Nanaimo Waterfront Walkway

Nanaimo’s waterfront 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. 

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

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

  • Progress

    Project Schedule

    December 2017

    • Nanaimo Waterfront Walkway Implementation Plan was endorsed by Council.

    October - November 2017

    • Draft Plan completed by Consultant team
    • Draft Plan presented to Council
    • Consultant team finalized Plan

    Spring - September 2017

    • Consultant team collected background information (environmental, geotechnical, archaeological, land ownership, planning policy)
    • Consultant team prepared options for walkway design and alignment
    • City carried out stakeholder and community engagement program which included:

            5 Open Houses (over 1,400 attendees)

            2 Public Surveys (over 2,600 respondents)

            1 Design Workshop (over 25 community participants)

    • Documents
    • 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.

      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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