Colliery Dam Park is popular with dogs and their humans. The trail above the dam is off-leash. It is quite short at 0.8 km, but it is a scenic walk. If your dog likes to swim there are also several areas where it is safe for them to do so.
We really enjoyed this park. It gave us a chance to stretch our legs on the 0.8km trail around the lake, It also gave Avy lots of opportunities to swim (her favourite activity!)
The lower area of the park has a lot more trails if you’re looking for a longer hike, but you will have to leash-up your dog.
Parking at Colliery Dam Off-Leash Park
The closest parking to the off-leash area is a small gravel lot off of Nanaimo Lakes Road, about 400 meters northeast of the Nanaimo Parkway.