Local Hikes: Westwood Lake

When: Friday, Apr 19, 2024, 1:30PM - 4:00PM PST
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Westwood Lake

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. This program runs from March - June on Fridays from 1:30PM - 4PM. The cost to join is only $2.00, with the exception of our Englishman River Falls adventure - costing $10.00 due to the extended duration of the hike (overall time). Please sign up in advance. 

Westwood Lake

Westwood Lake Park is one of Nanaimo's most loved parks. Located at the base of Mt. Benson, it is a year round destination. There is a 5.5 km trail around the lake, which takes about one hour to hike. The trail is well groomed, and is considered an easy walking trail. Westwood Lake Park has every amenity one could expect from one of the crown jewels in the city’s park system. Beaches and floating docks, playgrounds and picnic tables as well as fishing docks. The main beach area near the paved parking lot is Nanaimo's only lifeguard patrolled fresh water swimming spot (June-August). There is a washroom and change room Building on site (not wheelchair accessible).

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.


Robin Lemmens, Activity Program Coordinator
phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2228
e-mail: Robin.lemmens@viu.ca