Local Hikes: Beach Estates Park

When: Friday, Mar 24, 2023, 1:30PM - 4:00PM PST

Nanaimo, BC

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CC Local Hikes - Beach Estates Park

Cultural Connections - Local Hikes 

Join Cultural Connections as we head outdoors and explore some of the most scenic and awe-inspiring, local hiking trails throughout the spring semester. We have selected 5 of our favorite hikes that are based right out of Nanaimo for you to check out! This program runs from March - April on select Fridays from 1:30PM - 4PM, with the exception of Ammonite Falls as it will finish at 5PM. The cost to join is only $2.00! Please sign up in advance. 

Beach Estates Park

This is a hidden gem of a park tucked away in the Brechin Hill neighbourhood in Nanaimo. The park trail consists of a number of stairs and follows the meanderings of Northfield Creek. The trail connects from Departure Bay Road down to the beach near the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. It's a great shady, tranquil walking trail.

What to wear:

  • Proper clothing for the weather and for walking
  • Running shoes or hiking boots
  • No sandals

What to bring:

  • Snacks 
  • Water bottle 
  • Umbrella or rain coat (in case it rains)
  • A backpack to carry all your items

Meeting Location: 

VIU Building 255 Main Lobby 

Trip Includes:

Transportation to and from the hike and a guided hike on one of Nanaimo's trails.

Policies, Health & Safety

We have an ongoing commitment to ensure the safety and quality of our trips, with trained and responsible student leaders, staff and community partners. Before you sign-up, please check out our policies & procedures for more information about how to prepare for a trip, as well as our cancellation policy.

How to Sign Up

Our activities are available to all current VIU Students. Sign up with us in person, next to the Front Reception Desk in the "Glassroom" on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm – 1:30pm in Building 255 - Second Floor.

You will need to have your:

  1. Student card,
  2. Proof of medical insurance (BC Care Card or Guard.me Insurance Policy)
  3. Payment (cash is currently the only method of payment for activities)

Waiver Form

Please read our general waiver form for VIU group activities in the attachment section below. All participants are required to read and sign the waiver before the start of the trip. We will provide a paper copy for you to read through again and sign the morning of the trip.


Roberto Donoghue – Admin. Assistant, Intercultural and Group Programs
250-740-6315 Ext. 2459


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