We are fortunate enough to live close to a couple of BC ferry terminals. Even more fortunate is that one of the terminals is nestled behind a spit of land called Jack Point. Hiking Jack Point is a great local trail; the Nanaimo estuary, stairs, tree roots, steep inclines, viewpoints, shady and sunny spots, a myriad of plants and critters, and its an easy afternoon walk at 2.5 km. Increasing popular, we were lucky to find a parking spot.
We saw a small snake, a sea otter, a gathering of herons, and a couple of wooden owls (strategically nail to a tree). See if you can find one in the pictures. It’s always fun to see one of the BC ferries berthed at the Duke Point ferry terminal. This time we were there when the ferry left; I nearly jumped out of my shoes when the ship’s whistle blew!
The park (Biggs Park) was named after a local carpenter, miner and entrepreneur, John Biggs. Jack Point was a named after Jack Doholt, a local resident who, in the late 1800’s, supplied Nanaimo residents with milk and hay.
Jack point and Biggs park – City of Nanaimo