On the Run in…

Nanaimo, B.C.

Canadian Running - - FEATURES - By Steve Crabb

You are stand­ing on the bow of the B.C. Fer­ries f lag­ship, Coastal Re­nais­sance. The salty breeze blows back your hair as you stare at the misty hori­zon. The mist clears and you see the rugged coast­line of Van­cou­ver Is­land with the city of Nanaimo gleam­ing in the sun­light. Be­hind it is Mount Ben­son, ris­ing al­most 1,100 m above the city. This is what you’ve come for – to run the sin­gle track that leads to the sum­mit, be­fore twist­ing through the sur­round­ing rain­for­est. Nanaimo is a trail run­ner’s par­adise with some of the best sin­gle track any­where. The area has a vi­brant run­ning com­mu­nity with sev­eral run­ning groups. These clubs are happy to share their play­ground with new­com­ers and visi­tors alike. If you pre­fer pave­ment, Nanaimo has plenty for road run­ners as well. Its var­ied geog­ra­phy of­fers a good mix of ur­ban, ru­ral and water­front run­ning routes. Of course there is more to Nanaimo than just run­ning. It is a grow­ing cen­tre, but main­tains a small-town feel. The main draw is its nat­u­ral beauty and the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence West Coast life at its best. Pipers La­goon, Neck Point and New­cas­tle Is­land are just a few of the high­lights not to be missed. Nanaimo is also strate­gi­cally lo­cated to serve as a base from which to ex­plore the rest of Van­cou­ver Is­land.

Steve Crabb runs trails in the beau­ti­ful rain­forests of Van­cou­ver Is­land. He splits his time be­tween writ­ing, run­ning and pho­tog­ra­phy. Fol­low him on In­sta­gram at @crabby.steve

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OP­PO­SITE Over­look­ing De­par­ture Bay and its Ferry Ter­mi­nal TOP Nanaimo's view to the moun­tains RIGHT On the Har­bourfront Walk­way in Maf­feo Sut­ton Park

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