Departure Bay Waterfront Walkway

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The City of Nanaimo’s waterfront walkway is a much-valued community asset. Built incrementally over the last 30 years, the walkway provides opportunities for recreation, culture, access to nature, and social activities for both residents and tourists.

The City is currently considering a key phase of expansion which focuses on Departure Bay between the existing trail behind BC Ferries Terminal to the existing waterfront walkway near the Kin Hut at Kinsmen Park. Improvements are part of the much larger Nanaimo Waterfront Walkway Implementation Plan that outlines an upgraded and expanded walkway from Departure Bay to the Nanaimo River Estuary. Upgrades would provide a continuous, accessible pathway with improved connectivity to make it easier to walk and bike around the City.

Waterfront walk, cycle, beach and environmental improvements for the Departure Bay segment are intended to provide better access to waterfront/beach areas, enhance shoreline habitat, and provide better connectivity to other areas in the City.

The City acknowledges Nanaimo is on the ancestral lands of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Snaw-naw-as (Nanoose) First Nation, of the Coast Salish people, who have lived along the waterfront for generations.

The City of Nanaimo’s waterfront walkway is a much-valued community asset. Built incrementally over the last 30 years, the walkway provides opportunities for recreation, culture, access to nature, and social activities for both residents and tourists.

The City is currently considering a key phase of expansion which focuses on Departure Bay between the existing trail behind BC Ferries Terminal to the existing waterfront walkway near the Kin Hut at Kinsmen Park. Improvements are part of the much larger Nanaimo Waterfront Walkway Implementation Plan that outlines an upgraded and expanded walkway from Departure Bay to the Nanaimo River Estuary. Upgrades would provide a continuous, accessible pathway with improved connectivity to make it easier to walk and bike around the City.

Waterfront walk, cycle, beach and environmental improvements for the Departure Bay segment are intended to provide better access to waterfront/beach areas, enhance shoreline habitat, and provide better connectivity to other areas in the City.

The City acknowledges Nanaimo is on the ancestral lands of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Snaw-naw-as (Nanoose) First Nation, of the Coast Salish people, who have lived along the waterfront for generations.

  • Thank you for your interest in the Waterfront Walkway - Departure Bay feedback survey. It is now closed. Stay tuned for updates on survey results.

    The City of Nanaimo’s waterfront walkway is a much-valued community asset. The Nanaimo Waterfront Walkway Implementation Plan envisions a 13 km-long accessible pathway from Departure Bay to the Nanaimo River Estuary. The plan identifies the Departure Bay segment as a top priority based on public feedback. Upgrades will link the existing trail behind the BC Ferries Terminal to the existing walkway near the Kin Hut at Kinsman Park.

    We welcome your feedback on the proposed improvements developed to date for improved walking, cycling, beach access, and shoreline habitat and on funding options for the Departure Bay segment.

    1. REVIEW MATERIALS: Watch our video, read the Project Brochure, or review information online to learn about the proposed improvements for the segment.
    2. PROVIDE YOUR INPUT: Complete this questionnaire. Completion will take between 5-10 minutes  Short on time? Feel free to answer as little or as many of our questions as you’d like. All input is important!
    3. SUBMIT BY JUNE 30, 2021: Your input will inform our next steps towards design refinement, approvals, and funding. 
    4. ENCOURAGE OTHERS: Encourage others to complete a questionnaire by sending them a link, sharing on social media, or giving them a call.


    Thank you for your participation!


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