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Colliery Dam Park

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The Colliery Dam Park is one of several large City Parks in Nanaimo, located in Harewood. The two reservoirs nestled in a mature second growth forest originate from the early 1900’s and not surprisingly, were part of a coal mining  operation.

It is a very popular place used for hiking, fishing, swimming and the Parkway trail for bicycles cuts right through this park. It is one of my favourite stopovers when riding my bike. Very recently an auxiliary spillway was constructed for the purpose of alleviating the safe discharge of the reservoir during extremely high water level events.

There is one spot on the banks where one can see both the old and the new spillways. This required a panoramic approach to get both structures in one view, using two sheets of paper.

Colliery Dam and Spillway

Colliery Dam with the two Spillways

If you have not seen it yet, it is sure worth a visit to see the old and the new side by side, to walk across the bridges and to enjoy the views, the forest, the lakes and the trails.


Author: John Hofman

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