Parks & Nature

Breathe in the fresh air of our forests, discover breathtaking waterfalls, and learn about the local marine and wildlife.

Our unique geographical setting provides a wide range of parks, gardens, rivers, lakes, and trails where you can unplug and reconnect with nature. Within minutes from downtown and the beaches, you can escape to our many parks and natural areas.

While the 800-year-old Douglas Firs in Cathedral Grove - MacMillan Provincial Park and the other-worldly caves at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park are both must-sees, there are so many more beautiful and inspirational spaces to discover. Learn more about all of the ways to immerse yourself in nature and begin exploring all of our parks, educational nature centers, and gardens below!

Explore all of our parks and open spaces

Cathedral Grove - MacMillan Provincial Park

Breathe in the fresh air and experience the unforgettable sight of some the oldest and tallest trees in Canada.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

One of the prettiest parks on Vancouver Island, Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is a must-see.

Deep Bay Marine Field Station

Visit the clam shaped Deep Bay Marine Field Station to learn about shellfish farming and science.

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park

Horne Lake Lake Caves Provincial Park is a unique Vancouver Island experience where you can tour caves to view fossils,...

Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park

Located between Lasqueti and Texada Islands, Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park is a popular destination for...

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Don’t miss one of the most beautiful parks for camping on Vancouver Island, featuring cascading waterfalls in a mountainside...

Milner Gardens and Woodland

History and natural beauty meet at this tranquil, seaside garden oasis.

Spider Lake Provincial Park

Find peace and quiet at this popular spot for fishing and swimming.

Rosewall Creek Provincial Park

Rosewell Creek Provincial Park is a closely guarded secret among those who treasure the path less taken.

Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail

Hike the historic Arrowsmith CPR Trail for an endless and inspiring view.

Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest

Walk the trails through the 50-acre Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest.

Hamilton Marsh

Hamilton Marsh is the largest wetland between Nanaimo, Cumberland, and Port Alberni - located just minutes from the Town of...

Big Qualicum River Regional Trail

Explore the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Big Qualicum Hatchery complex and walk the trails along the river.

AdventureSmart

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No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, be prepared. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.

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