Don't fall into the depths! Nanaimo's Abyss sounds like a blockbuster science fiction movie, but it is one hundred percent real. So grab your hiking shoes, as you'll want to discover this hidden trail where the world splits in two.

The Abyss is a deep crack that appears to go down to the centre of the earth. Reaching this natural attraction is an easy 4.5-kilometre hike along the Extension Ridge trail. 

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The photos of this fissure don't do it justice for how impressive it is. Just make sure not to get too close. There are no barriers around here, so you do have to be careful.

The long crack in the ground is roughly 16 inches wide. It is wide enough for a pet or person to fall into.

The cause of the long split is still a mystery. Some of the theories suggest the area is the result of a collapsed old mine tunnel or an earthquake.

The unusual sight is 30 minutes from downtown Nanaimo. You'll need to drive along Harwood Mine Road. 

It would be a good idea to search for The Abyss in Google Maps, to make sure you don't miss where to stop. You'll then follow the blue and white signs along the well-maintained path that is part of The Great Trail.

After you've reached the stairs, there will be a fork in the road. Head right and continue following the signs until you arrive. 

In addition to the split in the earth, you'll also enjoy picturesque views of the Salish Sea and Mount Benson, so make sure to keep your camera ready.

To ensure you don't get lost, Tourism Nainamo recommends you download the Trailforks app so you can follow the walking route in real-time.

Are you planning a road trip to Vancouver Island? If so, make sure to make a pit stop here.

The Abyss

Price: Free

Address: Nanaimo C, BC

Why You Need To Go: It's a surreal sight, unlike anything you've seen before.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.