Sunday, August 17, 2014

Gnome Homes in Nanaimo

In June I learned about a man in Nanaimo, BC (just down island from me) that creates Gnome doors.  His website Believe & Magic Happens tells the story of how gnomes migrated from Europe to Canada to Vancouver Island.  It’s a great story and he includes descriptions of gnomes and how they live.
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We found some of his homes at two parks in Nanaimo.   The first park is Morrell Nature Sanctuary.  The homes are easy to find on an easy loop trail.  There is a map by the parking lot.

Here are a few of Charlie’s beautiful decorated homes.
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The second park is Neck Point Park.  An inviting park right on the water.  The doors weren’t as easy to find because there is no identification at the park that they are even there. 
I found a blog that helped us find our way.  Follow their directions and
you’ll find them. 
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Most of them are very obvious on the wide path.  We passed another family searching and it was delightful to watch two little girls run tree to tree hoping to find another.
                            Happy home hunting.


  1. I am going to have to go on a Nanaimo gnome hunt.

  2. This can really be a fun and unique experience especially for the kids. I'm pretty sure that they will see more than just doors especially when their imaginations start running.

  3. Dear Maureen. I am the gnome man in nanaimo. Please email me @ so we can have a chat. I am really enjoying working with the gnomes and crafting new doors for their homes as requested. talk soon... charliep