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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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Short to medium Routes

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.

Waldbank Wanderer (11 km)

The Waldbank Wanderer is a challenging route through the Dover Community. The neighbourhood roads are quiet and offer glimpses of the Strait of Georgia. A number of public parks are dotted all through this area. There are also two beach access point, one at Blue Back and the other at Invermere. We have marked the hills with arrows on the map.

You can extend this route by 4 kilometers by continueing to Rocky Point Park and return through Harry Wipper Park on Walley Creek Trail.


DownTown - NRGH - VIU Loop (11 km)

From downtown Nanaimo you can travel in most direction but not far east and mostly always up. This route takes you the easy way, still climbing but on much gentler inclines. The loop is done counter clockwise as you can see on the map. A number of historic building and places are along the way and a number of parks. Look at the Sighseeing Routes section for details & descriptions.

You can extend this route by 2 kilometers by continueing to Nelson road and doing a loop around Nanaimo Regional Hospital.
Either way you are returning over the multi-use path through Vancouver Island University. A good stop for coffee or luch as it has cafe and cafereria. Down fourth ave bikeway and screaming sown Albert Street brings you back in downtown Nanaimo.


Uplands - Departure Bay Loop (16 km)

Quiet neighbourhoods streets with views of Cottle Valley and Departure Bay Harbour highlights this route. Both neighbourhoods are a challenge with having steep terrain drops. We found the most gradual and quiet route and a return to a section of the E&N trail. Most cyclist start the loop from Beban Park or from spots along the E&N trail such as at Brookslanding or at Haz Beans at Rutherford. We recommend to ride the loop in clockwise direction.

You can extend this route by 4 kilometers by detouring through Diver Lake over Dufferin Crescent and Boxwood.


Diver Lake - Beban Park Loop (17 km)

The Diver Lake Loop is a relative flat route through quiet neighbourhoods road and trails. The route includes a section of Parkway trail and almost the entire length of the E&N trail. Most cyclist start the loop from Beban Park or from spots along the E&N trail such as at Brookslanding or at Haz Beans at Rutherford. We recommend to ride the loop in clockwise direction.

You can extend this route by 1.6 kilometers by crossing the highway at JinglePot/Norwell and return to E&N through the tunnel at Brookslanding. This extension of the route involves some inclines.


Pleasant Valley - Upper Lantzville Loop (17 km)

Through Pleasant Valley along the Parkway trail you have glimpses of Brannen Lake with Mount Benson towering over it. This loop has some short intense hills as indicated on the map. It takes in a section of Parkway trail through Upper Lantzville and returns to Pleasant Valley. If you ride on a Wednesday stop in at the Island Roots Farmers Market (3pm to 6pm) or on a Sunday deak into Lantzville for their farmers market (1:30-4:00pm). Other stops can be made at the Black Bear pub or Haz Beans Coffee Shop at Rutherford. We recommend to ride the loop in clockwise direction.

This is a challenging ride which can be extended to include the Doumont loop (+6.5 km) or the Lantzville circle (+11 km).