Welcome to Nanaimo, BC

The city of Nanaimo is a classic West Coast community, offering natural beauty at every turn, and vast recreation potential. Nanaimo has one of the longest shorelines in Canada, and a forested mountain backdrop just outside downtown. Here, you can go from the wilderness to the city centre in just a few minutes, and spend more time in the places you want to be.


Nanaimo’s Visitor Centre is relocating to downtown Nanaimo – Our new location – at 101 Gordon Street – will open on March 12, 2024.

The Visitor Centre, which is managed by the Tourism Nanaimo Society, will be located inside the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, with a dedicated entrance opposite the Marriott Hotel.

Please note: The previous Visitor Centre location at Northfield Road has now permanently closed.

While we prepare the new Visitor Centre for opening, our team will be available to assist visitors by phone, email and through social channels (details below). We’re committed to ensuring your inquiries are addressed promptly.

Thank you for your patience and support during this exciting time of change. We can’t wait to serve you at our new location!

Between January 8th and March 11th 2024 please contact our team via:

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Nanaimo, British Columbia

Nanaimo, BC is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, 113 km north of Victoria, and 55 km across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver. The city projects out into the strait like a headland, affording waterfront on three sides and spectacular ocean views at every turn. The local landscape is defined by Mount Benson, which rises 1,006 metres (3,300 feet) just west of Nanaimo, and the Nanaimo River estuary, the largest estuary on Vancouver Island, which flows into Nanaimo Harbour at the south end of the city.


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