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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Park Contact

This park proudly operated by:
R.L.C. Enterprize Ltd.
250 474-1336
office@rlcparks.ca
www.rlcparks.ca
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park

Important Notice Attention Visitors – Important Notice!

  • Morden Mineshine - Free family event

    October 29, 2018: Morden Mineshine – free family event

    The Friends of the Morden Mine are organizing an event on December 2 to promote the park and create awareness of its historic importance. Everybody is welcome to participate.

About This Park

Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park protects features of Vancouver Island’s rich coal mining history. This small, undeveloped day-use park contains the only remaining coal tipple on the Island. This concrete tipple was built in the early 1900s by the Pacific Coal Company, and was the first of its kind in the region. The tipple is all that remains of the Morden Coal Mine, which once thrived here. The first sod was turned at this mine in 1912; in its first year of operation the mine produced 76,000 tonnes of coal. Visit the Friends of the Morden Mine site to learn more about conservation efforts to preserve the values in this park.

The Regional District of Nanaimo maintains a trail that runs through the park to the Nanaimo River along a historic railway right-of-way.

Established Date: January 10, 1972
Park Size: 4 hectares

Know Before You Go

Park Safety

  • The area around the coal tipple is fenced off for public safety. Access inside the fenced area is prohibited.

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park is located 7 km south of Nanaimo on southern Vancouver Island. Access to the park is off Hwy 1 on Morden Road. The parking lot for Morden Colliery is also used as the trailhead for the regional district.

Nature and Culture

  • History: Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park, established in 1972, contains the only remaining coal tipple on Vancouver Island. This concrete tipple was built in the early 1900s by the Pacific Coal Company, and was the first of its kind in the region. The tipple is all that remains of the Morden Coal Mine, which once thrived here. The first sod was turned at this mine in 1912; in its first year of operation the mine produced 76,000 tonnes of coal. A historic railway right-of-way also runs through the park.
  • General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information

Activities Available at this Park

Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Hiking

Hiking

There are no developed trails within Morden Colliery Historic Park, however the Regional District of Nanaimo maintains a trail that runs through the park to the Nanaimo River. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There is no viewing platform but this park contains the only remaining coal tipple on Vancouver Island – evidence of the area’s rich coal mining history. This concrete tipple was built in the early 1900s by the Pacific Coal Company, and was the first of its kind in the region. The tipple is all that remains of the Morden Coal Mine, which once thrived here. The first sod was turned at this mine in 1912; in its first year of operation the mine produced 76,000 tonnes of coal. Interpretive signage at the parking lot offers more information about the mine site. Visit the Friends of the Morden Mine site to learn more about conservation efforts to preserve the values in this park.

Facilities Available at this Park

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

There is a day-use/picnicking area at this park.