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Blueback Beach

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BLUEBACK BEACH – Uncrowded and Stunning Beach

30 min - Half a Day
0.3km (0.2mi)


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Visit this lovely beach during low tide to get the most out of the soft sand and expansive area. However, during high tide, the never-ending sand Blueback Beach quickly disappears to a rocky shoreline.

Stairs Are in Your Future at Blueback Beach

To access Nanaimo’s hidden gem, expect to climb down about 300 steps to the beach. Although it’s steep, blueback stairs are well maintained, and the trail is only 300 meters, and there are plenty of resting spots and benches on the way up.

It is well worth the trek to experience the breathtaking views of the coastal mountains, soft sand and unforgettable sunsets.

Blueback Beach is the nicest beach on Vancouver Island that no one knows about. A favourite for the locals and a challenge to get to, this long sandy beach holds its own against almost any on Vancouver Island.

Parking: Small Parking lot. No amenities on the beach or in the parking lot.

Low Tide: The beach is accessible at high tide, but it’s fairly narrow and rocky

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Parking for Blueback Beach is available off Icarus Drive and at the end of Blueback RD. The parking lot has room for roughly 15 vehicles. There is on-street parking available as well. If the Blueback parking lot is full there is another beach access down the road at the end of Invermere Road.

Lovely beach with rock and soft sand. Significant stairway access with nearly 300 steps. Well worth it.

The park is open all year round, making it a great place to beat the heat in the summer or a quiet hideaway in the winter. However, regardless of the season, the stairs themselves are a popular place for those searching for a high-intensity workout.

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After improvements over the years there are around 300 Stairs.
No, Dogs should be on a leash at all times.

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