The Nanaimo Area Land Trust works to identify and preserve the most sensitive and/or valuable lands around Nanaimo. To date, the organization has been successful in acquiring several land parcels for parkland, including 523 acres at the summit of Mt Benson, and of course the Linley Valley. See their Linley Valley page on their website.
As of late 2010, NALT is working toward a solution for the Moorecroft Camp.
The Linley Valley is a large greenspace in north Nanaimo, a network of misty trails with a calm beauty. It is very lush and full of deer, with some ponds and creeks, and wooden bridges.
There are some occasional views, but don't expect a traditional "mountain hike" unless you cross over to Rutherford Ridge to the west.
The main trails here are well-marked and well maintained, so this is a great place for visitors with mobility issues.
The Linley Valley was slated for residential development but was saved in 2003 by the people and government of the City, and by a campaign spearheaded by the Nanaimo Area Land Trust (NALT). Good thing, too. This is a large greenspace that is incredibly valuable for the people of Nanaimo.
With all the development of its borders, one can never be too sure about which directions to Linley Valley are still relevant. One of many entrances should not be difficult to find if you keep along or within Uplands Drive, Rutherford Road, Hammond Bay Road, Rock City Road, and Departure Bay Road.
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