About the Park

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An easy walking trail of 11 km weaves through the park along Holden Lake. The trail takes you through a mature coastal Douglas Fir forest, interspersed with red alder and bi-leaf maple and through to marsh lands that are equipped with a viewing platform. These ecosystems are perfect opportunities for bird watching. Look for trumpeter swans, eagles, and turkey vultures. Keep an eye out for the beavers and deer that inhabit the park. Holden Lake provides excellent opportunities for paddlers, boaters and anglers.

For more information, please visit www.bcparks.ca


No picnicking spots.


No camping permitted.


No fires allowed.

Park Info


  • Hiking

  • Canoeing / kayaking

  • Pets on leash

  • Bicycling


  • Picnic sites

  • Toilets


Hemer Park is located 12 km south of Nanaimo on Holden Lake. Take the Cedar Road exit from Hwy 1 follow signs to the park which is located on Hemer Road.

Tours & Programs

Deeper Sense of Nature

Awaken your senses to the beauty and wonder of our Parks.  Allow our Knowledgeable Staff to bring the natural world to your finger tips…and into your heart! Let us show you the secrets of the natural world and open your eyes to the beauty of our parks.  Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds and empower yourself with...

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Forest Foraging

Discover the secret menu of the forest with our enthusiastic Park Naturalist.  With a passion for everything outdoors, our Naturalists are professionally trained to make “a walk in the park” one of the most interesting and inspiring activities you will experience.  Find out what you can nibble on the next time you’re cruising through the...

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