Mount Benson is a popular hiking route … that I have done several times.

I like to think of it as the Grouse Grind of Vancouver Island.

It is quite challenging and a great workout. … amazing 360 views of the city of Nanaimo, Straight of Georgia, the Coast Mountains and the surrounding mountains behind Mt. Benson.


  • 8km round trip
  • 730 meter elevation gain
  • 3-5 hours
  • difficult
  • dogs allowed on leash