Moorecroft Regional Park

Just a short drive away from Parksville Qualicum Beach, Moorecroft Regional Park is the ultimate retreat for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Wander through Moorecroft Regional Park, a captivating natural sanctuary in Nanoose Bay. This park features remote network forest trails surrounded by a diverse array of tree species, wildlife, and rocky shores. With a wetland area, an open field, and cove, Moorecroft Regional Park provides a serene and unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts. Hike the trails, enjoy a picnic, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the outdoors.

Park History

Moorecroft Regional Park was founded in 1934 as Moorecroft Camp for Girls by Gertrude Evelyn Moore, the first Director of Physical Education for Women at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In 1954, Miss Moore ended her tenure as the camp's director. The park was later purchased by the Regional District of Nanaimo in 2011, recognizing its exceptional conservation and recreation values. Managed under a Conservation Covenant held by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the park prioritizes ecological protection and enhancement while providing low-impact recreation amenities.

Park Activities

Bird Watching

With its varied habitats, Moorecroft Regional Park is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. Explore the park and spot majestic bald eagles, vibrant yellow-rumped warblers, and elusive brown creepers, making each visit an immersive bird watching adventure.


Enjoy the natural beauty of the park as you embark on a 1.7 km trek fit for hikers of any age or ability. This park has become a community staple due to its picturesque scenery, dense greenery, and varying wildlife. Although the trails are not long, the variety of terrain makes for an exciting hike. Along the journey, make sure to keep an eye out for hidden viewpoints offering breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding islands and open water. From the towering trees above you to the coastal tide pools below you, every step unveils a new discovery.


Nestled along the coastline you’ll find inviting picnic areas featuring gorgeous views of the surrounding islands, serene waters, and lush greenery. These tables are the perfect spot for family and friends to come together and make new memories. Be sure to take a break, eat a snack, and enjoy the views on your next adventure.


Pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, and your sense of adventure! Follow the walking trail all the way to Arab Cove, where park-goers can dive into the refreshing waters of the protected bay. Swimming in the bay is only possible at high tide, so make sure to check the tide chart before your visit.

Tide chart

Park Amenities & Map

  • Amenities:
  • Parking
  • Garbage cans
  • Picnic area
  • Swimming area
  • Restrooms

Directions & Parking

Address: 1563 Stewart Rd, Nanoose Bay, BC V9P 9E7, Canada

Take Island Highway 19 until you reach NW Bay Rd. Turn onto Stewart from NW Bay Rd. Follow along Stewart road until you reach the gravel road entrance. Follow the gravel road down to the park entrance where you’ll find a parking lot. From there, it is about a 10-15 minute walk to the beach access area, or hop right onto a hiking trail.

Moorecroft Regional Park Map