With a 30 minute hike off of the Nanaimo Parkway in Nanaimo, B.C., this quick hike is perfect for after work or school!

The falls cascades off of a sheet of rock that is filled with Ammonite fossils, thus the name Ammonite Falls!

The trailhead is very distinct and has a parking lot close to the start of the trail. From the Nanaimo Parkway (#19) head onto Jingle Pot Road. Follow that for a few kilometres and turn onto Kilpatrick Road, followed by another right on Jameson Road. Drive to the end of Jameson Road and park in the parking lot to the right. The well marked trail head is just up the hill.

The hike takes about 30 minutes at a regular pace. It offers great walking trails that are also great for trail running and mountain biking.

Once you reach the falls, there is an intermediate rope section that is helpful to you get down to the base of the waterfall. The ropes really come in handy if you plan to visit in spring or winter as the trail can get muddy and slippery.

The whole area is great to explore in the summer! Offering summer swimming and a rope trail that gets you up and behind the falls. Make sure to look out for fossils!

If you are feeling an adventure after a long day at work or school, this one is perfect!

Ammonite Falls Coordinates: 49.1903459,-124.0797247

Pack List

  • Good pair of running shoes
  • Swim wear for the summer
  • Camera
  • Hammock (always a good idea)
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
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RT Distance 3.1 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Running, Swimming, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

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Gorgeous

This is a great hike! Loved it! Highly recommend! Contrary to what the sign at the trailhead says it takes a good ~45mins (at least) to make it to the falls not 20-30mins (what are you a roadrunner?!?!) Also, the ropes to the falls can be closed during the rainy season and you don't know this until you hike the trail. There is no signage at the beginning of the trail to say the falls are closed. Either way! this was a great hike!

Super Fun Winter Hike

Did this hike solo last week. Full of snow and sunny day. All in all pretty magical for being such a short hike. highly recommend!

Beauty

Very beautiful, nice little hike to do with friends and family.


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