Located in South Nanaimo off the 5th Street Parkway Exit (Exit #16) and near Vancouver Island University, Morrell Sanctuary is 111 hectares of preserved second growth forest with 11 kilometers of walking trails. The public is free to enjoy the Sanctuary year round from dawn to dusk.
With conservation in mind, William Morrell, a local contractor, donated this land in 1973 for the public's enjoyment. Last logged in the twenties, the Sanctuary is owned by the Nature Trust of British Columbia and managed by Morrell Sanctuary Society for Environmental Education (aka Morrell Nature Sanctuary). This non-profit organization consists of dedicated volunteers who care for the site, maintain trails, organize a variety of exciting programs and raise funds for the park's upkeep. They are supported by a large and diverse membership.
787 Nanaimo Lakes Road, Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 3C2
Phone: (250) 753 - 5811
Proceed along the Nanaimo Parkway until you reach th 5th St. Exit 16 (Vancouver Island University Exit). Go East down 5th Street to the first traffic light. Turn right on Wakesiah Ave. Proceed to the next stop sign and turn right on to Harewood Road (Street changes name to Nanaimo Lakes Road). Continue until you pass under the Nanaimo Parkway, the road will veer to the left. The sign marking the entrance to Morrell Nature Sanctuary can be seen on the right at this point.
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