Nanaimo Waterfront Walkway

Nanaimo’s harbour is one of our city’s greatest assets, and the existing waterfront walkway showcases its natural beauty. Many in the community have expressed a desire to expand the walkway and improve connections from existing trail and bike networks to the walkway. 

In December 2017, Nanaimo City Council endorsed a plan that outlines how the waterfront walkway can be upgraded and expanded from Departure Bay to the Nanaimo River Estuary.

Waterfront snippet

 

Where Do We Start ?

The first two phases to come out of the implementation plan are:

1. Departure Bay

BC Ferries Departure Bay Ferry Terminal to Cilaire Neighbourhood

2. South Downtown Waterfront

BC Ferries Gabriola Ferry Terminal to Nanaimo Port Authority

Progress Update

The City hosted an Open House on Tuesday June 5 to present draft design details on the first two sections of the waterfront walkway being completed.

Couldn't Make It To The Open House?

A PDF of the materials presented can viewed by clicking here (14MB). 

Click on the story map link to learn more about the project.

To view the Waterfront Walkway Concept Renderings Video click here.

If you have any comments or questions on the planned improvements, please contact us at 250-754-4251 or email EngineeringInfo@nanaimo.ca.

  • Progress

    Project Schedule

    Spring 2017

    • Consultant team collected background information (environmental, geotechnical, archaeological, land ownership, planning policy).
    • City carried out stakeholder meetings.
    • Public Open Houses were held on May 17, 18 & 20 to present an overview of the project.

    June 2017

    • Consultant team prepared options for walkway design and alignment.
    • An afternoon design workshop was held on June 22 to identify initial options, which was then followed by an open house for the public to come and view the ideas from the workshop.

    Summer 2017

    • Consultant team considered input and prepared the draft Implementation Plan.

    September 2017

    • Public Open Houses to present a draft plan were held on September 28 and 30

     October/November 2017

    • Draft Plan was presented to Council.

    December 2017

    • Final Plan was endorsed by Council.

    May 2018

    • Public Open House on Tuesday, June 5 from 4:30pm - 7:00pm at Maffeo Sutton Park - Lions Pavillion to present the preliminary design for the section from BC Ferries Departure Bay Terminal to White Eagle Terrace and for a section in the South Downtown Waterfront.
  • Documents

    Final Plan

    Click on the link to view the final plan.

    Project Updates

    Check out the interactive map of the proposed waterfront walkway using the City's latest GIS Technology.

    Open House Presentations

    Click on the link to view our presentation from the open houses held on May 17th, 18th and 20th.

    Click on the link to view our presentation from the open houses held on September 28th and 30th.

    Public Feedback Summary

    Click on the link to view the results of the Waterfront Walkway Implementation Plan community engagement results from our open houses in May.

    Click on the link to view the results of the Waterfront Walkway Implementation Plan community engagement results from our open houses in September.

    Click on the link to view the results of the Waterfront Walkway Implementation Plan community engagement results from our open house in June.

    Design Workshop Presentation

    Click on the link to view the presentation from the Design Workshop held on June 22.

    To see comments and copies of the maps from the Design Workshop, please see below:

    Table 1: Departure Bay - RDN Sewer Pump Station to Battersea Road

    Map

    Comments

    Table 2: Battersea Road to BC Ferries Departure Bay Terminal

    Map

    Comments

    Table 3: Newcastle Channel

    Map

    Comments

    Table 4: Maffeo Sutton Park to Boat Basin

    Map

    Comments

    Table 5: 1 Port Drive and South End Neighbourhood

    Map

    Comments

    Table 6: South End Neighbourhood to Nanaimo River Estuary

    Map

    Comments

  • Details

    Council made a commitment to develop a plan that will outline how an extended waterfront walkway can be completed in a timely manner as well as complete five small, but important sections of the walkway in 2018.

    This project is one of five key projects identified in the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan.

    The Vision is to create A continuous walkway from Departure Bay to the Estuary.

    Development of the plan has involved the assistance of a consultant and engagement of the public to ensure the plan reflects the goals and desires of our community.

     Click on the story map link to learn more about the project.

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