One of Nanaimo's great waterfront destination parks is Neck Point Park. Located off Hammond Bay Road and featuring 14 hectares (36 acres) of breathtaking scenery, Neck Point is a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Recognized as an environmentally sensitive area, the park is well known in the community for its historic, scenic and natural features. It's also a popular spot for weddings.
From the parking lot, you are immediately treated to a breathtaking scene that exemplifies west coast life.
Trails wind through various natural settings in the park such as Garry Oak groves, pebble bay beaches, rock cliffs and forested areas. Interpretive signage detailing the history, features and ecology of the park can be found throughout. Some trails feature stairs and viewing platforms. There is also a multi-use trail.
Benches and tables can be found throughout the park for rest, quiet contemplation and a picnic in a truly remarkable setting.
With three beaches and lookouts scattered throughout, Neck Point Park is a great place for wildlife and scenic viewing. It's an ideal spot to watch for orca, sea lions and otters. In early spring, the water turns a turquoise colour during herring season and the beach is awash with herring row.
Scuba divers can enjoy the ease of drive up diving with the use of an access road. The water off the rocky headlands at the end of the park's "neck" boasts a variety of sea life. There's even talk of a friendly octopus nearby.
With its striking beauty and accessibility, Neck Point Park is truly a destination everyone can "Take a Moment" to enjoy.
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