Located in South Nanaimo off the 5th Street Parkway Exit (Exit #16) and near Vancouver Island University, Morrell Sanctuary is 111 hectares of preserved second growth forest with 11 kilometers of walking trails.


With conservation in mind, William Morrell, a local contractor, donated this land in 1973 for the public's enjoyment. Last logged in the twenties, Morrell Nature Sanctuary is a privately owned nature reserve leased and managed by Morrell Sanctuary Society for Environmental Education, a not-for-profit organization managed by volunteers who maintain the park and organize many programs for school children and the general public and are supported solely by donations, membership fees and, in the past, a gaming grant from the BC Provincial Government. If you are not already a member, please consider joining and helping us to support this lovely property.

One of our members—Wendy Kirkpatrick—researched and wrote an essay about the Sanctuary. Learn about the history and programs on the Sanctuary, along with information about local flora and fauna

For the enjoyment and safety of all Sanctuary users, dogs must be on leash while in the Sanctuary.

Front Gate 

The public is welcome to enjoy the Sanctuary year round from dawn to dusk. If you have any questions or comments, please phone us at 250-753-5811, email at morrell@shawbiz.ca or drop into the office on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM

Enjoy your walk.