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A first-person view of a hiker's feet standing on the edge of a narrow, deep crevice in the ground. Located at the Abyss in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The image shows one foot on slightly over the gap, which is lined with moss and contrasts with the rough, textured surface of the rock. The perspective emphasizes the depth and darkness of the crevice below.
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Experience The Abyss in Nanaimo, a captivating fracture in the earth's crust. Enjoy scenic vistas of Gabriola Island and Nana...
Goats on the roof in Coombs BC. The perfect quick stop when heading west from Nanaimo to Tofino.
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Coombs is a charming stop on your drive to Tofino and is well known for its iconic goats that live on the roof of the local g...
Couple walking on one of the best beaches in Nanaimo
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Visit this lovely beach during low tide to get the most out of the soft sand and expansive area
Long exposure photo of a Stocking Creek Waterfall waterfall with ferns and lots of greenery.
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Discover the charm of Stocking Creek Waterfall in just 30 to 60 minutes! All you need to know from scenic trails to perfect p...
Two older adults sitting on a wooden bench overlooking a vast sandy beach at low tide Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville with mountains in the distance and driftwood in the foreground.
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A fascinating tidal beach in Parksville, Rathtrevor Beach on Vancouver Island is the perfect place to enjoy low tide on a lar...
Suspension bridge over The Englishman River with people standing on the rocks
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From Top Bridge Parks iconic suspension bridge to diverse outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, and fishing.
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Grab your camera and make your way to Ladysmith's Aggie Plaza for a photo opportunity on the 49th Parallel
Great Grey Owl perched inside a sheltered wooden nook with a natural, rough wooden exterior, observing the surroundings with piercing yellow eyes
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Wildlife Recovery Centre - See bears, hawks and eagles firsthand on Vancouver Island. North Island Wildlife Rescue just outsi...
Rent this bright red pickup truck outfitted with a rooftop tent in an open field, the tent partially unfolded against a backdrop of forest and blue sky, with FarOut Wilderness branding and contact details on the vehicle
Travel off road on Vancouver Island with your accommodations on you...
Riverbend Cave Explorer
For those who want to explore a cave without crawling or vertical c...
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Explore the marble passages and crystal caverns created by the ‘Ice...
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If you’re looking to explore Vancouver Island’s wild west coast wit...

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Discovering Nanaimo: A Blend of Nature and History

Nanaimo, nestled on the east coast of Vancouver Island, is a hub of natural beauty and historical richness. Here’s a guide to exploring some of the best experiences the area has to offer.

Hiking Adventures Nanaimo’s trails are a hiker’s paradise, ranging from serene forest walks to challenging mountain treks. They lead you through diverse landscapes, offering spectacular views of the coastline, dense forests, and vibrant wildlife.

Chasing Waterfalls The area around Nanaimo is dotted with stunning waterfalls. These natural wonders, hidden within lush forests, provide a refreshing escape and a perfect backdrop for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.

Beach Escapes Nanaimo’s beaches are a blend of sandy shores and rocky coastlines, ideal for a day of relaxation or exploration. They offer a serene atmosphere where you can unwind, swim, or even try your hand at beachcombing.

Step into History The area is steeped in history, evident in its historic buildings and sites. These locations tell the story of Vancouver Island’s past, from its indigenous heritage to its coal mining days. Exploring these sites is like walking through a live museum, offering a glimpse into the city’s evolution over the years.