Nanaimo's Cable Bay Trail winds its way down to the oceanfront overlooking Gabriola Island and back towards the Nanaimo harbour. The forested trail is just under 2 km long and is one of Nanaimo's designated dog off-leash parks. The trail is steep in sections, but the views waiting at the bottom make the effort worthwhile!

Cable Bay is a must-see for the mid-Island explorer, especially if they will walk the extra kilometer to Joan Point Park at Dodd Narrows — the site of a powerful tidal current. You can sit on the moss here and watch boats as they arecarried through the rocky channel, seemingly by ancient monsters.There is a lot of sandstone "beach" to explore here, especially at lower tides.It's good to see Mudge Island so close, across the narrows from this beach. And then there is Gabriola Island to the left, then Protection Island, then Duke Point and the Harmac pulp mill (in its massive closeness).
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