills on 2 wheels. The park has many level or mild sloped paved internal roads and multi-use trails. Bowen Park is a forest in the city!

Altrusa Park @ Beban Park

Altrusa park is a great place to take your little one who is learning to ride a bike. The park is fenced off to ensure a safe environment for children. Trails are flat and paved to encourage safe, simple cycling. Altrusa park also offers a great playground for children to enjoy while taking a break from their bike. GNCC offers most of its bike skills classes from Beban Park; see our course schedule for details.

Westwood Park

Westwood is a little more challenging, it is a great way to experience nature on two wheels.

Newcastle Island

A great island to explore.

Local Trails & Routes

The Darting Duck Trail

This short trail along Diver Lake is a fun hard packed trail. It is a great little interlude from riding on the road and requires no skills other than to share this trail with walkers, dogs and ducks.