Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo BC

We walked there from Westwood Lake – beautiful hike through a variety of forested areas. Loved the educational sign posts along the trail – learned about some new trees and foliage and their uses. Saw a pileated woodpecker and barred owl. Thought the beaver pond had an actual beaver, but looks like it must have been there a while ago. Would appreciate a bit better signage from Westwood to Morrell – there a few forks in the road (stay left for most of them).

TWhat a beautiful park. If you are lucky you’ll see lots of wildlife and sometimes even a bear or two. Check the board for updates as you enter the park, and don’t forget to leave a message when you leave. There are tons of trails you can take ranging from easy to harder -nothings really hard. You can sit and watch the ducks or explore deeper into the woods. It’s a relaxing place! Even when it’s busy you won’s see many people – you might pass one or two – secluded but right in the heart of Nanaimo.

You are very near to the town here but it feels like you are well away from any hustle and bustle.There’s a free car park and small information centre, also a pit toilet. There are various length of walks and very, very large trees. There was recent sightings of black bear while we were there. So go around making some noise so as not to frighten a bear. Don’t run if you see one, make yourself look big and it should run away!!

source: Tripadvisor

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