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Bastion Cycle Nanaimo

Another locally owned bike shop in Nanaimo. Definitely talk to these guys if you’re looking to get into cycling.


Arrowsmith Bikes Nanaimo

An excellent bike shop in Nanaimo. Arrowsmith firmly believes in a better life through cycling.


Oak Bay Bikes Nanaimo

“The place where you will find the latest specials, news, and race results. Click back often to keep abreast of the changes here at Oak Bay Bikes Nanaimo as well as the latest local training rides in the area. Oak Bay Bikes Nanaimo is more then just a bike shop, it’s the hub of the cycling community in the Nanaimo area, so drop by and say hello.”


Running Room Nanaimo

“The Running Room reputation has been built upon product innovation, quality and the knowledge of our sport.Through the input of our customers and the staff, our products have been tested and proven as products of choice. The Running Room’s unique private label products have been developed to provide customers with the best in style, functionality, fabric innovations and reasonable price.”


Frontrunners Nanaimo

Looking for a clinic for running? Talk to the folks at Frontrunners.

“At Frontrunners we pride ourselves in our clinics. Whether you are looking for a group to walk with, looking to start a run/walk program, or looking to improve your running performances we have a clinic to help. Our clinic leaders are trained in running and walking techniques, injury prevention, and basic nutrition and are there to answer any questions you may have.”


Romper Room

The Romper Room is the only indoor climbing gym in Nanaimo. They offer lessons, rental gear and great information about climbing in Nanaimo.

From their website:
”Since 1996 the Romper Room has been Vancouver Islands Premier Indoor Rock Climbing destination …For Fun …For Fitness …To Challenge Your Mind! We are dedicated to providing a safe and fun climbing experience for everyone!”


Run For the Mountain Trail Run (2011)

Run for the Mountain is a trail run race at Westwood Lake that benefits the Mount Benson Regional Park.

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Doumont Trails

The Doumont area is actually a large collection of trails that begin at the end of Doumont Road. From here you can hook into other trails and logging roads that end up on Mount Benson to the south or Lantzville foothills to the north. They can be a bit confusing so I recommend riding or running with someone who knows the trails well for the first time or take a map with you. Phil makes an amazing Doumont map and keeps it updated. You can get one of those here

Roberts Roost

Roberts Roost is a great little trail up to the east ridge of Mount Benson in Nanaimo. The trail meanders through Morrell Sanctuary, across the powerlines and hang a left at the first major intersection and across the logging road. Head up the hill from here up onto the ridge.