Bowen Park

This is a beautiful place to walk around. Also there is a complex and outdoor area for people to play tennis, Frisbee golf, and have different events. There are a few paths to take. The complex has a few rooms where different events take place and can be rented out. Overall it is a really pretty place to walk around, play and celebrate. My sister and I spent almost an hour and a half wondering around – it was really nice looking around.

Address500 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9R 1Z7

Phone(250) 755-7501

The Bowen Administration Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.


500 Bowen Road


Wheelchair Accessible


Bowen Park is located in the heart of the city, with most of the 36 hectare park remaining undeveloped. A series of interpretive trails meander along the Millstone River. A leisurely stroll leads to a scenic waterfall and fish ladder. Visit the duck pond and an amazing rhododendron grove with over 350 different species.

Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool (summer), sports fields, curling club, outdoor lacrosse box, disc golf (discs can be borrowed at registration counter), tennis courts, horseshoe pitches, sand volleyball courts, two playgrounds, lawn bowling green and an outdoor amphitheatre available for weddings and other private events. There are also two covered picnic shelters.

Bowen Park was donated to the City of Nanaimo in 1918 by the Western Fuel Company of San Francisco with a condition for park purpose only. Official land title registration took place in 1931.

Bowen Park is a large greenspace that has forest and a river, but has also been developed in other places with a recreation center, two BBQ pavilions (both with children’s playgrounds), disc golf course, two pedestrian bridges, impressive rhododendron gardens, a pool, horseshoes, lawn bowling, tennis, sand volleyball courts, curling, lacrosse, a duck pond, fish ladder and more.

The park is just northwest of downtown Nanaimo. Many people who bike or walk to work will cut through the park for some extra exercise, or for peace of mind. It’s also just a nice place to hang out with a blanket under the trees or near the Millstream river.

Bowen Park is especially pretty in the autumn, when the big maples have thick, crispy cushions of orange leaves beneath. There are big hills that are great for tobogganing in the winter, and in the spring there are flowers and blooming rhododendrons.

Bowen Park Complex

Bowen Park Complex is located near the downtown surrounded by the peacefulness of Nanaimo’s Bowen Park. The complex includes a gymnasium and stage, two kitchens, activity and games rooms, registration office, a preschool, pottery studio, pool room and is the location of the department’s administration offices. The complex hosts a variety of programs for all ages including many of the department’s senior programs.

For information about public rentals please call 250-756-5200

The complex does include a number of rooms that are available for public rentals and is a popular site for smaller community events and weddings.

Bowen Administration Office Hours (Upstairs) – Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm – Saturday, Sunday – Closed

Bowen Allocations Office Hours (Downstairs) – Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm – Saturday, Sunday – Closed

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