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Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park

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Rare history

This whole region developed as a series of coal-mining towns, but practically no traces remain with... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2018
Miami, FL
Cool park!

This park was really cool! So many hidden reminders of a mine operation from over 100 years ago... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2018
Nanaimo, British Columbia
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Morden Road | Hwy 1, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9X 1T9, Canada
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

This whole region developed as a series of coal-mining towns, but practically no traces remain with the exception of the Morden Colliery. What actually remains is a concrete headframe (where the coal was hoisted in a mineshaft) and a tipple (where the hoisted coal was...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank johnpE908TO
Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

This park was really cool! So many hidden reminders of a mine operation from over 100 years ago! The forest is beautiful as well and the walk is easily doable with young children. I’d highly recommend for a little family adventure.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank nicolec1979
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Stopped by on the way to Nanaimo. My dad was a coal miner so he was very interested in seeing the old mine site and we had great fun walking through the area and down to the river. Definitely worth a stop on the way...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank SG1Lincoln40
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Interesting piece of local history, the colliery is well worth a visit, and the short trail is a pleasant and easy stroll. The tipple is eye-catching, and could do with a little more interpretive info, though!

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Geoff W
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This is an amazing historical site worthy of anyone travelling to Nanaimo - Cruise ship people would enjoy this walk into the past

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Ellen R
Reviewed 14 February 2016

This is a very interesting place for history buffs as well as a great walking spot for hikers (and their dogs). Make a quick detour off the highway and you'll be happy you did. As soon as you arrive you'll notice the impressive cement tipple...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Allan W
Reviewed 1 February 2016

I have been going to this place for years...so many memories...First kiss, walking my first dog, taking my son for a walk...etc..

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank Krystle M
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Nice walk around the Lake and thru the rest of forest , trout fishing also popular , recent " upgrades " have not damages the beauty . Still lots of trees!

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank gary b
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Morden Colliery is located 7km south of Nanaimo on a 4 ha piece of land. There is a fair bit of the old concrete coal tipple left to see. In fact it is the last remaining coal tipple on Vancouver Island. There is a lovely...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank 993anitat
Reviewed 9 January 2015

I liked the signage, the easy trail, the historic features, the interesting trees, the sweet bridges (brand new!) and the surprise end - the Nanaimo River with a little bench. It could use an outdoor toilet just because kids need to go when they need...More

Date of experience: January 2015
Thank Marilyn M
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