Pipers Lagoon Park is one of the finest, most exotic oceanside parks in Nanaimo.
The lagoon itself (Page Lagoon) is the size of three football fields. You park at one end and walk along a narrow, straight dyke between the lagoon and the restless surf. The waves from the open water have created a marvellous pebbly beach. Then it gets rocky: there are bluffs (danger) with magnificent driftwood stacked beneath, arbutus groves and huge Garry Oaks, eagle nests and huge views of the Strait.
It should be noted that the trails around the bluffs are fairly rugged and should not be attempted by those who have mobility challenges. The park is very accessible until one gets to the first bluffs, where some light rock climbing is required to proceed - unless one sticks to the beach (not possible at high tide).
This "island" can be reached by pedestrians during lower tides.
Shack Island is a T-shaped, exotic slice of short bluffs and rocky beach amidst the shallow waters that separate Pipers Lagoon from Neck Point to the north.
The "shacks" are rustic in appearance and are often thought to be abandoned, but really they are treasured and used as summer cabins by a lucky few descendants of the original owners. So, please be respectful of these properties if you venture there.
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