Linley Valley is a beautiful wilderness park in North Nanaimo, composed of several hundred acres of protected Douglas Fir and old growth forests, meadows, rocky bluffs and wetlands, with peaceful Cottle Lake at the center. Trails and boardwalks wind their way through the lush, green landscape Vancouver Island is famous for. Dotted with spectacular view points across Departure Bay to Newcastle Island and Nanaimo’s harbour, Linley Valley offers endless exploration and recreation in the heart of the city.
A combination of city park and crown land, the 450+ protected acres of Linley Valley forms a well-loved secret escape, easily accessed from several different neighbourhoods throughout North Nanaimo from Departure Bay to Rutherford, and many points in between. A favourite haunt of trail runners, mountain bikers, dog walkers and families, it’s a hidden gem and a sanctuary for the people that live near its borders.