This is such a lovely area to walk around and there are a few spots where lookouts or benches have been placed so visitors can look over the water. It is a really nice spot to have a walk or want to be near some water without going downtown. Just know it is a conservation area, so be careful of the animals and plants in the marsh.
Located in the middle of the city of Nanaimo, the marsh covers approximately 100 acres. Within this is the 46 acre Buttertubs Marsh Conservation Area, owned by the Nature Trust of British Columbia. Buttertubs Marsh is a bird and wildlife sanctuary. There is a 2 km loop trail around the marsh and a few observation decks and a tower perfect for birdwatching. You’ll find the Miner’s Cottage at the main entrance to the park on Second Street. There is parking also available off of Buttertubs Drive.
As the area is a bird sanctuary, dogs are not permitted in Buttertubs Marsh.
Address: 197 Bird Sanctuary Dr, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6G8
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: (250) 754-4251