One of Nanaimo's most popular parks is Westwood Lake Park. Located off Westwood Road, this 187.6 hectare (463 acres) park boasts many amenities to enjoy year-round.
First off, the lake itself. It's great for fishing, swimming and boating. There is a wheelchair accessible fishing float towards the south side of the park past the second beach.
In the summer, people flock to Westwood Lake to cool off. Lifeguards are on duty at the main beach area during the summer. A washroom and changeroom building is located near the beach and a small playground is located at the second beach near the gravel parking lot. Both electric motors and non powered boats are welcome on the lake.
A well-groomed main trail winds its way around the lake and is excellent for both runners and walkers. Some shorter loops can be accessed from the south end of the main trail. There are trails leading to hikes of nearby Mount Benson and Morrell Nature Sanctuary. There is also a dog off-leash area accessible from the far side of the lake and runs along the hydro lines. Make sure to keep your dog leashed when you are not in the off-leash area.
Lastly, Westwood Lake Park has many trails designed for mountain biking.
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