Right next to Duke point ferry terminal is a beautiful Park and trail to the point. After driving past some of the industrial area you park, walk under the highway, and then are treated with amazing views of Nanaimo.
The trail starts with flat easy trail then goes up and over some small stairs and down the other side. From there you take the easy trail around to jack's point. You can explore the shoreline in a few of the places. The trail is 5km to the point and back.
The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a 47km coastal hike on the southern west coast of Vancouver Island. It runs from China Beach near Sooke to Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew. It has considerable elevation gain and loss and can be very muddy in sections. All that up and down amounts to over 8000 feet. It stays near sea level for the most part so there are a lots of small ridges and valleys. Most people take about 4 days to hike the entire trail or you can day-hike from any trailhead.
This 2-2.5 hour hike to a crashed World War II bomber is extremely muddy but worth the work. Make sure you take enough water and food for the day and a compass and GPS to find your way out. It's easy to get turned around in the boggy areas.
Follow the trail in the from the road, through an abandoned building, down the hill and through the marsh. The marshy area is usually marked by flagging and rope. At the end of the marsh you'll find the plane on the hillside.
Mount Arrowsmith is an iconic hike and climb in mid Vancouver Island. It can be seen from the water, the highway driving by or any of the surrounding peaks. It's steap ridges turn into snowy and icy climbs during the winter.
Morrell Sanctuary is a nature sanctuary off Nanaimo Lakes road in Nanaimo. The area is maintained and owned by the Morrell Sanctuary Society for Environmental Education. The trails in Morrell connect with the power lines and other trails that lead into Westwood Lake park.
Cable Bay is a short trail just south of Nanaimo from the roads in Cedar out to the beach by Dodds Narrows and Mudge Island. The well-maintained double-track trail down to the water is a relatively easy decline down to the water. At low tide there is some beach to explore. The official trail is under 2km long but you can add another another 1 km to Joan Point if you feel like going longer.
Mount De Cosmos is an interesting place to go but tough to get access to. Most of Nanaimo has seen Mount De Cosmos from afar but haven't realized it. From north Nanaimo the mountain just behind Mount Benson is Mount De Cosmos. It often has snow on it a short time sooner and longer than Mount Benson does, being slightly taller.
This route follows Deadhorse Creek Canyon up the west side of Mount De Cosmos and along the ridge to the summit.
Access is difficult to the Nanaimo Lakes area because of TimberWest gates.