Did you know that Yellow Point, a small community located between Cedar and Ladysmith has some of the best kayaking spots in Nanaimo?
I love being out on the ocean, especially while kayaking. There is just something so soothing about being able to hear nothing but seagulls flying overhead and the crashing of waves as they reach the rocky shoreline. I also never get enough of seeing wildlife in their natural habitat, whether on land or in the water. No matter how many seals or starfish I have seen in my life, it just never gets old.
Luckily our kids are just as excited about seeing the abundance of sea creatures hanging off the rocks as I am, so we always make sure to go somewhere that will maintain their interest. And Yellow Point is just the place to do that.
Where to Launch
The best spot to launch kayaks is in the bay of Blue Heron Park, which can be found off of Yellow Point road (between Roberts Park and Yellow Point Park). Watch for the ‘Beach Access’ sign. From the parking lot there is a short stroll down the steps to the shoreline.
Even though it is a bit more of a walk, I recommend launching the kayaks when the tide is out, for you have a much better chance of seeing sea life.
The sandstone that creates the shore line of the Blue Heron bay holds an abundance of sea creatures. Stay right, and close to shore, and head towards Yellow Point Lodge. Obviously I can’t guarantee it, but along the way you should most likely see brightly colored starfish, large kelp crabs (long spindly legs, much like a spider), sea cucumbers, kelp beds, and other plant life.
If for some reason you come up short in the sea life department while kayaking along the rocky shores of Yellow Point, the towering sandstone landscape set before you will surely keep you interested.
If you don’t have access to kayaks, nor wish to venture out on the water, Blue Heron Park is also just a great place to have a picnic (tables are provided), pick blackberries (seasonal, of course) or stroll along the rocky shore. Those unique sandstone formations seen from the water houses some pretty awesome tide pools up on the beach too. These tide pools are created by the erosion of the waves splashing up on shore.
More About Yellow Point
Another great ocean access in Yellow Point (although not necessarily kayak friendly) is Roberts Memorial Park. A short 15-20 minute (1 km (.6 mile)) walk through a grove of Douglas Fir trees takes you to a rocky oceanfront where you will find unique sandstone ledges and small tidal pools.
Places to Camp around Yellow Point
- 4 All Seasons Resort – A family owned camping facility with over 100 sites in a treed setting
- Mermaid Cove Resort – this one is situated right next to Blue Heron Park
- Tillicum Seaside Resort – also beside Blue Heron Park (their website is extremely limited with information, but has some fantastic pictures of the area) contact #(250) 245-3848
- Zuiderzee Resort – located on Quennell Lake (great fishing lake in Yellow Point)
Although not in Yellow Point, the Living Forest Campground is a very popular campsite and is located in South Nanaimo (only a 15 minute drive to Cedar/Yellow Point).
Approved Accommodations in Yellow Point
If camping just isn’t your thing, these other accommodations in the Yellow Point/Cedar area might peak your interest:
- Blanket and Spoon
- Fiddick’s Farm Bed and Breakfast
- Marshmeadow Farm Bed and Breakfast
- Beachside Garden B&B
- Yellow Point Lodge
Yellow Point Attractions
While in the Cedar/Yellow Point area you may want to check out these other highly mentionable attractions:
The Crow and Gate Pub – this authentic English style pub is a favourite destination point for people who live on Vancouver Island.
For a more upscale dining experience you absolutely must try The Mahle House – situated in a restored 1904 heritage home in the heart of the Cedar community. The service is impeccable and the food is absolutely delicious!
Cedar Farmer’s Market – Located on the grounds next to the Crow & Gate Pub on Yellow Point Road. This market is a bustle of activity every Sunday morning from mid-May until the end of October. Locals and tourists alike flock to enjoy farm fresh produce and local homemade products from nearby producers in the area. Open Sundays from 10am – 2pm.
For a truly unique experience in the Nanaimo area, as well as a fantastic place to paddle, make sure to head towards Yellow Point!
What is your favorite thing to do in Yellow Point? Let me know in the comments below.