LGBTQ Travel Guide | Tourism Nanaimo
LGBTQ Travel Guide | Tourism Nanaimo

Your Guide to 2SLGBTQ+ Travel in Nanaimo

Blog by: Lauren Semple

Welcome to Nanaimo—the ultimate destination for 2SLGBTQ+ travellers seeking an inclusive and vibrant experience with unparalleled outdoor beauty and recreation access. In this coastal city, diversity isn’t just celebrated; it’s woven into the fabric of everyday life. From the electrifying Nanaimo Pride celebration in June to the thriving local scene of cozy cafes, indie retail, and inclusive spaces, Nanaimo offers a warm embrace to all who visit. This article dives deeper into the ways queer, trans and allied travellers can explore, connect, and create cherished memories here.

2SLGBTQIA+ Friendly Accommodations, Dining, and Attractions

Step into a network of spaces in Nanaimo that welcome everyone with open arms, embracing the vibrant diversity of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. These are welcoming spaces for queer and trans visitors (and locals), proudly displaying symbols of inclusion, like rainbow flags and providing gender-inclusive facilities and services. At the Nanaimo Art Gallery, you can fully immerse yourself in creativity in this 2SLGBTQ+ inclusive gallery and facilitation space.  Enjoy incredible craft beer and welcoming vibes at White Sails, where they proudly display their commitment to 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion on the wall where you enter. At The Vault, Indulge in delicious dishes and drinks in a space that values community above all else.

Funk Revival is more than just a store; it’s a haven of self-expression, offering fashion and vintage finds that speak to unique identities and bodies. Lose yourself in a world of literature at Windowseat Books in the Old City Quarter, where everyone is welcomed warmly. You can also satisfy your culinary and cafe cravings at Black Rabbit Kitchen and the White Rabbit cafe next door. And make sure to take advantage of the inclusive atmosphere at the Harbourfront Library Branch, the sweet indulgence of a Nanaimo Bar, and the vibrant and inclusive retail experience of Culture Craze in Woodgrove Centre. In Nanaimo, these are just a few of the welcoming spaces where you can celebrate your true self. 

Launch of 2SLGBTQ+ Travel Page

We’re ready to welcome you to a new chapter of inclusive travel with Tourism Nanaimo’s dedicated 2SLGBTQ+ Travel page. This new resource is designed to empower queer and trans travellers with essential information and support. From the interactive Gender Inclusive Washroom Map to the highlighting of 2SLGBTQ+-owned businesses in the directory, Tourism Nanaimo wants to support travellers in building a Nanaimo experience thoughtfully curated to ensure inclusivity and acceptance. Dive deeper into the vibrant 2SLGBTQ+ content on this page, offering insights and inspiration for your journey. With this resource at your fingertips, get ready to explore Nanaimo with confidence and pride!

Celebrate Pride

Speaking of pride, Nanaimo’s Pride Week, celebrated every June, is a kaleidoscope of colour, music, and love across our city. From the dazzling parade that winds through downtown to the vibrant festival at Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo comes alive with the spirit of inclusivity and acceptance. Join us in a celebration of self, surrounded by a community that embraces every shade of the rainbow!  You can learn more about Nanaimo Pride Week here.

Nanaimo extends a warm welcome to travellers of all backgrounds and identities. Tourism Nanaimo’s commitment to building an inclusive community for all is evident in our internal development and practical initiatives, such as our gender-inclusive washroom map, Nanaimo Pride sponsorship,  and directory of 2SLGBTQ+-owned businesses. Additionally, our new website hosts dedicated 2SLGBTQ+ content to support and inform travellers. From rainbow crosswalks to pride flags at City Hall, our city showcases visible signs of activism and support year round. Ready to explore Nanaimo’s vibrant 2SLGBTQ+ scene? Plan your gaycation now!



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