Chase River Falls in Colliery Dam Park in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Chase River Falls in Nanaimo (Purchase)
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I had already walked around Colliery Dam Park in Nanaimo on two separate occasions before someone asked me if I had seen the waterfall. I had thought they meant the two spillway waterfalls from each of the two dams in the park, but apparently there was a natural waterfall just a minute or two walk from where I stood. I am rather fortunate that this was pointed out to me, as research of the area and my own exploration had failed to discover Chase River Falls.
Another reason I feel I was fortunate to be pointed to these falls at that time is that Colliery Dam Park itself will largely cease to exist due to removal of the two small dams. This will create large holes where the two small lakes now sit. I do not know if access to the Chase River Falls will change, but either way, strolling through a nice forest next to a lake is certainly more picturesque when compared to a construction site or open pit.
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Can you explain how to find this waterfall?
If the park trails are still accessible, just walk to the west towards the Nanaimo Parkway. When you cross that wooden bridge, keep going west and you’ll come to a tunnel under the highway. These falls are just a minute past the end of the tunnel.
Trails are still accessible for now, a 30 day reprieve was established by the chief of our local first nation on July 8th. If their talks fail to alter our cities destructive course, we will be actively protesting as early as August 13th to prevent damage to this sensitive ecosystem. Michael I would love to see any other photos from your trip to Colliery Dam Park in Nanaimo, B.C. and thanks for raising awareness. Visit “Colliery Dam Park Preservation Society” or “SAVE Colliery Dams” for the latest in our fight. Thanks!
The other photos are already in my image archive: http://mrussellphotography.photoshelter.com/search?I_DSC=colliery&I_DSC_AND=t&_ACT=search
Wonderful Picture I like the colours and
the perfect shutterspeed. -Great!