The Nanaimo River is rated as one of the top steelhead rivers for anglers on Vancouver Island and its recreational fishery for cutthroat is also well-known.
In 1999 and 2000, The Land Conservancy purchased the last remaining intact riparian area on the lower Nanaimo River. The site contains 56 hectares (140 acres) of old growth Douglas-fir forest and is integral to commercial and recreational fisheries associated with the Nanaimo River and Haslam Creek. They have a 99 year lease and funding is still needed to cover covenant costs and as well as for the maintenance and restoration efforts of certain areas.
Are you looking for a quick get away to paradise? The Nanaimo River is easily accessed turn right from the Trans-Canada Highway on to Thatcher Road., then right on to Frey Road for 1.5 km. Then look for TLC signs at the pull-out.